The Divine Mercy Chaplet

St. Faustina received instruction from Jesus about how to pray the  Divine Mercy Chaplet.  He asked for  prayer and meditation on His Passion each afternoon at three o'clock (the hour which commemorates His death on the cross).

 The chaplet is prayed using Rosary beads as follows.

Make the Sign of the Cross

Optional 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. 

(Repeat three times) 
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!

Pray one 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.

One Hail Mary....
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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.

and The Apostle's 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. Amen.

For each decade...

Pray on large 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.

Pray on 10 small beads of each decade

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

After all 5 decades of Chaplet are complete

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

Optional Concluding 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.

Divine Mercy 

St. Faustina (born Helena Kowalska) was a Polish nun who lived from 1905-1938.   In her diary, "Divine Mercy in my Soul", she recounted apparitions of Jesus Christ in which He asked her to spread devotion to the infinite mercy of God. The Divine Mercy devotion is meant to encourage everyone to trust in God's mercy despite any feelings of fear or unworthiness. 

The Sunday after Easter was designated as Divine Mercy Sunday by Pope John Paul II (on April 30, 2000).

In a decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Administration of the Sacraments (dated May 23, 2000), it states "...throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come."