The Divine Mercy Novena
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a
Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave
St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena,
saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the
lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:
"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such
souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It
was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let
this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee
to My Mercy."
In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different
group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ...
On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for
the graces for these souls."
The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:
DAY 1 (Good Friday) - All mankind, especially sinners
DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) - The souls of priests and religious
DAY 3 (Easter Sunday) - All devout and faithful souls
DAY 4 (Easter Monday) - Those who do not believe in Jesus and those
who do not yet know Him
DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) - The souls of separated brethren
DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday) - The meek and humble souls and the souls of
DAY 7 (Easter Thursday) - The souls who especially venerate and
glorify Jesus' mercy
DAY 8 (Easter Friday) - The souls who are detained in purgatory;
DAY 9 (Easter Saturday) - The souls who have become lukewarm.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy may also be offered each day for the day's
intention, but is not strictly necessary to the Novena.
"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will
console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have 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 Most Compassionate 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
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 omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and
To Pray the Chaplet:
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The
2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:
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.
3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the
(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).
4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on
the whole world.