Origin of the
Mother of Mercy


>You might ask, "Where did this "Mother of Mercy chaplet come from?"
It came to me as I finished the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the Vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Even though I didn't realize the significance of that date, it occurred to me that I was not aware of a chaplet for our Mother of Mercy.

Immediately, the thought came to me that all the pieces were available, so, I could put one together and then ask our Lady if she liked it. What follows is the result of that night and our Lady's response to my heart.
In a little prayer, I asked that, if she didn't like what I put together, she would send me a red rose and if she liked it, she would send me a yellow one. Then I went to bed.

The next morning, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, I decided to read the Office of Readings for the day in the Liturgy of the Hours which I especially like to do on feast days. In the account of our Lady's appearance to Saint Bernadette, I read this: "Then I looked up and caught sight of the cave where I saw a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt. On top of each of her feet was a pale yellow rose, the same color as her rosary beads."
That, I felt in my heart, was our Lady's way of saying that she liked the chaplet.

I have since shared that chaplet with a number of people in our parish, friends and members of the clergy. One woman even told me that she really likes to say it out loud. The response I received was so positive that I introduced it as part of our devotions on the Feast of Divine Mercy and decided to incorporate into this website. God willing, it will be a blessing for you.

You will notice in the first lines of the Memorare Prayer, at the end of the chaplet, I have added the words (help me to remember). I am sure that our Blessed Mother remembers how much she loves us and how well she responds to our needs, but, this was added to help us remember.

When Charles J. Neral, my grandfather, came to America in 1905, one of the few things he brought with him was a holy card with the picture you will see at the beginning of this chaplet. His mother gave it to him and entrusted him to the care of our Blessed Mother.
In saying this chaplet, we too are entrusting ourselves to her merciful heart.

What follows is the directive on how to pray the chaplet.

Mother of Mercy


using our Lady’s Rosary beads

Begin with:

The Sign of the Cross

On the string of 3 beads:

An Our Father, a Hail Mary, and The Apostles' Creed

On the separate bead:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary; Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ! Amen.

On the string of beads, 10 times:

O Queen, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.

Repeat these 2 steps 5 times.

Then finish with:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, (help me to remember), that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

If you want to continue with a Holy Hour with Blessed Mother,
click the Holy Rosary link.

The Holy Rosary

If you have prayed the Holy Rosary and the Queen Mother of Mercy chaplet,
spend another five to ten minutes pondering what you just did.
To complete a Holy Hour with our Blessed Mother, click the Holy Hour with Mary link and pray the Litany of Loreto and the closing prayers.

Holy Hour with Mary

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