The St. Faustyna Kowalska chaplet is a devotion that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. This chaplet, also known as the Divine Mercy chaplet, is based on the revelations that St. Faustyna received from Jesus Christ himself. In these revelations, Jesus asked that this chaplet be said as a prayer for His mercy to be shown to the world. The origins of the chaplet go back to the year 1930 when St. Faustyna was visited by our Lord Jesus Christ. He appeared to her as "the God of Mercy" and spoke these words to her:
"Tell the whole world about My infinite mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened." (Diary, 699)
From this request, we can see how important it is to spreading the message of Divine Mercy.
By saying this chaplet, we are participating in Christ's plan for humanity's salvation. How to Say the Chaplet
The chaplet consists of 33 beads, which represent the 33 years that Christ lived on earth.
At each bead, we say one "Our Father," "Hail Mary," and "I believe in God." We then conclude with three "Our Fathers" and two "Hail Marys" in honor of the Immaculate Conception.
On the large bead at the beginning and end of the chaplet, we say this 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."
The St. Faustyna Kowalska chaplet is a beautiful devotion that can bring us closer to Jesus Christ Himself. By saying this chaplet, we are participating in His plan for humanity's salvation. If you have never said this chaplet before, I encourage you to do so today!