Prayers and Devotions for Divine Mercy

THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET

The Divine Mercy Chaplet is most often recited starting on Good Friday and ending on Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday), but it can be prayed at any time of the year. St. Maria Faustina recited it almost unceasingly.

A standard rosary can be used to recite the chaplet.

Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Opening 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!

Pray the Our Father
Pray the Hail Mary
Say the Apostles' Creed

On the large bead 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. Amen.

On the ten small beads of each decade:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

After you have prayed all five decades of the Chaplet, conclude by saying three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Recite the Closing Prayer and end with the Sign of the Cross:
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.

PRAYERS FOR DIVINE MERCY

“LORD, I AM A SINNER; COME WITH YOUR MERCY”
During a general audience, Pope Francis taught this simple and direct prayer to the crowd, urging its frequent use during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

TODAY'S MERCY MEDITATION

The United Heart of Jesus and St. Faustina
Fixed on My Holy Will

Meditation:
I want the eyes of your soul to be always fixed on My holy will, since it is in this way that you will please Me most. No sacrifices can be compared to this. Throughout all the exercises you will remain close to My Heart. You shall not undertake any reforms, because I will dispose of your whole life as I see fit. The priest who will preach the retreat will not speak a single word which will trouble you (Diary, 1327).

My Prayer Response:
Lord Jesus, with my spiritual eyes, I want to be always fixed on Your holy will. And help me to remain close to Your Heart. May Your will, not mine, be done.

*Passages in bold words are Jesus speaking.
Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul © 1987 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. Excerpted from Divine Mercy Minutes with Jesus: Praying Daily on Jesus' Words from the Diary of St. Faustina by Rev. George W. Kosicki, CSB © 2010 Marian Press