[quote=asteroid]I hope someone’s got a good answer.
I regularly pray the chaplet but must admit I don’t really understand that point. I just about manage with the concept of offering Jesus to God in the mass liturgy but the chaplet by being separate from the eucharist, seems to take it a step further.
Is the Chaplet really separate from the Eucharist? The Eucharist IS the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and that is exactly what is being offered up in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy!
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is an incredible prayer; it is a priestly prayer of the highest order. The prayer offers to God the Father not only the most perfect offering that a priest can offer, but the intentions of the prayer are also of the highest order. This priestly prayer is not just making an offering of atonement for one’s own sins, but for the sins OF THE WHOLE WORLD. Could any priestly prayer ever exceed this prayer? I don’t see how, because it offers the most perfect offering, for the greatest of all intentions.
Personally, I don’t think that the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayer that is offered separate from the Eucharist, but it is a prayer that is joined, in some mysterious manner, to the Eucharist that is being offered from all the altars throughout the world – a prayer not unlike the Morning Offering Prayer of the Blue Army of Fatima:O my God in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with it the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. …
**Catechism of the Catholic Church
1545** The redemptive sacrifice of Christ is unique, accomplished once for all; yet it is made present in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Church. …I believe the priestly aspect of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is not yet fully appreciated. Jesus gave this prayer to a woman, a member of the common priesthood of all the faithful. To me, this is a revelation from Christ of the power inherent in the common priesthood of all the faithful.
We have women priests in the Catholic Church. Women priests that have been consecrated into the one priesthood of Christ through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The priestly prayers that they can offer are of the highest order!**Catechism of the Catholic Church
1546** Christ, high priest and unique mediator, has made of the Church “a kingdom, priests for his God and Father.” The whole community of believers is, as such, priestly. The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet, and king. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the faithful are “consecrated to be . . . a holy priesthood.”
1544 … Christ Jesus, the “one mediator between God and men” … “by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified,” that is, by the unique sacrifice of the cross.