Anniversary of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

On the evening of Sept. 13, 1935, an angel called "the executor of divine wrath" appeared to St. Faustina, dressed in a dazzling robe and striking the earth with lightning bolts (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 474). Saint Faustina, a Polish nun who received visions from Jesus the Divine Mercy and recorded them in her Diary, pleaded with the angel, asking him not to unleash a certain "sign of divine wrath."

"But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of the divine anger," she said (474).

Then after having an intense vision of the Most Holy Trinity, St. Faustina found herself interiorly pleading with the God in the following words, "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us" (474).

As St. Faustina prayed these words, the angel became helpless, unable to carry out the punishment he intended. The next morning, Jesus first gave St. Faustina specific instructions on how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which should be said on Rosary beads. "This prayer will serve to appease My wrath," He said (476).

At that time, abortion was becoming a widespread practice in St. Faustina's country of Poland. Furthermore, the godless ideologies of Communism and Socialism were on the rise. Christ had revealed the Divine Mercy Chaplet just in time.

On Sept. 13, 2021, we mark the 86th anniversary of Christ revealing the Divine Mercy Chaplet to St. Faustina. Of course, since 1935, the practice of abortion has only become more widespread and our culture has only become more secularized. But thankfully, the Divine Mercy Chaplet has spread to all corners of the globe. Likely hundreds of thousands of Catholics around the world pray it every day.

Why Pray the Chaplet?

In addition to appeasing God's wrath, reciting the Chaplet comes with many promises. Jesus told St. Faustina, "Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet" (848).

The Lord talked especially about the Chaplet's effectiveness for the dying. He said, "Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior. . . . When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one" (1541).

One time, a raging storm woke St. Faustina from sleep. Jesus told her to say the Chaplet, and before she even finished, the storm suddenly ended. "Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will," Jesus said (1731).

When Should I Pray the Chaplet?

Though the Chaplet can be prayed at any time, the best time to pray it is at 3 o'clock., the time at which, according to Church tradition, Jesus died on the Cross.

In St. Faustina's Diary, Jesus often talked about the special effectiveness of praying the Chaplet at 3 o'clock. He said, "At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion" (1320).

So let's pray the Chaplet daily, if we can, and ask God's mercy "on us, and on the whole world."

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