A Chaplet for the Mercy to Forgive Another


Introduction to This Chaplet

Forgiveness of one who has hurt you can be very difficult.  It is not something that you can simply accomplish overnight.  It takes much grace and surrender to God.  And it takes much prayer.

Jesus never asks us to do anything He is not willing to do.  He forgave, from the Cross, those who had just treated Him so brutally.  The chaplet below is designed to help those who struggle with forgiving another.  Pray it daily if this is you so that God can free you from this burden.

The following chaplet (which is different from the Chaplet of Divine Mercy) is also prayed using a rosary.  The prayers are taken from Scripture:

The first prayer comes from St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.  He spoke it just before he died from stoning:

Lord, do not hold this sin against them.  Acts 7:60

The second prayer is based upon the very words of Jesus as He hung dying on the Cross:

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

The Chaplet

Start with one Our Father, one Hail Mary and the Apostles’ Creed.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Hail Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


On the large bead of each decade of the rosary, pray:

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them,” for You are full of mercy and compassion for all.  Please give me the grace to forgive so as to imitate Your perfect love…

Then, on the ten small beads of each decade of the rosary, pray:

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Conclude all five decades by saying three times:

Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner. 

Amen.