Many people have never heard of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. And, if they have heard of it, they don’t know what it is or how to pray it.
As I thought about how to teach the chaplet to families, I kept envisioning the kids trying to figure out what bead on the rosary and looking on a sheet of paper for the prayer they were supposed to be praying. And then I’d think of the parents trying to keep the kids on the right bead and right prayer and completely losing their spot in the chaplet. Not a prayerful scene!
So I created this prayer ring so that the “beads” and prayers would all be in the same place. The prayers are in the order that they are said — just turn to the next prayer card on the ring and you have the next prayer! The different shapes and sizes of prayer cards make it easy to turn to the next prayer.
1. Print the prayer ring prayers: Print it in color on white cardstock (PDF – print in color) or print with black ink on white cardstock (and let your children color it) (PDF – ready to color). There is also the option to print it on colored cardstock (PDF – print on colored cardstock). (In this option, when there is room on the page, I put more than one copy of the prayer. This makes it easy to make copies for a class with less wasted paper.)
When I teach about the chaplet, I like to leave time to pray the chaplet so they learn how the prayer ring works. To color and cut out the prayer ring takes a lot of time. Printing the prayer ring in color is not an option for me because the parish copier does not print in color. So, I buy lots of bright colors of cardstock to print the prayer ring on! This makes the prayer ring bright and colorful and still leaves time for us to pray the chaplet.
2. Cut out all the shapes.
3. Punch a hole where the small circle is in all the shapes.
4. Using a 1” binder ring, put the prayers on the ring in order. (Each prayer is numbered.) You could also use a twist tie or a piece of a pipe cleaner to hold the prayers together.
You are ready to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet!
[Note: The leader prays the regular type and everyone else joins in on the bold type.]