HISTORY:
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is based on the spirituality of Saint Faustina  Kowalska (1905-1938). It is associated with a holy image and the motto,      "Jesus, I trust in you". The feast day of Divine Mercy is the Sunday after     Easter. The key revelation to Saint Faustina was that God's mercy is infinite and unfailing. The Divine Mercy    message asks the faithful to implore  God's mercy for the entire world, to be merciful and forgiving towards others,  and to trust in God completely.

At the time of Faustina's death in 1938, the Divine Mercy message was little known outside Poland. During the   Second World War, 1939-1945, the chaplet gained popularity in both     Poland and Lithuania. It also reached     the United States
There was a temporary ban on the devotion from 1958 to 1978 while  Vatican officials reviewed Faustina's writings in light of Church doctrine.     The ban was lifted in April 1978 with    the help of the Archbishop of Kracow, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla. He became    Pope John Paul II later that same year.
DIVINE MERCY
CHAPLET  &
SISTER FAUSTINA
SISTER FAUSTINA

Feast Day: October 5

Helen Kowalska was born on April 25, 1905, in the vicinity of Lodz, Poland. At the age of 19 she entered a convent near Krakow and joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Her new name was Sister Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament.
In 1934, at the request of her spiritual director, Faustina began keeping a diary of her mystical experiences and visions. She died of tuberculosis on October 5, 1938. Subsequently the diary was published and translated into numerous languages. The Church elevated Faustina to sainthood on April 30, 2000, making her the first saint of the new millennium. Pope John Paul II conducted the ceremony of canonization. For more on the life of Saint Faustina, see the publications listed in the bibliography below, especially her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul.
HOW TO PRAY THE CHAPLET
The chaplet begins by making the Sign of the Cross,
then praying one "Our Father", one "Hail Mary" and the "Apostles Creed".
Next are the five decades.
  One (large bead)
  Eternal Father" prayer, said once
  Ten  (10 smaller beads)
  For the Sake of His Sorrowful         
  Passion".
Conclusion:
  Prayer: "Holy God, Holy Mighty One",
  Repeat 3 times.
  (optional prayer)
  "Oh Blood and Water That Gushed   
  Forth",
Sign of the Cross.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Father (The Lord's Prayer)
V. Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
R. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary
V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

PRAYERS (CONTINUED)
Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS
DECADE PRAYERS
Eternal Father
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.
For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion
V. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
R. Have mercy on us
and on the whole world
CONCLUDING PRAYERS
Doxology: Holy God, Holy Mighty One
Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.

Invocation: O Blood and Water That Gushed Forth (optional)
O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
DECADE /ADDITIONAL PRAYERS
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