April 15, 2022

How to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet

In paragraphs 474-476 of the diary of St. Faustina, she records the instructions given to her by Christ for praying the Divine Mercy chaplet.

Using a rosary, pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed.

For each decade, in place of the Our Father, pray these words: “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 the Hail Mary beads, pray the following words: “For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

After completing the fifth decade, pray these words three times: “Holy God, holy mighty One, holy immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Many who pray the chaplet close with this final optional 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. Amen.” †

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