I posted earlier that this year is the year of Mercy, and the Divine Mercy Novena begins today. As promised, this is a “crash” tutorial in how to say the prayers.
Traditionally, they are done on rosary beads. However, it is not required. All that you need are your fingers and some basic counting skills.
The series of prayers, called the Chaplet, begins by stating the intentions being prayed for. Because we are doing the Divine Mercy Novena, each day has a special intention. You pray this first and then the Chaplet.
The Chaplet is very simple. You can break it up into three parts: Beginning, Body, and End.
You bless yourself, making the sign of the cross and saying In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
You then say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Apostles Creed in that order.
1) You begin with the following prayer: 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.
2) Then, you say this next prayer ten times: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world
3) Lastly, you conclude by praying: Jesus, I trust in you. That is one unit, called a decade (because there are ten prayers said in a series).
4) This concludes one series of ten prayers, or decade of the Chaplet. Since there are five decades in the Chaplet, go back and repeat the first 3 prior steps four or however more times until you have completed five decades
In order say the following prayer three times: Holy God, Holy Mightly One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Next, say the following prayer 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.
Finally say the concluding prayer: Jesus, I trust in you.
Then, you bless yourself again, making the sign of the cross and saying In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The Chaplet goes very quickly. It can usually be said in about 10 to 15 minutes at most. Many times, it is much shorter.
This novena will continue for nine days.
And that should give us all to think- God offers His mercy, which is eternal and perfect all for just a few simple prayers and on the condition we strive to live righteously and when we don’t to seek His mercy again in simple Faith and love, and that such a simple prayer could and can save us from God’s divine wrath.
Now THAT is a miracle.
UPDATE 1: As promised, I would include the prayer each day for the Divine Mercy Novena. Here is the first day’s prayers (For March 25th):
“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.
Day 2 (March 26th- Holy Saturday):
“Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.