Praying for the dying is a vital spiritual work of mercy that a Christian offers for another individual. The Divine Mercy Chaplet asks God to shower His infinite mercy upon the dying person in their final hour. It takes about 10 minutes to recite, but the benefits for a soul can be everlasting. Even if many persons need prays in a day, one Chaplet is sufficient because God’s ocean of mercy is infinite.
Jesus taught this prayer to St. Faustina in a private revelation in Poland in the 1930’s. Our Lord said to her:
“Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties [petitions] obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least.”
“Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer.”
Jesus continues: “You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul.” (Diary, 1777)
“It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet….when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541)
Jesus also promises great reward for the person who offers the prayers:
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet, or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same.“ (Diary, 811)
If we continue to pray for the dying faithfully, God will then have mercy on us when our own hour arrives. It’s also comforting to imagine that when we leave this earth, those people we prayed for who passed before us will greet us in heaven with joyful hearts, grateful for helping them obtain salvation through Jesus Christ.
And of course, we long to hear those words from Jesus’ lips:
“Well done my good and faithful servant…Come, share your master’s joy!”
Thank you for responding to Our Lord’s call to intercessory prayer!
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