The chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena, especially on the nine days before Divine Mercy Sunday, the Feast of Mercy. And 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 Divine Mercy for the daily intentions dictated by our Lord to St. Faustina:
All mankind, especially all sinners
The souls of priests and religious
All devout and faithful souls
Those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Christ
The souls of those who have separated themselves from the Church
The meek and humble souls and the souls of little children
The souls who especially venerate and glorify His Mercy
The souls who are detained in purgatory
Souls who have become lukewarm
This year, I would like to invite each of us to take part in this beautiful devotion to Divine Mercy for the intentions listed above, as well as for your own personal intentions. Before Holy Week, there will be a Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet pamphlet (with information about how to pray the chaplet) placed near the entrances of each of our churches. Please take one to use at home on your own and/or when we pray it together in church after Masses leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday.
After the Good Friday Service at St. Michael’s, I will invite those wishing to pray the Novena and Chaplet to remain in their pews. We will then continue to pray the Novena and Chaplet communally after the daily Masses of Easter Week (Tuesday, March 29th thru Friday, April 1st). The other days (Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, Monday, March 28th, and Saturday, April 2nd) you would pray the Novena and Chaplet on your own at home.