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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The 3 o'clock Prayer

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Virtually all of us know of St. Faustina and our Lord's apparitions to her, which brought about the Feast of Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Icon of the Divine Mercy above. However, St. Faustina wrote down the Lord's words to her and one was of the need to make time for at least a moment of prayer at three o'clock everyday. Here are Our Lord's words as recorded in St. Faustina's diary:
My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. (1572)
Here is a prayer for 3 o'clock, but you don't necessarily have to say this one. The important thing is to say something - to honor Our Lord's sacrifice, who chose to save us from a fate we deserve, and to approach the Fount of mercy, which was opened up "for the washing of the sinner, and of the unclean woman" (Zechariah 13:1). Our Lord died for us; He died for a reason not to be put on our wall or in a textbook but to be placed in our hearts to make us remember we are to be Eucharistic tabernacles to let the light of Christ to shine through us. We can never forget the Lord's infinite love.

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The Prayer:

As the sound of the bells fades away, the leader begins with the sign of the cross, and together we pray:

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us (Diary 1319).

And then, three times,"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have Mercy on us and the whole world."

Image Source: Descent from the Cross by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet, 1697


del_button September 21, 2005 at 3:19 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank You for thie wonderful prayer and thank God for his mercy.

del_button September 21, 2005 at 3:20 PM
Anonymous said...


del_button April 28, 2006 at 12:01 AM
Jipmeister said...

This is such an awesome and incredibly powerful statement:

"Our Lord died for us; He died for a reason not to be put on our wall or in a textbook but to be placed in our hearts to make us remember we are to be Eucharistic tabernacles to let the light of Christ to shine through us. "

del_button November 10, 2006 at 1:16 PM
FloridaWife said...

Thank you for this. I was not aware of this.

del_button June 15, 2007 at 11:49 AM
Anonymous said...

God Bless You, dear Brother!
May God grant that your spiritual undertakings prosper. for the Glory of The Most Holy Trinity

del_button February 20, 2008 at 3:13 PM
Anonymous said...

G.V.S. Skokie, Il

del_button September 22, 2008 at 2:47 AM
Anonymous said...

I ask God that HE will always bless you, and may you continue to share the good news of our salvation... - dulce, philippines

del_button September 23, 2008 at 10:24 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all your posts!! I was only recently made aware of the fasts on every Friday of the year, and your kind reminder that Christ did in fact die for us on a Friday will make practicing the stations of the cross and 3 o'clock prayer in memory of his sacrifice of greater relevance and privelege to me.

del_button March 25, 2009 at 1:21 AM
lis said...

CORRECTION: 3 O'CLOCK PRAYER: the posted one states: repeat 3x: O blood and water- WRONG. The line that must be repeated 3x is: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have Mercy on us and the whole world." Please edit this since many use it as reference. Thank you.. ~Lis

del_button April 6, 2009 at 4:35 PM
Anonymous said...

"O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You", this was on The Novena To The Divine Mercy" that I picke up in a very old Church in Ireland in 2000. I thank God the Father and his Beloved Son Jesus every day for their love of us...

del_button April 13, 2009 at 2:25 AM
Anonymous said...

thank you. although my sister and i are continents apart, we were able to pray together the 3'0 clock prayer. it's 3pm at where i am right now...and it's 3am at where she is at this moment. she has not memorized this prayer, so i immediately googled it...and saw your site. i immediately sent the link to her via instant messaging.

God bless you!

del_button April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM
Matthew said...

Anonymous, I am very glad to have been able to help.

del_button April 14, 2009 at 2:39 AM
Anonymous said...

i do believe in the power of divine mercy devotion.... pray with confidence and contrite heart and, God will answer ur prayer....

del_button April 14, 2009 at 7:39 PM
lis said...

please add THE CHAPLET OF MERCY- it is The Rosary to The Father, continuation of 3 o'clock prayer. Very precious and powerful. Especially when done as Novena from Good Friday until 1st Sunday after Easter- Divine Mercy Feast.
***It only takes 5 minutes to do this Rosary to the Father. It is precious especially during Holy Week (Good Friday)
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
2. Then on the BIG BEADS (usually where we say Our Father Beads) say the following:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
3. On the (small) 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).
4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Closing Prayer:Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion- inexhaustible. Look kindly upon us and increase your Mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your Holy will, which is love and mercy itself. Amen.

del_button May 28, 2009 at 6:20 AM
Leti said...

Thanks! Now I never have to miss the 3 O'clock prayer...too havent learnt it by heart. Do please make the correction of the prayer x3 as Lis commented...Thanks!...Lis. The Chaplet would also encourgage more people to say it and bring to people who do not know about it.
Thanks very much

del_button June 10, 2009 at 10:25 PM
Matthew said...

Changes made to reflect request for alternations in the prayer via comments posted here.

del_button June 14, 2009 at 2:26 AM
* ` renei ... said...

i cant just understand the tone :D !!!

del_button June 16, 2009 at 1:59 AM
Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus for taking our place on the cross. Oh how I love you

del_button June 23, 2009 at 6:00 AM
Anonymous said...


del_button December 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this. I wanted to start the 3'O clock prayer, and googled it and got this page. Thank you very much.

del_button March 12, 2010 at 2:18 PM
Anonymous said...

I would like to shout on top of my voice and tell to everybody- please try your best to say this prayer. It’s a most powerful & merciful prayer without any doubt. Once you get it memorized, it takes merely 5 min so say.

del_button March 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Anonymous said...

To God be all Honor, Power and Praise forever...Jesus, We Trust in You...

del_button April 1, 2010 at 10:18 PM
marlon said...

God thank you for wonderful prayer. Jesus we trust in you.

marlon, Philippines

del_button April 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM
collin said...

Divine Mercy prayer has helped me a lot. Thank you Jesus for helping me always. Pray for us

del_button April 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Anonymous said...

My daughter was born just after 3:00 p.m. My mom looked at the clock and said, you know this is a very powerful time. It served as a great reminder that because Jesus gave his life 'the source of life gushed forth for souls'. She was named after Saint Lucia,will be 3 next month and is the best thing that ever happened to me! Thank you God for all of our wonderful blessings!

del_button June 4, 2010 at 12:15 AM
Anonymous said...

Pray! Pray! Pray! The 3 O'clock Divine Mercy Prayer is the most powerful prayer you could pray. Trust in God's infinite mercy and grace, then all your prayers will be answered.

del_button July 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM
Anonymous said...

thankyou so much for posting the prayer

del_button October 25, 2010 at 5:07 AM
Anonymous said...

thank you for having this on the net tooo . this helps me to remember my daily prayers . oh Lord me d'ont disappointment me and my favor please . you know why I am doing all this for me ..........
I deed you to be with me .....

del_button November 20, 2010 at 8:23 AM
Anonymous said...

I just finished saying the divine mercy prayer now, in deed it is a powerful prayer! Just looking up to God for his mercy and grace in my life and my family members. I believe he will fulfil our purpose in life in Jesus mighty name i pray...Amen.

del_button November 27, 2010 at 1:24 AM
Anonymous said...

No matter how you feel, continue to pray this 3 o'clock prayer. I believe in it.

del_button January 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you for this lovely prayer.

Please prayer that I may be blessed with a Job very soon as I need it urgently.

del_button January 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM
Anonymous said...

I have been Miraculously blessed with a Job. I said this prayer whenever possible and I am so happy to announce the faithful promises of our Lord, He never fails.Pray with all your heart.

del_button February 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM
Anonymous said...

pwd po bang mkahingi ng version ng the 3 o'clock prayer in HILIGAYNON(ilonggo version) nito?maaari po sana i send sa email add ko na salamat po,more power!

del_button March 4, 2011 at 6:04 AM
Anonymous said...

I was told about this prayer shortly after my baby girl died in 2009, I said it every Friday praying that I would be blessed again with another baby girl and God would allow me to keep and raise her. I conceived again in Nov 2009 and gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl in Juy 2010! My living daughter was conceived exactly a year on from the date I conceived my angel daughter! This prayer is powerful, beautiful and I thank God everyday for answering my prayer and blessing my life with my little miracle! xxxx

del_button April 22, 2011 at 3:50 AM
Anonymous said...

God Bless this prayer and thank you for the posts. My brother-in-law just passed at 3 o'clock and I feel it is not a coincindence. Prayers for all who read this.

del_button July 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM
Anonymous said...

I set my alarm on my phone for 3 o'clock every day with a very annoying alarm to distract me from whatever I'm doing and pray this prayer. I admit sometimes I get lazy or will try to make an excuse to skip it...But I without a doubt feel so much better every single time I do pray. I will sit at my desk cube at work, plug my ears, close my eyes, and give HIM every bit of me if just for a few minutes, and It feels wonderful. I had a leaflet in my purse that I pull out but I have misplaced it. I'm glad I found your site so that I could pray today.

del_button August 12, 2011 at 4:40 AM
Anonymous said...

I prayed to Divine Mercy for my brother's release from Jail. We miss him a lot. I request all pls remember him in your prayers. Thanks to all.

del_button November 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM
Anonymous said...

Thanks a TON My Almighty GOD, Divine mercy Prayer s really powerful, I m blessed a lot, GOD be praised. GOD is Great. Please Pray to GOD for all your requests and leave rest to him. He will surely give it to you when you deserve the best.

del_button December 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Anonymous said...

I have been praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet since Holy week this year. I began with the Novena to the Divine Mercy and since then I pray the chaplet almost every day. I also make time on the weekends to sing the prayers with the EWTN program at 3pm on Saturday on Sunday. It is a beautiful way to honor our Father in Heaven and Our Lord Jesus who died for us on the Cross. If you ever have time you should try singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As St Francis says we pray twice when we sing.

del_button March 7, 2012 at 6:22 AM
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site, May God bless you for spreading His mercies through this accessible way. I have been encouraged by the many testimonies in the comments section. I believe in God's faithfullness and enormous mercies for us. There are many ways that God is calling us back to Himself through novenas to saints, prayers to our Mother Mary, also Mother of God, and many other prayers. Mathew, be blessed for your initiative, efforts and sacrifice. May God always answer your prayers.

del_button June 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM
Anonymous said...

what a wonderful prayer, should I pray at 3:00 everyday or 3:00 every Friday?

del_button June 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM
Anonymous said...

what does it mean when you say, you expired in the prayer

del_button June 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Matthew said...

"Expired" means that Our Lord died at 3 PM.

del_button June 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Matthew said...

Pray this every day at 3 PM.

del_button July 8, 2012 at 2:36 AM
Anonymous said...

where is the "o blood and water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You" part ?

del_button November 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM
Erika Foutz said...

i absolutely love this prayer!!! It is through the Holy Spirit that I was drawn to this prayer book. During this past Christmas season I spent most of my free time @ the catholic bookstore.(in search of peace) I became familiar with this prayer during the season of lent this year... I have said the 3 o'clock prayer almost everyday this year. It is the most amazing thing to have instilled into our daily lives!!! My 9 year old son also says the chaplet with me. (We sing the part on the small beads.) God loves each & everyone of us so much!!!

del_button November 20, 2012 at 4:33 AM
Anonymous said...

Thank You

del_button December 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM
Anonymous said...

I believe in this prayer...saying for a special reason but need to remember mercy for the whole world....

del_button August 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM
Anonymous said...

My gratitude goes to this site because when I cannot get to my prayer book I look up the prayer here, am so glad

del_button August 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Jesus remember those that adore you and believe in you, have mercy on us and the whole world.....Amen

Awuda Nnobi

del_button April 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM
Anonymous said...

AMEN... PRAY it works brothers n' sister. GOD knws everything GBU US ALL.

del_button April 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for your infinite mercy and your unfailing help and for all the favours received

del_button May 22, 2015 at 8:59 AM
Nkechi Arinze said...

Jesus,i believe in your mercy and love. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you..

del_button February 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM
christopher said...

Pray this beautiful prayer to the Blessed Mother, ask for her intercession and she will not fail you.
Say it three times a day for three days, and promise to publish. Believe in miracles!

Oh most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, QUeen of Heaven and Earth, i humbly beseech Thee from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request) There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. (repeat three times) Holy Mary, I place this cause in Your hands.(repeat three times)

Finish with nine Hail, Mary's.
May God bless you and may your prayers be answered!

del_button April 21, 2016 at 5:32 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you my Dear Lord Jesus Christ, for your precious gift and washing us clean with your precious Blood...Amen.

del_button April 9, 2017 at 1:06 PM
Anonymous said...

This is one of the most miraculous prayers I've ever experienced. It came to me from a woman who attended a garage sale that I was having. As we began to make small talk and she asked what made me decide to have a garage sale, I admitted that it was because I was having a hard time finding a job and was running out of money to even travel to interviews (I had $27). She mentioned the prayer, told me to always feel safe asking God for money, the same way you would feel comfortable asking your own father for money (many people believe it's a run to ask for money, it's not), and then she told me to Google the prayer. I said the novena and on the last day I got a job. After 2 days of training I began work, I'm the third day...I made more tips than I could ever imagine. That job opened an entirely different profession for me that supported me for 4 years. The strangest part was...every person who helped me was a serious sinner.

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