St. Agatha Church
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."
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.