84th Anniversary of the Revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 13–14 September

This month we begin a series of reflec­tions on the Cha­plet of Divi­ne Mer­cy. Why is it impor­tant to say the Cha­plet? Why is this pray­er so effi­ca­cio­us?

How did it all begin? How to pray the Cha­plet of Divi­ne Mer­cy? Let’s read [from the Dia­ry]:

…Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 13, 1935. 

In the eve­ning, when I was in my cell, I saw an Angel, the exe­cu­tor of divi­ne wrath. He was clo­thed in a daz­zling robe, his face glo­rio­usly bri­ght, a clo­ud bene­ath his feet. From the clo­ud, bolts of thun­der and fla­shes of light­ning were sprin­ging into his hands; and from his hand they were going forth, and only then were they stri­king the earth. When I saw this sign of divi­ne wrath which was abo­ut to stri­ke the earth, and in par­ti­cu­lar a cer­ta­in pla­ce, which for good reasons I can­not name, I began to implo­re the Angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penan­ce. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of the divi­ne anger. (…) I found myself ple­ading with God for the world with words heard inte­rior­ly. (D. 474)

As I was pray­ing in this man­ner, I saw the Angel’s hel­ples­sness: he could not car­ry out the just puni­sh­ment which was righ­tly due for sins. Never befo­re had I pray­ed with such inner power as I did then. (D.474)  The words with which I entre­ated God are the­se: Eter­nal Father, I offer You the Body and Blo­od, Soul and Divi­ni­ty of Your dear­ly belo­ved son, Our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins and tho­se of the who­le world; for the sake of His sor­row­ful Pas­sion, have mer­cy on us. (D. 475)

The next mor­ning, when I ente­red cha­pel, I heard the­se words inte­rior­ly: Eve­ry time you enter the cha­pel, imme­dia­te­ly reci­te the pray­er which I tau­ght you yester­day. 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, three times you will reci­te the­se words: “Holy God, Holy Migh­ty One, Holy Immor­tal One, have mer­cy on us and on the who­le world.” (D. 476)

The Cha­plet of Divi­ne Mer­cy is a pray­er for the appe­ase­ment of God’s wrath, for the with­hol­ding of puni­sh­ment righ­tly due to man. The reve­la­tion of the Cha­plet cle­ar­ly shows that how much God loves man and that He does not want to punish aching man­kind rather desi­res to heal it.  The Cha­plet is an expres­sion of the infi­ni­te love of God for and His care for our salva­tion.