The Chaplet may be said on a singular occasion or as a Novena for nine consecutive days. According to Faustina's words, Jesus himself in a vision asked to pray the Divine Mercy Novena as a preparation for the Feast of the Divine Mercy, celebrated each year on 1st Sunday after Easter. The novena should begin on Good Friday. There is a prayer intention for specific group of people on each of the nine days. The last day intention - according to Jesus' message to St. Faustina - is most difficult of all: to pray for the people who are lukewarm and indifferent. Jesus described those people as follows:
"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."
The Novena intentions are:
- First Day - all mankind, in particular all sinners.
- Second Day - the souls of priests and the religious.
- Third Day - the souls of the devout and faithful people.
- Fourth Day - for the non-believers and those who do not yet know Jesus.
- Fifth Day - the souls of heretics and schismatics.
- Sixth Day - the souls of "the meek and humble" and for little children.
- Seventh Day - the souls of people who especially glorify Christ's mercy.
- Eighth Day - souls in Purgatory.
- Ninth Day - souls who have become lukewarm and indifferent.
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