You are likely familiar with the messages of Divine Mercy given by Our Lord to St. Faustina Kowalska. Perhaps you often pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet that He gave her as part of these revelations.
But do you know the story of how He taught it to her? And what He said about praying this Chaplet as a nine-day novena?
In 1935, St. Faustina received a vision of an angel sent to chastise a city. An interior voice inspired her to beseech the Father for mercy, using words very similar to those we now use for the Chaplet.
As Faustina prayed, the angel became powerless to carry out his task. The next day as she visited the chapel, again Our Lord spoke to her interiorly, telling her to recite the prayer He taught her the previous day every time she entered the chapel.
“This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary…”
He then gave exact instructions on how to pray the Chaplet.
Our Lord further gave St. Faustina many promises for the recitation of the Chaplet, speaking to her of its efficacy for the conversion of sinners and for the dying. He specifically requested a novena of Chaplets leading up to the Feast of Mercy (the Sunday after Easter), saying:
“By this Novena, [of Chaplets] I will grant every possible grace to souls.”
The Novena begins on Good Friday, so be sure to mark your calendar! This novena is immensely pleasing to Our merciful Lord and is a source of immeasurable grace for us and those we love.
Here at The Catholic Company, we want to help you stay on track with the Divine Mercy Novena. That’s why we’re inviting you to pray it with us! Sign up to get the novena prayers emailed to you every morning for on-the-go access, a guide on how to pray the Chaplet, and a video of the Chaplet to pray along with, plus fascinating information on the history of the devotion. Begins Good Friday, April 15th! Head over to Rosary.com to join in!