Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

History:
Helena Kowalska was born in the village of Glogowiec west of Lodz, Poland, on Aug. 25th, 1905.  She was the 3rd of 10 children.  In 1925 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women.  The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added "of the Most Blessed Sacrament", as was permitted by her Congregation's custom.  In the 1930s, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world.  She was asked to become the apostle and 'secretary' (with the task to receive, document, and pass on the message) of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for re-emphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world.
The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; on 'Mercy Sunday' of the Jubilee Year 2000, John Paul II canonized her as the first saint of the New Millennium; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy. 
Our Lord said to Sister Faustina:
"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you...  Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death...  When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge, but as the Merciful Saviour...  Priest will recommend it to sinners as their last home of salvation.  Even if there were a sinner most hardened, it he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy.  I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy...  Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will."

Medals/Beads:
....................0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0 0 0
C  X  0 0 0  X  M ( ............................................................... )
....................0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0 0 0

Method:
Opening 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, envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.  O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
On 1st three beads:
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Apostles Creed
On the large (X) bead prior to 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.
On the small (0) beads:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Conclude with:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.  O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You.
Closing 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.

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