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					                        Novena to the
                        Divine Mercy
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy, which falls on the Sunday following Easter, be
preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy. This nine day Novena begins on Good Friday.

Jesus gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena. In her diary, St.
Faustina wrote: “On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls
and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on
the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”

Chaplet of the Divine Mercy              Begin with the Our Father, the Hail      Conclude with (say 3 times):
                                         Mary and the Apostle’s Creed:
The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using                                             Holy God,
ordinary rosary beads of five decades.   Then, on the large bead before           Holy Mighty One,
                                         each decade:                             Holy Immortal One,
Optional Opening Prayers                                                          have mercy on us
                                         Eternal Father,                          and on the whole world.
You expired, Jesus, but the source       I offer you the Body and Blood,
of life gushed forth for souls, and      Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly         Optional Closing Prayer
the ocean of mercy opened up for         Beloved Son,
the whole world. O Fount of Life,        Our Lord, Jesus Christ,                  Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop       in atonement for our sins                and the treasury of compassion —
the whole world and empty Yourself       and those of the whole world.            inexhaustible, look kindly upon us
out upon us.                                                                      and increase Your mercy in us, that in
                                         On the ten small beads of each           difficult moments we might not despair
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth    decade, say:                             nor become despondent, but with
from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain                                             great confidence submit ourselves to
of Mercy for us, I trust in You!         For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,   Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy
                                         have mercy on us and on the whole        itself.
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 Day 1                                     Day 2                                      Day 3
 Good Friday                               Holy Saturday                              Easter Sunday

 Prayer for all mankind,                   Prayer for the souls of                    Prayer for all devout and
 especially sinners                        priests and religious                      faithful souls
 “Today bring to Me all                    “Today bring to Me the Souls               “Today bring to Me all
 mankind, especially all                   of Priests and Religious,                  Devout and Faithful Souls,
 sinners and immerse them                  and immerse them in My                     and immerse them in
 in the ocean of my mercy.                 unfathomable mercy. It was                 the ocean of My mercy.
 In this way, you will console             they who gave me strength                  These souls brought me
 Me in the bitter grief into               to endure My bitter Passion.               consolation on the Way of
 which the loss of souls                   Through them as through                    the Cross. They were a drop
 plunges Me.”                              channels My mercy flows                    of consolation in the midst
                                           out upon mankind.”                         of an ocean of bitterness.”
 Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature
 it is to have compassion on us and to     Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes       Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury
 forgive us, do not look upon our sins     all that is good, increase Your grace in   of Your mercy, You impart Your graces
 but upon our trust which we place         men and women consecrated to Your          in great abundance to each and all.
 in Your infinite goodness. Receive        service, that they may perform worthy      Receive us into the abode of Your Most
 us all into the abode of Your Most        works of mercy; and that all who see       Compassionate Heart and never let us
 Compassionate Heart, and never let        them may glorify the Father of Mercy       escape from It. We beg this grace of
 us escape from It. We beg this of You     who is in heaven.                          You by that most wondrous love for the
 by Your love which unites You to the                                                 heavenly Father with which Your Heart
 Father and the Holy Spirit.                                                          burns so fiercely.
                                           Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze
                                           upon the company of chosen ones in
 Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze   Your vineyard — upon the souls of          Eternal Father, turn Your merciful
 upon all mankind and especially upon      priests and religious; and endow them      gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the
 poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most    with the strength of Your blessing.        inheritance of Your Son. For the sake
 Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the     For the love of the Heart of Your Son      of His sorrowful Passion, grant them
 sake of His sorrowful Passion show us     in which they are enfolded, impart to      Your blessing and surround them
 Your mercy, that we may praise the        them Your power and light, that they       with Your constant protection. Thus
 omnipotence of Your mercy for ever        may be able to guide others in the way     may they never fail in love or lose the
 and ever. Amen.                           of salvation and with one voice sing       treasure of the holy faith, but rather,
                                           praise to Your boundless mercy for         with all the hosts of Angels and Saints,
                                           ages without end. Amen.                    may they glorify Your boundless mercy
                                                                                      for endless ages. Amen.

                                       The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine
                                       Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina
                                       Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience
                                       to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600
                                       pages recording the revelations she received about
                                       God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the
                                       devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
                                       For more information about Sr. Faustina and The
                                       Divine Mercy visit Holy Spirit Interactive (www.

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 Day 4                                     Day 5                                     Day 6
 Easter Monday                             Easter Tuesday                            Easter Wednesday

 Prayer for those who do                   Prayer for the souls of                   Prayer for the meek and
 not believe in Jesus and                  separated brethren                        humble souls and the
 those who do not yet                                                                souls of children
                                           “Today bring to Me the Souls
 know Him                                  of those who have separated               “Today bring to Me the Meek
 “Today bring to Me those who              themselves from My Church,                and Humble Souls and the
 do not believe in God and                 and immerse them in the ocean             Souls of Little Children, and
 those who do not know Me,                 of My mercy. During My bitter             immerse them in My mercy.
 I was thinking also of them               Passion they tore at My Body              These souls most closely
 during My bitter Passion, and             and Heart, that is, My Church.            resemble My Heart. They
 their future zeal comforted My            As they return to unity with the          strengthened Me during My
 Heart. Immerse them in the                Church My wounds heal and                 bitter agony. I saw them as
 ocean of My mercy.”                       in this way they alleviate My             earthly Angels, who will keep
                                           Passion.”                                 vigil at My altars. I pour out
 Most compassionate Jesus, You are the                                               upon them whole torrents of
 Light of the whole world. Receive into    Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself,
                                           You do not refuse light to those who      grace. I favor humble souls
 the abode of Your Most Compassionate
 Heart the souls of those who do not       seek it of You. Receive into the abode    with My confidence.”
 believe in God and of those who as        of Your Most Compassionate Heart the
 yet do not know You. Let the rays of      souls of those who have separated         Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have
 Your grace enlighten them that they,      themselves from Your Church. Draw         said, “Learn from Me for I am meek
 too, together with us, may extol Your     them by Your light into the unity         and humble of heart.” Receive into the
 wonderful mercy; and do not let them      of the Church, and do not let them        abode of Your Most Compassionate
 escape from the abode which is Your       escape from the abode of Your Most        Heart all meek and humble souls and
 Most Compassionate Heart.                 Compassionate Heart; but bring it         the souls of little children. These souls
                                           about that they, too, come to glorify     send all heaven into ecstasy and they
 Eternal Father, turn Your merciful        the generosity of Your mercy.             are the heavenly Father’s favorites.
 gaze upon the souls of those who do                                                 They are a sweet-smelling bouquet
 not believe in You, and of those who      Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze   before the throne of God; God Himself
 as yet do not know You, but who are       upon the souls of those who have          takes delight in their fragrance. These
 enclosed in the Most Compassionate        separated themselves from Your Son’s      souls have a permanent abode in Your
 Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light    Church, who have squandered Your          Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus,
 of the Gospel. These souls do not know    blessings and misused Your graces by      and they unceasingly sing out a hymn
 what great happiness it is to love You.   obstinately persisting in their errors.   of love and mercy.
 Grant that they, too, may extol the       Do not look upon their errors, but upon
 generosity of Your mercy for endless      the love of Your own Son and upon His     Eternal Father, turn Your merciful
 ages. Amen.                               bitter Passion, which He underwent        gaze upon meek souls, upon humble
                                           for their sake, since they, too, are      souls, and upon little children who
                                           enclosed in His Most Compassionate        are enfolded in the abode which is
                                           Heart. Bring it about that they also      the Most Compassionate Heart of
                                           may glorify Your great mercy for          Jesus. These souls bear the closest
                                           endless ages. Amen.                       resemblance to Your Son. Their
                                                                                     fragrance rises from the earth and
                                                                                     reaches Your very throne. Father of
                                                                                     mercy and of all goodness, I beg You
                                                                                     by the love You bear these souls and
                                                                                     by the delight You take in them: Bless
                                                                                     the whole world, that all souls together
                                                                                     may sing out the praises of Your mercy
                                                                                     for endless ages. Amen.

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 Day 7                                      Day 8                                     Day 9
 Easter Thursday                            Easter Friday                             Easter Saturday

 Prayer for the souls who                   Prayer for the souls who                  Prayer for the souls who
 especially venerate and                    are detained in purgatory                 have become lukewarm
 glorify Jesus’ mercy
                                            “Today bring to Me the Souls              “Today bring to Me the Souls
 “Today bring to Me the Souls               who are in the prison of                  who have become Lukewarm,
 who especially venerate                    Purgatory, and immerse them               and immerse them in the
 and glorify My Mercy, and                  in the abyss of My mercy.                 abyss of My mercy. These
 immerse them in My mercy.                  Let the torrents of My Blood              souls wound My Heart most
 These souls sorrowed most                  cool down their scorching                 painfully. My soul suffered the
 over my Passion and entered                flames. All these souls are               most dreadful loathing in the
 most deeply into My spirit.                greatly loved by Me. They                 Garden of Olives because of
 They are living images of My               are making retribution to My              lukewarm souls. They were the
 Compassionate Heart. These                 justice. It is in your power to           reason I cried out: ‘Father, take
 souls will shine with a special            bring them relief. Draw all the           this cup away from Me, if it be
 brightness in the next life. Not           indulgences from the treasury             Your will.’ For them, the last
 one of them will go into the               of My Church and offer them               hope of salvation is to run to
 fire of hell. I shall particularly         on their behalf. Oh, if you only          My mercy.”
 defend each one of them at the             knew the torments they suffer,
                                                                                      Most compassionate Jesus, You are
 hour of death.”                            you would continually offer
                                                                                      Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm
                                            for them the alms of the spirit           souls into the abode of Your Most
 Most Merciful Jesus, receive into the      and pay off their debt to My              Compassionate Heart. In this fire of
 abode of Your Most Compassionate
                                            justice.”                                 Your pure love, let these tepid souls
 Heart the souls of those who                                                         who, like corpses, filled You with such
 particularly extol and venerate the                                                  deep loathing, be once again set
                                            Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself
 greatness of Your mercy. These souls                                                 aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus,
                                            have said that You desire mercy; so
 are mighty with the very power of God                                                exercise the omnipotence of Your
                                            I bring into the abode of Your Most
 Himself. In the midst of all afflictions                                             mercy and draw them into the very
                                            Compassionate Heart the souls in
 and adversities they go forward,                                                     ardor of Your love, and bestow upon
                                            Purgatory, souls who are very dear
 confident of Your mercy; and united to                                               them the gift of holy love, for nothing
                                            to You, and yet, who must make
 You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind                                                 is beyond Your power.
                                            retribution to Your justice. May the
 on their shoulders. These souls will not
                                            streams of Blood and Water which
 be judged severely, but Your mercy                                                   Eternal Father, turn Your merciful
                                            gushed forth from Your Heart put out
 will embrace them as they depart from                                                gaze upon lukewarm souls who are
                                            the flames of Purgatory, that there,
 this life.                                                                           nonetheless enfolded in the Most
                                            too, the power of Your mercy may be
                                            celebrated.                               Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father
 Eternal Father, turn Your merciful                                                   of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter
 gaze upon the souls who glorify and                                                  Passion of Your Son and by His three-
                                            Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze
 venerate Your greatest attribute, that                                               hour agony on the Cross: Let them,
                                            upon the souls suffering in Purgatory,
 of Your fathomless mercy, and who are                                                too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy.
                                            who are enfolded in the Most
 enclosed in the Most Compassionate                                                   Amen.
                                            Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg
 Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living
                                            You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus
 Gospel; their hands are full of deeds
                                            Your Son, and by all the bitterness
 of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing
                                            with which His most sacred Soul was
 with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to
                                            flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the
 You, O Most High! I beg You O God:
                                            souls who are under Your just scrutiny.
 Show them Your mercy according to
                                            Look upon them in no other way but
 the hope and trust they have placed
                                            only through the Wounds of Jesus,
 in You. Let there be accomplished in
                                            Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly
 them the promise of Jesus, who said
                                            believe that there is no limit to Your
 to them that during their life, but
                                            goodness and compassion. Amen.
 especially at the hour of death, the
 souls who will venerate this fathomless
 mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend
 as His glory. Amen.

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