The Chaplet Of Divine Mercy
“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases
Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying this chaplet. When hardened sinners
say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be
a happy one.”
Jesus to Saint Faustina
Pray Along Videos
Audio Version: The audio video is the normal version that most people follow
when praying the Divine Mercy.
Song Version: This beautiful rendition of the Divine Mercy will lift up your
soul in praise to the Lord for his fathomless mercy on us.
A Brief History
In heaven Jesus still carries the scar of that wound in His Sacred Heart, pierced
by the spear of Longinus, which speaks eloquently of the greatest love the world
will ever know.
Between 1930 and 1938 Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland,
to re-teach us the story of His love even unto death, and His disappointment in
us because of distrust in His Mercy and goodness. Sister Faustina's life was a routine
of every-day chores - tending the door, cooking, sweeping, gardening. Even the closest
of her nun-companions never guessed God's predilections for her, or knew the wonderful
secrets He whispered to her at prayer.
Sister Faustina received the first apparition of the Merciful Christ on the 22nd
of February, 1931 in Plotzk. She describes it thus: "It happened in the evening.
I was in my cell, when I saw Jesus dressed in a white garment. He held one hand
raised in blessing and with the other He was touching the garment at the breast.
From under the garment came two rays of light, one red the other pale. In silence
I contemplated the Lord. My soul was filled with fear and, at the same time, with
great joy. After a moment Jesus said to me:
'Paint a picture according to the vision you see and with the inscription: - Jesus,
I Trust in Thee - I desire that the picture be venerated first in your chapel and
then throughout the whole world'."
"These rays (red and pale, symbolizing the Blood and Water that gushed forth from
the Sacred Heart) shield the soul before the wrath of My Father. . Fortunate is
he who lives in Their shelter for the just hand of God will never reach him."
Along with these instructions of Our Lord Sister Faustina notes two promises given
by the Savior:
"I promise, that the soul that will venerate this picture will not perish. I further
promise to that soul victory over its enemies already here on earth and especially
in the hour of death. I, Myself, shall defend that soul as my own glory."
Our Lord also promised:
"When punishments for sins shall come upon the earth, and your native land shall
be in extreme abasement, the only salvation will be hope in Divine Mercy. I shall
preserve the cities and homes which this picture shall be found; I shall protect
likewise those persons who shall venerate and have confidence in My Mercy."
Of special interest and inspiration is the fact that Wilno and Cracow, the only
two cities in Poland, where the picture of Our Merciful Lord was publicly exposed
before World War II, were both spared destruction, even though other cities were
Confidence in God! Trust in God! - is the great appeal of Jesus in this devotion.
Through the devotion to His Most Sacred Heart, the Savior desired to enkindle in
the heart of man a flame of love and expiation. Through this devotion, He wishes
to instill in our hearts a feeling of unbounded trust and confidence in His Mercy.
"The flames of Mercy consume Me", cries Jesus, "and I desire to pour them out upon
human souls." Lack of confidence pains Him immeasurably. "Distrust of souls tears
at my bosom. The lack of confidence in chosen souls hurts Me most. Despite my inexhaustible
love, they do not trust Me...!"
In order to console the worst of sinners He told Sister Faustina to write: "The
greatest sinner has the greatest right to have hope in My Mercy. The soul which
invokes My Mercy brings Me untold delight. I grant it graces beyond its expectations.
I cannot punish a soul which has recourse to My pity and compassion even though
it be the greatest sinner . . . In My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy, I seek
to justify it."
The Savior warmly exhorts people to hasten to His Mercy before His Justice prevails:
"Write that before I come as the just one, I first open wide the gates of My Mercy.
He who does not want to pass through the gates of mercy, will have to pass through
the gates of justice." Our Lord permitted Sister Faustina to see the enormity of
man's sins. Frightened at their hideousness, she asked Him how He could suffer such
gross insults. "I have eternity for the punishment of these. Now, I prolong the
time of My Mercy. But, woe to him who does not recognize the time of My visitation..
Secretary of My Mercy, you are obliged not only to write and proclaim My Mercy,
but also to implore graces for sinners, that they too may praise My Mercy." At another
time Jesus said to her: "Write, the greater the misery, the stronger the right to
mercy. Summon all souls to confidence in the incomprehensible abyss of My Mercy,
for I desire to save all. The well of Mercy was opened wide with a lance on the
cross for all souls. I do not exclude anyone."
Through this humble nun Our Savior also voices a warning to the world that its efforts
to rise from its present material and moral degradation will be fruitless, unless
it turns to His Mercy: "Mankind will not find peace, until it turns with confidence
to My Mercy." But at the same time He adds a kind invitation and a hopeful promise:
"Tell ailing mankind to draw close to My Merciful heart and I will fill it with
Chaplet of Mercy
On September 13, 1935, Sister Faustina saw an angel, depicted to her as the executor
of God's Wrath. In his hands were lightning bolts and thunder. She understood the
angel was about to visit a certain place on earth and mete out punishment to its
inhabitants. Our Divine Savior had made Sister Faustina's heart after His own merciful
one, and she was sorrowful and begged the angel for mercy. But somehow she realized
that her poor prayers were without power to appease the wrath of God. Then suddenly
the Holy Trinity was manifested, and at the same time the sister heard these words:
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy Most
Beloved Son and Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and
the sins of the whole world."
Wonder of wonders, as she repeated the words over and over, the angel was powerless
to mete out the punishment. The next day while going into chapel she heard once
again: "As many times as you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer I taught
you yesterday." She recited it at once and the voice spoke again: "This prayer is
given to appease the Wrath of God. You will recite it for nine days on the usual
part of the Rosary (five decades) in the following manner:
First you will say the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. Then on the larger
beads you will recite the prayer:
'Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy Most
Beloved Son and Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and
the sins of the whole world,'
and the smaller beads:
'Through His most sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.'
In conclusion you will say three times:
'Holy God, Holy Omnipotent, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us and on the world.'"
Sister received on September 14, 1935, the following beautiful promises for all
who would pray this powerful chaplet.
"Unceasingly recite this chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it
will receive great mercy at the hour of death...Priests will recommend it to sinners
as a last hope of salvation. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this chaplet
even once, will receive grace from My infinite mercy (II, 129). . . Oh, what great
graces I will grant to souls who will recite this chaplet (II, 229). . . By means
of it you can ask and obtain anything, if what you ask for will be compatible with
My will (VI, 93). . . I want the whole world to know My infinite mercy. I want to
give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My mercy. (II, 129).
During His Passion Our Savior shed His Precious Blood for us. There were but a few
drops left in His Dying Heart. He permits the Sacred Heart to be opened with a lance;
and the blood trapped therein gushed forth and water with it. The Savior wishes
that this touching manifestation of His love be venerated in a special manner in
the devotion to the Mercy of God. It is for that reason that He instructed Sister
Faustina to write down this short ejaculation and to use it often:
"O Blood and Water, which hath gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of
Mercy for us, I Trust in Thee."
Let us imagine that Jesus is addressing us, when He said to Sister Faustina: "Secretary
of My Mercy, I obligate you not only to write and proclaim My Mercy, but also to
implore graces for them (sinners), that they may also praise My Mercy."
Proclaim His Mercy
Our Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Faustina, too.
On the Feast of the Annunciation
in 1936 Mary said to her:
"I gave the world a Savior. You must proclaim His Mercy to it and prepare the world
for His Second Coming. He will then come not as a Merciful Savior, but as a Just
Judge. It will be a day of horror; resolved to be the day of Justice-the day of
the Wrath of God. Angels tremble before it. . . Speak to souls of this great Mercy,
while there is still time. If you remain silent now, you will have to account for
a great number of souls on that final day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end."
Sister Faustina died on October 5, 1938. Her time to work for God's Mercy on earth
came to an end. She may well be on her way to being canonized a saint due to her
holiness of life. She has already been declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II on
April 18, 1993. Now it is up to us to tell sinners about the love and mercy of the
Sacred Heart. Our Savior left us a promise, too, if we would. He said to Sister
"I protect, as a mother does a child, the souls that promote the devotion to My
Mercy during their entire lifetime; and in the hour of their death I will not be
their judge, but their Savior. In that final hour the soul does not have anything
in its defense save My Mercy. Fortunate is the soul that during life immersed itself
in the fountain of My Mercy, for justice will not reach it there."
"Tell my priests that hardened sinners will crumble beneath their words when they
will speak about My unfathomable mercy, about the compassion I have for them in
My heart. To priests who will proclaim and extol My mercy I will give wonderful
power, and I will anoint their words and I will touch the hearts to which they will
The Hour of Great Mercy
This was designated by Our Lord as the Hour of great grace for the whole world.
After Sister had said this short prayer:
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."
She also recorded the
following request by Our Lord:
"At three o'clock implore My Mercy especially for sinners; and if only for a brief
moment, steep yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment
of agony. This is the hour of great Mercy for the whole world. . . In this hour
I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion."
It was about four months later when Sister wrote:
"I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third
hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke
its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that
moment (mercy) was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything
for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole
world - mercy triumphed over justice."
"MY JESUS, Grant that I may have love, compassion and mercy for every soul without
exception. O my Jesus, each of Your saints reflects one of Your virtues; I desire
to reflect Your compassionate heart, full of mercy; I want to glorify it. Let your
mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart and soul like a seal, and this will be
my badge in this and the future life. Glorifying Your mercy is the exclusive task
of my life." (1242)
"JESUS, make my heart like unto Yours, or rather transform it into Your own Heart
that I may sense the needs of other hearts, especially those who are sad and suffering.
May the rays of mercy rest in my heart." (514)
Prayers of St. Faustina Kowalska