The Feast of Divine Mercy is approaching, next Sunday, April 24, and with it the prayer of the Chaplet emerges, a devotion spread throughout the world by the faithful who have welcomed the message delivered by Jesus himself to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska .
Inés Mery, a volunteer of the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy Foundation in Chile, and faithful promoter of this devotion, explained to ACI Prensa five reasons to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
1.- It is an attitude of trust
Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina between September 13 and 14, 1935 in Vilna (Lithuania) and asked her to make His Mercy known through the diffusion of His image with the inscription that says “Jesus I trust you”; through the feast of Divine Mercy and the prayer of the Chaplet.
The people who pray this chaplet offer to God the Father “the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity” of Jesus Christ “as propitiation for their sins, the sins of their relatives and those of the whole world. By joining the sacrifice of Jesus, they appeal to this love with which God the Father loves his Son and in Him all people, ”explained Mery.
“In this prayer you ask ‘mercy for us and the whole world‘” “adding to that an attitude of trust,” he added.
In this way, “fulfilling the conditions that must characterize every good prayer (humility, perseverance, submission to the will of God), the faithful can expect the fulfillment of the promises of Christ that refer especially to the hour of prayer. death: the grace of conversion and a serene death”.
“Not only the people who pray this Chaplet will enjoy these graces, but also the dying for whose intention other people pray it. Jesus told Saint Faustina: ‘Through the prayer of this chaplet you bring humanity closer to me‘” (D. 929), describes the Saint in her diary.
2.- Extraordinary graces are obtained
Jesus said to Saint Faustina “my daughter, encourage souls to pray the chaplet that I have given you. To those who pray this chaplet, I am pleased to give them what they ask for” (D. 1541).
“Pray the chaplet that I have taught you” because “through it you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is in accordance with My will” (D. 1731).
“To the souls who pray this chaplet, My mercy will envelop you in life and especially at the hour of death.” (D. 754). I will defend them “as My glory to each soul”, “or when others pray it together with the dying, who will obtain the same forgiveness. When this chaplet is recited near the dying person, divine wrath is appeased and unfathomable mercy envelops the soul and the bowels of My mercy are moved by the painful Passion of My Son” (D. 811).
“Even the most hardened sinner, if he prays this chaplet just once, he will receive the grace of My infinite mercy” (D. 687), Jesus promised.
3.- It is a personal and community prayer
The Chaplet is meant to be prayed both in community and individually.
In that sense, “by saying ‘we’ it refers both to the person who prays it and to all those for whom it is prayed; when saying the ‘whole world’ it refers to praying for both the living and the dead”, explained Inés Mery.
In reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, “Jesus asks us to implore mercy ‘for ourselves,’ thus teaching us to combat selfishness in prayer and thus makes the prayer of Divine Mercy an act of sacrificial love”.
When praying the Chaplet “we unite ourselves to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross in which He offered Himself for our salvation. In reciting the words ‘Your Most Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ’, we do so by virtue of the love that God the Father has for his Son, and in Him, for all men. Thus, we resort to the strongest motive to be heard by God.
4.- It only takes 5 minutes
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed with a rosary. It begins with the sign of the Cross and then the recitation of an Our Father, a Hail Mary and the Creed.
Then, at the beginning of each decade, recite “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, the Soul and the Divinity of your Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as propitiation for our sins and those of the entire world.”
In the Hail Mary beads, instead of reciting this prayer, it is said ten times “Through His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
At the end of the five tens, the words “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world” are said three times and one can add “Oh Blood and Water that flowed from the Heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy. for us, I trust You.” “Saint Faustina, pray for us”. Saint John Paul II, pray for us.
5.- You can pray at any time
The Chaplet can be prayed at any time. “Sometimes there is misconception that you have to pray it at three in the afternoonwhich Jesus did not ask for,” said Mery.
“Three in the afternoon, which is the Hour of Great Mercy, is addressed to the Son, Jesus Christ, to contemplate him in his Passion” instead, “the Chaplet is addressed to the Father God”.
“What can be done and is done in various Mercy sanctuaries is that at three in the afternoon the Passion of Christ is contemplated for a moment and then the Chaplet is prayed,” he explained.
“At whatever time the Chaplet is prayed, the important thing is to understand that with this prayer we ask the Father to look at us through the wounds of his Son Jesus and, that when looking at us through the wounds of his Son, he does not treat us as our sins deserve, but treats us according to his great goodness and mercy”.
“I saw a great clarity and in it God the Father. Between the light and the Earth I saw Jesus nailed to the cross in such a way that God, wishing to look towards the earth, had to look through the wounds of Jesus. Y I understood that God blessed the earth in consideration of Jesus” (D. 60), describes the diary of Santa Faustina.