By S.L. Hansen
(SNR) - Prayed on Rosary beads, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a powerful intercessory prayer. It can be prayed at any time, and is often offered at 3 p.m., the hour of Christ’s death on the Cross. However, Jesus particularly instructed Saint Faustina that the chaplet should be prayed daily during the nine days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, beginning on Good Friday, with a different intention for each day.
Following the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostles Creed, on each of the large beads, pray, “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” On each of the smaller beads, pray, “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” The chaplet ends with “Holy God” three times.
The Novena intentions are:
- Good Friday: All mankind, especially sinners
- Holy Saturday: The souls of priests and religious
- Easter Sunday: All devout and faithful souls
- Easter Monday: Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
- Easter Tuesday: The souls of separated brethren
- Easter Wednesday: The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
- Easter Thursday: The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
- Easter Friday: The souls who are detained in purgatory;
- Easter Saturday: The souls who have become lukewarm.
The Lord’s promises for this chaplet include:
“Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” (Diary, 687)
“When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541)
“Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy.” (Diary, 687)
“I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.” (Diary, 687)
“Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, 1731)