Divine Mercy Chaplet

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On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to Sister Faustina in Cracow Poland. These apparitions lasted until 1938 just before she died and the beginning of World War II. In the diary, our Lord asked her to write, he tells of the infinite depths of his  Divine Mercy and asked for the daily praying of the divine mercy chaplet. He also requested that a Feast day be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter and praying of a divine mercy novena starting on Good Friday. He gave her the exact words of this chaplet and novena in the dairy, which was first published in Polish in Rome with Vatican approval in 1981Sister Faustina was canonized on April 30, 2000, by St John Paul II.
On the same day, He instituted Divine Mercy Sunday, which we will
celebrate this Sunday. The following hymn is an adaption of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. 
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 most sorrowful passion, have mercy on us 
and on the whole world
For the sake of his most sorrowful passion  have mercy on us who are dying, especially those who have never known you
For the sake of his most sorrowful passion  have mercy on us who
Do not know you and are seeking meaning and truth
For the sake… have mercy on us who have become pharisaicaly proud, send your Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin and to repent
For the sake … Have mercy on all children being abused - grant that the abuse may- stop and they get the help they need
 For the sake of his most sorrowful passion  have mercy on us who are struggling with addiction that we may in some way turn to you
For the sake…. Have mercy on us being tempted to despair, or act violently in word or deed - that we may reject those temptations 
For the sake… Have mercy on us being persecuted for our faith - for the grace to persevere and pray for our persecutors.
For the sake… Have mercy on us who have been betrayed and the grace to pray for our betrayers.
For the sake … Have mercy on us who have or are becoming lukewarm - Send your Spirit to rekindle the fire of your Love
For the sake… Have mercy on us who need to ask for forgiveness and forgive those who have hurt us
For the sake… Have mercy on us deceived by false teaching -
Send your Holy Spirit upon us that we may know your truth
For the sake… Have mercy on the faithful departed - bring them into your heavenly kingdom
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity 
 Of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ


Sister Faustina, Divine Mercy Chaplet

Thanks for posting this Divine Mercy Chaplet. I reposted my two collaborative songs (right under this story) that were done with Dan Vi Nguyen a few years ago. It is nice to hear various songs and chants based on the good words of Sr. Faustina.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

It is good to hear various chants of the divine mercy chaplet.

Thanks for posting these variations on the divine mercy chaplet


I should clarify that the two songs that Dan Vi and I did are based on messages from Christ to St. Faustina. They are not based on the Divine Mercy Chaplet written by St. Faustina. That explains the big difference in the words. 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Thanks for the clarification

In listening to them I gathered the lyrics were inspired from the messages of our Lord to St Faustina and to us. Ron 

Chant settings of holy words

Ron, you may have noticed Dan Vi's original post. Check out the comments to see the progression of our collaboration:


I am not sure if the "messages from Christ to Sr. Faustina" that Dan Vi posted are exact or if she paraphrased them slightly. I used Dan Vi's stanzas with a few minor modifications to create my chant version with dulcimer.

Then I heavily reworked the "messages from Christ" to create my rhyming song. I have sung the song version at Masses and Eucharistic Adorations.

I submitted both the song version and the chant version to OCP but they rejected them, along with "Our World So Beautiful", another collab with Dan Vi Nguyen (who lives in Oregon). www.topcatholicsongs.com/our-world-so-beautiful

Here is my recording of "God's Gift to All the World" recorded at St. Mary's Church in Saint Paul. MN.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com


I noticed that you used reverential capitalization at times and at other times you did not us reverential capitalization.  I hope I am not becoming pharisiticaly proud in asking this question.  It is important to me that the word of God be praised and the truth of Jesus be proclaimed in not uncertain terms.  If those who claim to love the Lord don't even care about reverential language when it concerns the Lord how can we expect salvation never mind attract others to the Lord?

It it easy to go around calling others phariseses.

In Christ,

Fr. St. Martin


Reverential capitalization

Fr. Jeremy, I assume that this is a question for Ron.

You and I discussed this in an email exchange a couple months ago. There are two camps in Catholic and Christian circles: those that use reverential capitalization and those who do not. It's generally regarded as a matter of personal preference. Personally, I prefer reverential capitalization.

For the Divine Mercy Chaplet, both USCCB and the Vatican use reverential capitalization:


Excerpts from above sources:

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.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Sorry about the inconsistency

I went to a website (I believe it may have been one that Richard pointed out) to get the exact words of the chaplet prayer. The personal pronouns for the Lord were capitalized and in expanding the prayer I used lowercase. I am trying to use all lowercase as you pointed that the church is using all lowercase.  I didn't call you or anyone else in particular in this expanded version of the chaplet. I just asked for mercy and for the heavenly Father to send the Holy Spirit on anyone of US who may have become pharasaicaly proud for the grace of repentance. Ron

No sweat

It's not "wrong" to use lower case. There are some bibles and lectionaries that use this convention. For example, the Gloria from the current English Roman Missal:

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

We should not angst about it. It is personal preference. The primary reverence is in your presentation of your adaptation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. You are making people aware of a very worthy devotion. That is what counts. . 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Good Morning

Great to have consistancy with the Holy Mother the Church when it comes to Capitalization.  It may be that I or you want different but what does that mater.  We become the pharazise if we think we know better than the proper authorities.

About the calling of people pharasitical, it just doesn't come across to me as self acusatory.  There is a desire for some people to be called out as pharasees.

Becareful of that attitude.  In a way the Pharasees called out Christ as a Pharsee in many ways.

Only Christ is not a hypacryit.  I am a pharasee.

For example, I know people want the Church to call out the hypocracy of people who support the litteral killing of Chirdren in the womb but go up to commuinon and are not admonished.

Outrage?  Yes.  I feel it.

I also feel it when I go up to communion and or self comunicate.

Save you judgment for yourself.  Everytime we neglect a person in our hearts we abort them.

It's not the capitalization... it's your spelling.

"hypocrite"   "pharisee"  "accusatory"  

Bad spellers of the world....    untie!


Spelling, grammar and good formatting

Correct spelling is "pharisaically".

"Bad spellers of the world.... untie!"  – Love it!

Use a spell checker! I do when I write emails and compose lyrics and other text. I usually run a spell check after I am done typing. Realtime spell checking is OK, too, but can sometimes break my "flow" when typing.

When writing poetry or lyrics, good formatting is essential. It makes you look more professional. I recommend that members of this website prepare posts ahead of time in a word processor, then copy and paste into this site's text editor. On my Mac, I prepare my posts in either MS Word or TextEdit.

I give tips for line and paragraph breaks here:


Q. How can I get better line spacing?

In the visual editor: The Return (or Enter) key gives you a single line break <br>. Shift+Return gives you a new paragraph <p> with 1-1/2 line spacing.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

I went to the Website.

The website?  

I would imagine the the Lord the words and not in English.

Who has the translation authority into English in our own day and age.

If these are the Lord's own words these questions are not unimportant.

If we want others to come to believe we need to take the care, not of a pharasee, but of and artist.

In Christ,

Fr. St. Martin


Here is an interesting

Here is an interesting website:


Better than the page I gave from USCCB

Fr. Martin, your page link is better than the one I gave from the very same website. It has all the prayers given in full.

I posted: https://www.usccb.org/prayers/how-pray-chaplet-divine-mercy

You posted: https://www.usccb.org/prayers/chaplet-divine-mercy

Hey, I am not trying to be critical. I am critiquing. Big difference. I think the main bone of contention, as Ron pointed out, is whether to capitalize deity pronouns. I don't think anyone is in favor of using lowercase for terms like the following which Shalone Cason and I used in the lyrics for "When We Go To Mass".

Mass, Word of God, Gospel, Creed, Eucharist, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, Great Amen, Father, Lamb of God, Holy Spirit, Communion.

(The above children's teaching song will be published soon at my website InSong.org)

My point is that when you start to polish up your chants and songs in preparation for publishing, there should be consistency in spelling, accuracy in grammar, proper structure and prosody. Especially if you want it to be a teaching song.

I see this Top Catholic Songs website as a place where anyone can post a song – regardless of its stage of development. And if anyone is seeking help in song development, there are members here who can help. See our TCS mission statement.

As an aside, for what it's worth, I've been reading and singing  "The American Songbag" by Carl Sandburg, published in 1927. These old folk songs, arias and ditties were not polished grammatically (being full of slang terms, idioms and terrible misspellings) but were rich in expression. Sandburg utilized dozens of experienced composers to create piano arrangements for the folk songs, making them even more singable and memorable.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

But the divine mercy calls for mercy on PROUD pharaisees

The prayer does not accuse or condemn a pharisee. The pharisee tries to live out with precise devotion the Torah.  St  Paul was such a pharisee the good Lord had mercy
on him - his intentions. The Lord contrasts the PROUD pharisee praying in the temple
with the poor sinner asking for mercy. The divine mercy prayer calls for mercy on ALL of
us - we are all sinners falling short in one way or another to some degree or another of the pure Love of Christ.  That is why The good Lord calls us to follow him who is the way, truth, and life, and learn from him who is meek and humble of heart. We have to be humble and seek mercy as well being merciful. Praying the divine mercy chaplet is one way the good Lord gave us to follow him in interceeding for ourselves  and others  for
mercy.  Ron

Amen Ron!


Thank you Ron for the distinction - you are spot-on.

As one of my favorite pastors used to say; "there is nothing new under the sun"...    the brokeness of humanity and associated faults & failings are well represented in each of us who also have the digntity of the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, all of which needs mercy!

Will be praying for y'all - and myself this Divine Mercy Sunday!

Pax Christi. 

Deacon Chuck

Which Proud Pharasies?

I can't spell so please don't read if you can't stand misspellings.

Yes.  Thank you for saying that we are all sinners and in need of his mercy.  It is just a big temptation to think of "them" and "us" and not really be thinking we are proud pharasies.

Jesus was a pharsee.  Is God proud?

The pharsees who were critizied by Christ were religious leaders who had real athority, knowledge of scripturre, observed religiuous precepts, honored the prophets, and were serious about things like reverential capitalization.  

The sinners that were more easily forgiven were the protestutes and the taxcollectors.

What group are we in?

In Christ,

Fr. St. Martin
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