Unlike other novenas, where people ask for something from God
through the intercession of His Holy Saints, Divine Mercy Novena is
intended to be prayed for graces and/or salvation to be given to other
people. Jesus asked that this novena be prayed prior to the Feast of
Divine Mercy (the Sunday after Easter), beginning on Good Friday. He
gave Sr. 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,
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:
mankind, especially sinners; The souls of priests and religious;
All devout and faithful souls; Those who do not believe in Jesus and
those who do not yet know Him; The souls of separated brethren; The
meek and humble souls and the souls of children; The souls who
especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy; The souls who are
detained in purgatory; and The souls who have become lukewarm.
is prayed along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
First Day – Today bring Me 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 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 ever. Amen.
Second Day – Today Bring Me the Souls of Priests and Religious.
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your
grace in us, that we may perform worthy works of mercy, and that all who
see us may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company [of chosen
souls] 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
Third Day – Today Bring Me All Devout and Faithful Souls.
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your
graces in the 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 lost 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. Amen.
Fourth Day – Today Bring Me The Pagans and Those Who Do Not Know Me.
Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive
into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of pagans 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 pagans 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 Me the Souls of Heretics and Schismatics.
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 heretics and schismatics. 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 heretics, and
schismatics, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces
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 the Most
Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Bring it about that they also may glorify
Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Sixth Day – Today Bring Me The Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of
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 and humble souls, and
upon the souls of little children, who are enfolded in the abode of 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. Amen.
Seventh Day – Today Bring Me The Souls Who Especially Venerate and
Glorify My Mercy.
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 in Your Mercy. These souls are
united to Jesus and 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 spirit,
overflowing with joy, sings 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, "I Myself will defend as My own glory, during
their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls
who will venerate My fathomless mercy."
Eighth Day – Today Bring Me The Souls Who Are In the Prison Of
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
Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet who must make
retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which
gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of purifying fire, that
in that place, too, the power of Your mercy may be praised.
Eternal Father, turn Your most merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in
Purgatory, 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 than through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son;
for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and
Ninth Day – Today Bring Me The 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, filled You with
such deep loathing, 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
Jesus, I trust in You.