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Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

posted Apr 26, 2016, 10:22 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 10:22 AM ]
This devotion is based on the visions of Jesus reported by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, a young Polish nun who after dying at the young age of 33 became known as "the Apostle of Mercy." She became a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1926, and was canonized in 2000. Our pilgrims attending World Youth Day this summer will visit her convent in Warsaw.

St. Faustina stated that Jesus asked her to pray the Chaplet; and to instruct others to do so. It’s usually said using rosary beads, though it may also be said without them by counting prayers on the fingertips. The English version was published in 1987. It contains the initial prayers as in a Rosary, then prays specific offerings to the Father on the larger beads. On the smaller beads, other petitions for mercy are prayed, emphasizing the body and blood of Christ as an offering. It concludes with a prayer for mercy.

Instead of being spoken like the rosary, the Chaplet is frequently chanted. Please join us after the 11:45
AM Mass today to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. We will chant the version promoted by The Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, MA. They played a key role in spreading The Divine Mercy message and devotion through the world, which was acknowledged by Pope John Paul II in a Papal Blessing on October 5, 2001.