Product Feature Post: Chaplets
I admit it… I hadn’t heard of a chaplet until I was 33. I had no idea what they were. So I know there are many of you who know what a chaplet is, but probably many more who, like me, are continuing to discover many beautiful things about the Catholic Church.
Sometimes things are new to us that are old hat to others, and we think “I’m supposed to know all of this already. Does that mean I’m not a good Catholic?” This is the same question I asked myself when I first came across chaplets.
Chaplets are a form of traditional prayer within the Catholic Church.
Chaplets are a lot like rosaries, and for many chaplets a rosary can be used.
And just as the word “rosary” can refer to the item or the series of prayer itself, “chaplet” refers to both the series of prayers and the beads used for keeping track of the prayers.
So just like you don’t need a rosary to pray the rosary (many times have I used my fingers for lack of a rosary), you don’t need a chaplet (beads) to pray a chaplet (prayer).
The purpose of a chaplet is simple: To initiate, maintain, or revive a special devotion to a Saint, Angel, Mary, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit or the Father.
Chaplets can also be used as a novena (9 day series of prayers) leading up to a feast day. Or used when making important decisions (Holy Ghost Chaplet), or taking a test (St. Raphael). There are literally hundreds of chaplets. This book outlines about 100 of the most common chaplets. You can even create your own.
Example 1: Blessed Sacrament Chaplet – 1 Medal and 33 Beads
On the medal say “As I cannot now receive Thee, My Jesus in Holy Communion come, spiritually, into my heart, and make it Thine own forever.”
On each bead (33 beads – one for each year of Christ’s life on Earth) say “Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us!”
Example 2: Beads of the Sacred Heart (recited on regular rosary beads)
On the cross say “Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.”
On the first large bead say “Oh Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Blood, Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ and the sorrows of our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph in reparation for my sins, in suffrage for the souls in Purgatory, for the wants of the Holy Church, and for the conversion of sinners.”
On the 3 small beads say “My God, I believe in Thee. My God, I hope in Thee. My God, I love Thee with my whole heart, and for Thy sake I love my neighbor as myself.”
On each of the 5 large decade beads say “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for me.”
On each of the 50 small decade beads say “Sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore, that I may love Thee more and more. Sweet Heart of Mary, be thou my salvation.”
Concluding prayer: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus Mary and Joseph, assist me now and in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.”