The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. What power does this prayer have that so many people know and recite it, in so many languages around the world?
T he answer is given by Jesus himself, whose words were recorded in the journals of Sister Faustyna. Under the post on 13 September 1935 in Sister Faustyna’s Diary we can read about an extraordinary event. Faustyna saw an angel who, on orders from God, was to destroy the Earth, particularly one place. The Sister prayed for salvation but her prayers were futile. It was then that she first heard the words that we now know as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. When she said those words, the judgement of God was stayed. The next morning, when she entered chapel, she heard these words internally: “Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday.” She then wrote: “When I had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words: ‘This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the following manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the OUR FATHER beads you will say the following words: “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 you will say the following words: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.” In conclusion, you will recite these words three times: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” (Diary, 476)
The Promise of the Lord Jesus
The situations that led to the Chaplet are quite extraordinary. But the spiritual beauty and the incredible value of the prayer goes further. These are the words of Jesus, who himself encourages us to make the prayer a habit: “Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy”. (Diary, 687). “It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. (Diary, 1541). In another part of the Diary, it is written: “Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet. Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them.” (Diary, 848).
“Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy” (Diary, 687)
The Chaplet contains exceptional strength and dynamism. If we look closely at its words, we can discover in them elements of the Eucharist. In the Holy Mass the priest offers Jesus for the Father, for us, and for the whole world. It is the same in the Chaplet. The difference is that we are offering to the Father the Body and Blood, Spirit and Divinity, of the whole of Jesus Christ. We do this to beseech for the forgiveness of our sins and for the sins of the whole world. It is a prayer given to us, the people of the 20th and 21st centuries. Why us? Jesus knows why. He himself called this prayer “the last means of our salvation.”