The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is one of the ways to pray the standard Rosary.
It consists of a set of short Catholic invocations addressed to God and Jesus.
These were based on the visions St. Faustina received from Jesus in 1935.
How to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy step by step
1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. 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.
3. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.
4. The Apostles’ 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.
5. The Eternal Father
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.
6. On the Small Beads (Repeat ten times)
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
7. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
When can I pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy?
It is preferable at 3:00 p.m., which is the hour of mercy, but it is not mandatory.
Like any prayer, this Rosary can be recited at any time, every day,
Tips for praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
You don’t have to use a rosary, but it helps a lot. However, if you decide to buy one, the best choice is to take five decades-old Rosary. Well, with this model, it’s simpler to choose the beads the right way.
If you don’t have a rosary, you can always use your hands to take the count. Do it this way:
With your right hand, use each finger to count the big beads of Our Father. Use one finger for each bead until you use all five fingers.
With your left hand, use each finger twice to count the small Ave Maria beads. Remember, there are 10 in total.
History of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
This Rosary was presented to the world in the 1930s by Sister Maria Faustina, also known as Saint Kowalska.
The Saint was born in Poland in 1905, she was a disciple of Divine Mercy and related in her diaries the apparitions of Jesus and his teachings of prayer.
Jesus recited a set of prayers to be used along with the Rosary, today, these short prayers are known as the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
With the promise of grace and mercy to those who pray the teachings of Jesus during life or even in the face of death, and for their simplicity and ease, this Rosary quickly became known throughout the world.