Divine Mercy Novena

In case you’ve forgotten this is the fifth day in the Novena and the intention is for the souls of Those who have separated themselves from the Church. The novena is a way to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday, it begins on Good Friday and goes until the Second Sunday of Easter. If you haven’t started to novena it doesn’t matter just pray the chaplet for the rest of the week or at least take some time and pray a chaplet of two before Sunday. The Chaplet is from the writing of St. Faustina Kowalska, as it comes from the visions and conversations with Jesus, who made specific promises regarding the recitation of the prayers.

The prayers are as followed and there are a lot of optional prayers. You pray the Chaplet on a regular Rosary and like all prayers begin with the Sign of the Cross.

It can begins with an optional 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, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.” This can be followed by another optional prayer which may also be used to begin the chaplet, this prayer is repeated three times “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!”

Here is where I begin:
On the three beads you pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed.
After this on all the “big beads” typically Our Fathers 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.” and on the “small beads” the Hail Mary’s you pray “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”. This is prayed as you go around the Rosary. When you reach the end on the medallion in the middle you pray “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world” three times.
This can be followed by another optional 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.”

After this you get back to the sign of the cross and it’s over. At the end I also add “Jesus, I trust in You” I picked this up from a Polish friend who reintroduced the chaplet to me in college I had done it a couple times way back in middle school. That is the chaplet, it is easier to pray and takes less time than praying a Rosary.