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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

CHAPLET AND NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY

Chaplet of Mercy as a Novena

In addition to the Novena to the Divine Mercy which Our Lord gave to Sister Faustina for her own personal use, He revealed to her a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to say -- the Chaplet of Mercy. Sister Faustina prayed the Chaplet almost constantly, especially for the dying, and the Lord urged her to encourage others to say it too, promising extraordinary, graces to those who would recite this special prayer.


The Chaplet can be said anytime but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena especially on the nine days before the Feast of Mercy. He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets) I will grant every possible grace to souls" (796).

We can pray this Novena of Chaplets for our own personal intentions or we can offer it together with the Novena to The Divine Mercy for the daily intentions dictated by Our Lord to Sister Faustina.

THE CHAPLET OF MERCY

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the Shrine of Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts the Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Sister Faustina and followed by a closing prayer

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. (1319) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I Trust in You! (84).Begin the Chaplet with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostles Creed.

Then on the large bead before each decade:

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.

On the ten small beads of each decade, say:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Conclude with:

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (3x)

Closing Prayers (optional)

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion -- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. (950)

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NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY
FIRST DAY
Today bring to me
All Mankind, Especially All Sinners

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have a compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassion Heart, and never let us escape from it. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and The Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your Mercy, that we may praise the infinite power of Your mercy forever and ever. Amen.

SECOND DAY
Today bring to me
The Souls Of Priests and Religious

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good. Increase Your grace in women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all, who see them, may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard – upon the souls of priests and religious, and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of The Heart of Your Son in which they enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sigh praise to Your boundless Mercy for ages without end. Amen.

THIRD DAY
Today bring to me
All Devout and Faithful Souls

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, you impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from it. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the host of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

FOURTH DAY
Today bring to me
Those Who Do Not Believe In Me And Those Who Do Not Yet Know Me

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who as yet do not believe in You or do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in Your Son, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

FIFTH DAY
Today bring to me
The Souls Of The Separated Brethren

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do no refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of our separated brethren. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of our separated brethren, especially those who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

SIXTH DAY
Today bring to me
The Meek an Humble Souls And The Souls Of Little Children

Most merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sigh out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls, and upon the souls of little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart Of Jesus. These souls bear the closest 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.

SEVENTH DAY
Today bring to me
The Souls Who Especially Venerate And Glorify My Mercy

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love itself receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are might with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal One, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart Of Jesus. These souls are a living gospel, their hands are full of deeds of mercy and their spirit, overflowing with joy, sings a canticle of mercy to You,

O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His. He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

EIGHTH DAY
Today bring to me
The Souls Who Are Detained In Purgatory

Most Merciful Jesus, you Yourself have said that You desire Mercy, so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon souls suffering in Purgatory who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg you, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded. Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son: for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

NINTH DAY
Today bring to me
Souls Who Have Become Lukewarm

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion itself, I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart Of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and His three-hour agony on the Cross. Let them, too glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Jesus said: "Do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My Mercy…I will make up for what you lack…Tell aching mankind to come close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill them with peace… I am giving mankind the final hope."

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AUGUST 1
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

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AUGUST 2
ST. EUSEBIUS

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AUGUST 3
ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

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AUGUST 4
BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

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AUGUST 5
DEDICATION OF ST. MARY MAJOR

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AUGUST 6
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AUGUST 7
ST. CAJETAN

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AUGUST 8
ST. DOMINIC

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AUGUST 9
BLESSED JOHN OF RIETI

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AUGUST 10
ST. LAWRENCE

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AUGUST 11
ST. CLARE

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AUGUST 14
ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

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AUGUST 15
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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AUGUST 16
ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

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AUGUST 17
BLESSED JOAN DELANOUE

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AUGUST 18
ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL

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AUGUST 19
ST. JOHN EUDES

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AUGUST 20
ST. BERNARD

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AUGUST 21
ST. PIUS X

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AUGUST 23
ST. ROSE OF LIMA

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AUGUST 24
ST. BARTHOLOMEW

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AUGUST 25
ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE

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AUGUST 25
ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ

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AUGUST 26
ST. ELIZABETH BICHIER

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AUGUST 27
ST. MONICA

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AUGUST 28
ST. AUGUSTINE

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AUGUST 29
BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

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AUGUST 30
ST. PAMMACHIUS

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AUGUST 31
ST. AIDAN

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