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The Divine Mercy Chaplet - Another Devotion using the Rosary

St Faustina, a Polish nun, saw a vision of Christ in one evening in 1931. He stood before her clothed in white, and leaned towards with her one foot forward. 'One hand was raised in a gesture of blessing, the other touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment slightly drawn from the side at the breast, there was emanating two large rays of light, one red and one pale.' These rays signified Blood and Water flowing from his side when He was pierced with a lance on the cross. When Faustina asked what it meant, Jesus explained  that 'the pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The Red stands for the Blood which is the life of souls.' 

Jesus said;

"Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature, 'Jesus I trust in you'. I desire that this image be venerated, first in the chapel and then in the world."

"I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I will defend it as My own glory."

"From all my wounds, like the streams, mercy flows for souls, but the wound in My heart is the fountain of unfathomable Mercy. From this fountain springs all graces for souls. The flames of compassion burn Me. I greatly desire to pour them out upon souls. Speak to the whole world about my Mercy."

"I am more generous toward sinners than toward the just, it was for their sake that I came down from heaven, it was for their sake that My blood spilled. Let them not fear to approach Me; they are most in need of My mercy."

How to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

1) Beginning Prayers

The Lord's Prayer;

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.

Three Hail Marys;

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed are 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.

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; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall 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.

2) Begin meditation on the Divine Mercy

If using a Rosary, use the 'Our Father' beads to 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 for the sins of the whole world.'

3) Pray for an outpouring of the Divine Mercy

If using a Rosary use the 'Hail Mary' beads to pray:

'For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world'

It is a good idea to download the Virtual Rosary as the Divine Mercy Chaplet's 'prayercast' application has prayer requests that help the meditation. This application is a wonderful aide to increase your prayer life and meditation.

4) Conclude

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world (say three times).