On the Crucifix
The Divine Mercy Chaplet uses a common set of Rosary beads to count the prayers. The Chaplet is a meditation and prayer where we focus on our own sinfulness and God’s love for us and His forgiveness for our offenses and sins. His awesome mercy and forgiveness is both exemplified and fulfilled in the willing sacrifice of the second person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus Christ. This Chaplet is a beautiful reminder of God’s love and brings forth hope for our salvation. To say the Chaplet follow these instructions:
Say the Sign of the Cross, and reflect on your sins and God’s infinite love for us and the mercy he grants us.
On the First Bead
You may say the following optional prayer:
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
On the Next three beads (grouped together)
Say one Our Father on the first bead, one Hail Mary on the second bead, and then one The Apostle’s Creed on the third bead.
For Each Decade
Each decade consists of a major bead followed by 10 minor beads. The first major bead is just before where the three parts of the chain intersect. On the first major bead say 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.
Following this you will say the following prayer for each of the minor beads (10 times total for each decade):
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Now repeat this for the remaining four decades.
At the End – at the conclusion of the five decades, repeat the following prayer:
(Repeat 3 times) Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
And then you may say the optional closing prayer:
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen