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Q. When praying the Chaplet in our prayer group our leader changes the words and adds different intentions. Is this okay?

A. 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, have mercy on us and on the whole world (Diary 476).

The wording of the Chaplet is the official translation from the Polish Diary of Saint Faustina. The Chaplet received the Imprimatur from Joseph F. Maguire, Bishop of Springfield, MA, on November 17, 1979. This is the official, approved form, and the wording should not be changed because it was given to St. Faustina by our Lord Himself.

It is important that in public gatherings, the Chaplet is recited with its exact wording. The ban on the Divine Mercy message and devotion that existed from 1959-1978 was brought on partly because of inaccurate and confusing translations. Adding or changing words in public recitation of the Chaplet may lead to confusion and division.

However, in your own private, personal prayers to enrich your own spiritual life, you may include, for example, a prayer for a special intention.

Please do not make copies and hand out your own version of the Chaplet as it will cause confusion and may harm the Divine Mercy message and devotion.

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