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An ancient Christian writer wrote that, "of all divine things, the most divine is to share with God in the saving of souls."

Interestingly, God and Souls was the motto of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, whose revelations in the 1930s led to the modern Divine Mercy movement.

Our Lord asked St. Faustina to pray and offer the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy for sinners and the dying, saying:

Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties [that is, insistent prayers], 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. 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 of St. Faustina, 1777)

Saint Faustina was often given the grace to know when a certain dying person desired or needed prayer; she would be alerted to the moment, by her Guardian Angel or by our Lord Himself. At those times she would pray until she no longer felt the need to pray, or a sense of peace came upon her, or she learned that the person had died, or heard the soul say, "Thank You!" She wrote: "Oh, dying souls are in such great need of prayer! O Jesus, inspire souls to pray often for the dying" (Diary, 1015).

One of the best means of assisting the dying is the one that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina and insisted that she use often, even continuously: The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. Jesus said, "My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. ... Write that 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).

Earlier, our Lord said to her, "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).

What if the person prays from a distance? Saint Faustina had a love for the sick and dying, and she prayed for them with great fervor. The following experiences recorded in her Diary make it clear that one does not have to be at the bedside physically. She wrote, "It sometimes happens that the dying person is in the second or third building away, yet for the spirit, space does not exist. It sometimes happens that I know about a death occurring several hundred kilometers away. This has happened several times with regard to my family and relatives and also sisters in religion, and even souls whom I have not known during their lifetime" (Diary, 835).

Our Lord said to St. Faustina, "'My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.' When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul's misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image. The rays which issued from Jesus' Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last. When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God" (Diary, 1565).

These words are particularly relevant for members of the Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM) and all Eucharistic adorers. In chapels throughout the world, they are reciting or praying the chaplet for the sick and dying, and are part of an international registry established by the ministry.

We currently have more than 400 chapels worldwide praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy hourly during Eucharistic Adoration for the sick and dying. This includes 14 cloistered convents of Poor Clares in India and Bangladesh. Moreover, on the occasion of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, by a personally signed parchment, imparted a Special Apostolic Blessing "to all the faithful, who during Adoration of Our Most Merciful Savior in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and for those throughout the world who will be dying in that hour." A copy of the blessing is available for chapels whose adorers pray for the sick and dying.

In addition, on the Feast of the Incarnation in 2003, Pope John Paul II imparted a Special Apostolic Blessing to all the faithful worldwide who pray the chaplet at any time and any place for pro-life causes: for mothers contemplating abortion; for infants dying in the womb; for victims of stem cell research, genetic manipulation, euthanasia; and for all elected officials that they promote a culture of life. So it is most appropriate that people worldwide pray a chaplet for all those dying, as well as for all the pro-life causes.

For more information, call the Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM) at 1-877-380-0727.

Dr. Bryan Thatcher, MD, is the founder and director of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM). He travels the world promoting the Eucharist, prayer cenacles, and the message of Divine Mercy as a "way of life." Learn more about EADM.

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Betty M. - Dec 11, 2021

Please pray for Betty Lou M now as she is dying as I’m writing this note. Dear Lord have mercy on her .

Vivianne - Oct 14, 2021

Prayers for my Tita Mel, 92 years old. She is in the ICU suffering from COVID. Protect her from pain and suffering.

Mary Elaine winter - Sep 26, 2021

Please pray for my dear mother . That she will leave this world peacefully and that she has given her heart to our saviour Jesus.

Becky - Sep 22, 2021

Please pray for my best friend’s mother who is critically ill at this moment. She is a wonderful woman and needs your help! Thank you.

Juanita - Sep 8, 2021

Please Pray for my Aunt Mary. She was in the hospital for 4 weeks with Covid, she lost her fight today.
And for all the sick and dying from this terrible virus. Jesus have mercy on us all.

Guy - Aug 25, 2021

Please pray for my mother, Vicky. She is in hospice care after multiple strokes.

God have mercy - Jul 16, 2021

God, have mercy on all sinners who are most in need of Your mercy.

Fred - Jan 26, 2021

Please pray for my high school classmate, Michael, who is in Hospice care at this time after suffering through a long battle with cancer. Thank you.

Rae - Jan 16, 2021

Please pray for David who was put on life support yesterday from complications of COVID. For Ivans father who is also suffering and was given a few days to live.
For Teladora who was laid to rest without a Catholic burial. Left in a town with no family.

Clare - Jan 2, 2021

Please pray for my next door neighbour who is terminally ill. A very good friend of mine who is getting weaker. Thankyou

- Dec 6, 2020

Please pray for Roberts soul as he is in final days here on earth. Also, for Philips soul as he is passing as well. For Sandy and Shirley. And for my sons suffering of ibs. Please pray for a healing in Christs name. Amen

Anon - Jul 23, 2020

Please pray for my sister, Samantha. She is facing death.

Bob Nuss sr - Jul 15, 2020

please pray for Bob he is dying

My sister Jina - Jan 24, 2020

Please pray for a miracle for my sister. Cancer. Thank you. God bless

Scott - Sep 6, 2019

I am suffering from gout and serious IBS.Please Ask St Faustina to intercede for me and Ask Our Lord Jesus Christ to lay his healing hands upon me.Thank You.

Megan - Aug 13, 2019

Please pray for my husband's dad, Robert, who suffers from dementia, broken hips, and is in a care facility close to passing away at this time. He (as well as my husband) is not Catholic or religious. Please pray for my husband's conversion as well, thank you.

Tiffany Haley - Aug 8, 2019

Tiffany just died this afternoon at 2:30 after being removed from life support this morning. She went in to the hospital for a small procedure and had a heart attack on the table and went into a coma and never regained any brain function. I was saying the chaplet at that time. Please join me.

M - Jul 31, 2019

Please pray for my son - I beg for healing of
mental health issues - please I beg for mercy and Divine Intercession - please Dear Lord Jesus I beg for mercy -

Judy - Jul 24, 2019

Please pray for Charlotte Jennings. She is in Hospice and is close to death. Pray for a peaceful death.
Thank you in Christ's Holy Name

Shari - Jul 9, 2019

Please pray for Jettie Gaines. She is on hospice and is nearing her death. Thank you.

Maxine - Jul 7, 2019

Please pray for Maxine that will be dying from kidney failure soon. I’m not sure if she had much faith at all.

Joan O'Gara - Jun 10, 2019

Please pray for Jackie who will be breathing her last breath at any moment.

Jan C. - May 19, 2019

Please pray for Marilyn D., who has been declining physically and from dementia, and has stopped eating. She has been a good and faithful servant of God as long as I have known her.

Susan - May 3, 2019

Please pray for my MIL who will be having heart valve surgery in a few hours. She is almost 95.

Also pray for Don K. who is declining from dementia & other conditions in a care home.

Jeff - Apr 17, 2019

My wife’s grandmother is in her final hours. Last rites have been given. Please pray for a peaceful death.

Lori - Mar 31, 2019

Please pray the Chaplet for my 77 year old uncle who dying in hospice. His name is Rich. Thank you ????

Ruth - Feb 25, 2019

Please pray for the peaceful repose of our dear friend Mr. Penny who passed away tonight.

Sr. Lou - Feb 16, 2019

Please pray for Shirley who is dying, thank you.
I am praying for all the intentions in these comments.

Robin - Jan 25, 2019

Please pray for my sister, Judy 64, who has lung cancer and few days remain. Nightmares, especially with the devil trying to grab her, are causing her fear. Pray that her soul belongs only to Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen

Matthew - Jan 16, 2019

Please pray the divine mercy Chaplet for my soul it is my last hope for my soul to be with God in heaven, I have commited certain sins of indifference that I cannot remove because they are deeply contacted to me emotionally and physically please pray the Chaplet & 3 o'clock prayer for my soul please!!!

Fred - Jan 10, 2019

Please pray the Divine Mercy chaplet for my son who is struggling with crystal meth addiction.

Fred - Jan 10, 2019

Please pray the Divine Mercy chaplet for my son who is struggling with crystal meth addiction.

Vanessa - Jan 3, 2019

Please pray for my grandma, Juliana who is in her final days due to old age.

Fiona O Donnelk - Jan 1, 2019

Pray for me. I have a tumour in an airway going to my right lung..and lymph nodes too. My children are so young. I beg for a miracle Sr Faustina.

Mr Rose - Dec 16, 2018

Pray for the gentleman I'm with in hospice.

Susan Bowman - Dec 3, 2018

Pray for my sister-in-law Susie to be healed from brain and lung cancer

Janine - Nov 19, 2018

Please pray for my dad, Jerry, who is failing from Alzheimer’s. I ask for prayers for his peace of mind, body, and soul. Thank you so much.

Mike - Nov 15, 2018

Please pray for my friend Glenn who is in his final days/hours with brain tumor and cancer.

Hugo - Nov 14, 2018

Please pray for my father who is battling Stage IV bladder/bone cancer. Thank you and God Bless You!

Paulo - Nov 13, 2018

Please pray for a friend, Danny. Who has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

God bless.

Shenna Grace - Nov 12, 2018

Please pray for Mrs. Honey Hazel Calio,
she is currently in the ICU due to brain aneurysm.

Mary - Nov 11, 2018

Please pray for my mom Anne. She is in intensive care and not doing well.

Jane - Oct 21, 2018

Please pray for my 90-year-old father, who awaits death after a series of illnesses and a deep decline with dementia. My mother has kept a daily vigil by his side; please pray for strength for her in these last days and peace after his death. It has been a long and difficult journey for them both. Thank you and may God bless you.

Patricia Berlie - Oct 15, 2018

Please pray for my mother, Patricia who is ill in a nursing home. She needs prayers.

Renai Nelson - Aug 27, 2018

Please pray the Chaplet for my Father in Law, who lingers in hospice. Please pray he is released from his broken earthly body so he may be reunited with those who have gone before him and his creator...

Gigi - Jun 2, 2018

Praying for a family friend Nelson. Who is critically lying ill at the point of death in the hospital. That may the divine mercy of the Jesus Christ look upon him and heal him.

Don. C - Mar 24, 2018

Please can you prey for my Father Paul as he has kidney disease and does not look after himself and seeing him do this to himself hurts me, my brother, our mother, our grandmother and his step father. He has been experiencing stomach pains at home for a few days and my mother has been telling him to call the hospital and tell them what he has been feeling but now it has gotten worse and he sometimes doesn't go on the dialysis machine. He is still refusing to call the hospital eventhough he is in pain.

Please pray for him to look after himself, take his life into his hands and do the right things so that his health can improve so that he can get on the waiting list for a new kidney.

May our Heavenly Father and Our Savoir Jesus Chirst bless you and your families.

PHOEBE BULAN - Mar 9, 2018

Please pray for my Grandmother who is very sick, she is in a critical condition. May the lord God take away her pain and may God forgive all her sins.

Elzira - Feb 20, 2018

Rest In Peace to my mother. She wanted to abort me and didn't hesitate to let me know. She wasn't very kind to me. I always wondered what I did to have a crappy life. And on her deathbed as the priest and I prayed the divine mercy prayer and Father gave her her last rites, I realized why He chose me to be born to her. She left me in foster care and came in and out of my life for my whole life. I forgave her on her deathbed and I love her and thank her for choosing life.

manolito vicente - Jan 12, 2018

Please pray for my mother in law Rufina Tiongco Vicente who is in her last moments. Amen

Alexia - Jan 3, 2018

Please pray for my grandmother, Angela, who is in her last moments . Thank you.

In gratitude - Nov 4, 2017

My beloved Aunt Julie is passing away today. I have prayed the divine mercy chaplet for the Lord to take her soul to Himself. Please add her name to your continuous prayers for the dying.

con - Jun 1, 2013

pls do pray for my moms early recovery..she is now suffering from unidentified mass within her big intestine..shes already 86yrs old..she cant eat well..also my eldest daughter..her OB told her she have mass in one of her ovary..pls pray for them..

Jim - Dec 26, 2011

Please pray for Jan Caputo's dying mother of age 99. Thank you.

Norbert - Dec 25, 2011

My mother is currently ill. I have been reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily. Her condition has not improved, but I shall keep saying the Chaplet for her.
Today, I will begin saying Sister Faustina's Prayer for Healing:
"Jesus may Your pure and healthy blood circulate in my ailing mother's organism, and may Your pure and healthy body transform her weak body, and may a healthy and vigorous life throb within her, if it is truly Your Holy Will." (Diary 1089)
I urge anyone reading this comment to begin saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet TODAY, for sinners and for the redemption of souls. Honour the Hour of Mercy at 3.00 p.m. daily. In this age and time, it is easy to do this. Just set the alarm on your phone or your watch for 2.55p.m. When the alarm rings - prepare yourself to venerate the moment of our LORD's death on the CROSS. (Diary 1320).
I also ask you to read the Diary of Sister Faustina. I have experienced many insights into our faith through reading her Diary.
God bless you, and JESUS LOVES YOU!
This comment is a CALL OUT to you:
"Say the Divine Mercy Chaplet today, spread its devotion, and be Merciful and Loving to everyone.....starting at home (charity begins at home), moving out to immediate neighbopurs, community, city, country and to the world."
*Venerate the painting / picture of the Divine Mercy Portrait in your home, and repeat the words "JESUS, I trust in YOU."
The peace of Jesus remain with you always! Amen!

Lucindy Long - Sep 19, 2011

I prayed the chaplet of the Divine Mercy for Lucindy Long at her bedside when she was dying. She died peacefully. It was a blessing because she was a pure soul when she lived and brought her family close together when she was dying. Thank you, Sts. Faustina and Pope JP II!

denise w - Jul 10, 2009

hi my name is denise and i was brought back to my catholic relegion by a francican, she came into my life over 11 years ago and has patiently showed to love and mercy of god to me thru her actions. im here today to read the prayers as my own husband is dieing today and i wanted to pray for him,i was taught to do this often but im human and not so great at following god,i just do the best i can one day at a time in hopes god will allow us in once its our time.so today i ask god in his devine mercy to open the gates of heavan to my wonderful husband who tried to serve him from the time i know him and bring his soul home to peace and love in jesus name amen and thank you denise w.

barbara - Jul 5, 2009

Jesus of Divine Mercy has promised that the crowd of saved souls will meet us at our deathbed if we recite the chaplets of Divine Mercy for these dying souls. Jesus wishes us to recite three chaplets of Divine Mercy for Dying Souls daily, but surely we can do more than three chaplets and it will greatly please Jesus because each soul no matter what, is very precious to Jesus.

Maria P. (Ottawa-Canada) - Mar 26, 2009

Mr. Thatcher, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you so very much for this excellent article. This friendly reminder is a must for all of us who loves the greatest devotion and message which Jesus entrusted to us through the greatest Eucharistic Apostle of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina. In my experiences since the introduction of Divine Mercy, I have seen transformations in people's lives listening to the message and the peace in people's faces when we recite the Chaplet when facing their death. What a beautiful promise from Jesus, our Savior. Thanks also for the incredible teachings from the Cenacle Formation Books. God bless you for all you do for us and especially for God. Blessings also to your family, Pauline and to all the cenacles all over the world. Looking so forward to Divine Mercy Sunday..................