This is just a reminder that on Friday (Good Friday) is the First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena. It is in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy comes to us from Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska, a Polish Saint canonized by John Paul II in 2000 from when she visions and conversations with Jesus, is where we get the prayer. Faustina wrote Jesus instructed her that the Feast of Mercy (the Sunday after Easter) be preceded by a Divine Mercy Novena which would begin on Good Friday. John Paul in a homily on Divine Mercy Sunday said “Jesus said to St. Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy”. Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.” In this year of mercy why not pick up a rosary or your fingers and pray the Chaplet this year.
To pray the Chaplet is rather easy, however there are some alternate prayers that you can add to the beginning and the end, I’ve never done these.
To begin you can do the opening prayers or just jump right in with an Our Father, Hail Mary and The Apostle’s Creed (these are prayed on the three Hail Mary’s on the part with the cross).
On the Our Father beads (big ones) you pray “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 (small ones)you pray “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
You continue this all the way around the Rosary, all five decades.
Then you pray “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” You say this three times, and then you can add the optional closing prayer and or simply end it all with “Jesus, I Trust in you” again said three times.