(A chaplet is a prayer that is said with the aid of a rosary. This chaplet can be used as a novena. I include the daily prayers for the novena at the end of the list of prayers for the chaplet. This chaplet is sometimes sung. There are various tunes used for this purpose, and some can be heard on YouTube.)
Optional Opening 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. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in you.
On the cross
The Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory).
The next bead
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost (Spirit). As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
The next three beads
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
The last bead in the series
The large bead before the circle begins (if there is no large bead, just stay on the bead you are on)
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
On the bead before the decade (ten beads together)
The Our Father, and then the following:
Eternal Father, I offer you the body and the 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 beads of the decade
For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
On the large bead after the last decade
Say three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Optional closing prayer
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 or become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will, which is love and mercy itself.
Intentions for each day of the novena
First Day: Today bring to God all mankind, especially all sinners.
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 that 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 that unites you to the Father and to 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 omnipotence of your mercy for ever and ever.
Second Day: Today bring to God the souls of priests and religious.
Most merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase your grace in men and 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 are 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 sing praise to your boundless mercy for ages without end.
Third Day: Today bring to God 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 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 hosts of angels and saints, may they glorify your boundless mercy for endless ages.
Fourth Day: Today bring to God those who do not believe in God and those who not yet know Jesus.
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 do not believe in God and of those who as yet 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 you, 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.
Fifth Day: Today bring to God the souls of those who have separated themselves from the church.
Most merciful Jesus, goodness itself, you do not refuse light to those who seek it of you. Receive into the abode of your most compassionate heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from the church. 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 those who have separated themselves from the church, 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. Bring it about that they also may glorify your great mercy for endless ages.
Sixth Day: Today bring to God the meek and 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 sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon 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.
Seventh Day: Today bring to God the souls who especially venerate and glorify the mercy of Jesus.
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 mighty 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 Father, 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 hearts, overflowing with joy, sing 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.
Eighth Day: Today bring to God the souls who are suspended in time and space.
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 suspension, souls who are very dear to you, and yet, who must await your justice. May the streams of blood and water that gush forth from your Heart put out the flames in the hearts of these suffering souls, that there, too, the power of your mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn your merciful gaze upon the souls who suffer, 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.
Ninth Day: Today bring to God 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, 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 by his three-hour agony on the cross, let them, too, glorify the abyss of your mercy.