The Divine Mercy


Written by McDonald, T.  |  Date 31st of January 2021

What is the Divine Mercy?

The Divine Mercy chaplet is a Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy of God.  St Faustina was visited by Jesus in visions and He gave her instructions for a painting and the chaplet of Divine Mercy.  The painting is of Christ with rays of light emitting from his heart and the words, 'Trust in Jesus' at the bottom. 

The Divine Mercy chaplet is an extremely powerful prayer used to combat the evil in the world. It is easy to learn since it uses some well known prayers.

What is the Chaplet for?

According to the University of Glasgow (n.d.), 

"...the main purpose of Chaplet of Divine Mercy is to appease the Just Anger of the Holy Trinity."

The chaplet is a prayer we can say to ask God to forgive us and heal us.  It shows that God unlike us is willing to forgive.  We can use this prayer to pray for others and not just those in our families: we can use it to pray for the forgiveness of the whole world. 

Jesus told St Faustina The Chaplet along with Pope St John Paul the II would preparer the world for the end times and the subsequent second coming of Christ.

The Feast of Mercy

Celebrated on the 1st Sunday after Easter.  This feast was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on 30 April 2000.

Who is St Faustina?

Born Helena Kowalska in 1905 in Poland, St Faustina was the first person to be made a saint in the 21 century on April the 15th 2000 by Pop John Paul II.  St Faustina passed away on 5 October 1938.

How to say the Divine Mercy 

The Divine Mercy Prayers are said using the Rosary beads. 

Using a Rosary, make the sign of the cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Optional prayers

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You! (Repeat three times)

Introductory prays 

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

On the Our Father beads before each decade 

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.

For each of the ten beads on each decade

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

After the 5th decade

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Optional concluding prayer

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion—inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Optional: St. Faustina's Litany of Divine Mercy

Optional: 3 O'Clock Prayer


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