3 o’clock Prayer
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, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and the whole world. (3X)
Out of the 1,440 Minutes in a Day, Could You Spare 1 Minute to Talk to Jesus?
As Catholics, we are called to immerse ourselves in Prayer and meditation as often as we can, but there is a particular hour that holds a special significance: the Holy Hour at 3 p.m. This is the time when Jesus implored us to pause and pray for His mercy, especially for sinners. In the Diary of St. Faustina, Jesus revealed that this hour is the hour of great mercy and that when we pray at this time, He will refuse nothing to our prayer requests if we invoke His sacrificial passion.
Jesus does not strictly demand us to enter the Chapel every 3 o’clock. Christ Himself understands the demands of our life’s responsibilities, and He implores us to ask for His mercy even in the tiniest way so that He will be able to show it to all of us.
So, what if we don’t have much time? Even if we can’t make the Stations of the Cross or adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament at 3 o’clock, we can still mentally pause for a “brief instant,” think of His total abandonment at the hour of agony, and pray the 3 o’clock Prayer. It will only take a few minutes of your day.
In fact, praying the 3 o’clock Prayer will only take 1 minute of your time. And yet, it is a minute that is worth dedicating to Jesus. In a day, we are blessed with 1,440 minutes of being alive and 1,440 minutes of enjoying the breath of life from God. Can we not give at least 1 minute of our day to Jesus, who saved our lives?
During this minute of Prayer, we can meditate on the moment of the agony of Jesus dying on the cross at 3 p.m. We can implore the mercy of Jesus, especially for sinners, and invoke its omnipotence for the whole world. As Jesus has revealed to Saint Faustina, in this hour, we can obtain everything for ourselves and for others.
So, let us try our best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that our duties permit it. But if we are not able to do so, let us, at the very least, pause for a moment of silence and pray the 3 o’clock Prayer. In doing so, we turn our attention to His Passion, and we ask for His mercy. We invite Him to pour His mercy upon us all.
Let us not underestimate the power of this simple act of Prayer. It only takes a minute, but it can have a profound impact on our lives and the lives of others. Let us make a commitment to pray the 3 o’clock Prayer every day, and let us encourage others to do the same. In this way, we can join together in invoking the mercy of Jesus, especially for sinners, and in adoring and glorifying His boundless Mercy for us.
How the 3 o’clock Prayer Started
Every day at 3 o’clock, Catholics worldwide pause for a moment of reflection to pray the Hour of Mercy Prayer, a powerful and inspiring prayer of Divine Mercy. This moment of prayer is a reminder of the incredible gift that Jesus has given us through His death and resurrection, the gift of His unfathomable Divine Love and Mercy.
The prayer that Jesus taught Saint Faustina is a simple but profound expression of His mercy: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” (Diary 84). These words capture the essence of Jesus’ mercy, which flows from His very heart, cleansing and healing us from all our sins and mistakes.
Saint Faustina, inspired by her devotion to Jesus’ mercy, created her own prayer that adds to the power and depth of the 3 o’clock prayer. Her words capture the beauty and magnitude of Jesus’ mercy, reminding us of the ocean of grace that is available to all of us. She says, “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, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.” (Diary 1319)
Combining these two prayers creates a powerful and inspiring Hour of Mercy Prayer. As we pray, we are reminded of Jesus’ love and compassion, and we allow ourselves to be enveloped by His mercy. We ask Him to empty Himself out upon us, to pour His love and forgiveness upon us, and to cleanse us from all that separates us from Him.
As we conclude our prayer, we are called to repeat three times the solemn and humble prayer, “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and the whole world.” (Diary 476). This is a prayer of humility and gratitude as we acknowledge our need for God’s mercy and ask that it be poured out upon the whole world.
We end the prayer with an “Amen.“
The Hour of Mercy Prayer is a powerful and inspiring way to connect with Jesus’ Divine Mercy, to be reminded of His love and forgiveness, and to ask for His grace and healing in our lives. May this prayer be a source of inspiration and hope for us all as we seek to live our lives with faith, hope, and love, knowing that Jesus’ mercy is always available to us.
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Bible Verse About God’s Mercy
Mercy is the abstention from imposing a righteous punishment. The Bible has many stories of God’s mercy that serve as helpful illustrations. The whole manifestation of God’s mercy is shown in Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 18:23–27, we see another demonstration of God’s kindness. In this parable, Jesus compares a rich ruler who lends his own money to a debtor. When the ruler demanded the return of his money, the debtor came and pleaded for mercy. The ruler forgives the debt in turn. So, as we could not repay the debt to God, He has fully forgiven us of it in Christ. God is merciful and gracious. He is slow to anger, and he shows his steadfast love and faithfulness in eternal abundance. The basis of God’s mercy is His love for us. His mercy stems in significant measure from the fact that He is love (1 John 4:8). In relation to what we have done and insists on doing, we deserve to be punished. However, since God loves us and is merciful, He sent His Son to be the savior of humankind (John 3:16). Thus, we enjoy God’s kindness while Jesus suffers a horrible, painful death on our behalf.
God wants us to be with Him because of His love for us. God’s compassion and mercy are needed by all men of all generations. Jesus surrendered His life for us as a sacrificial lamb (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29). God allowed His Son to bear the judgment we deserved so that we could be forgiven. His extreme act of mercy was described in these verses from Ephesians 2:4–5: “That is the highest expression of God’s love and mercy to us. What this means is that mercy ultimately wins out over condemnation.
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Every one of us is guilty of having sinned. However, our sentence has been lenient; thus, the judge, who is our Merciful Father, has granted us mercy.
The reality is that every person who has been saved by Jesus has received mercy.
Though we have not done anything to earn it, God has always shown mercy to us. Divine grace cannot be earned but is a gift given to persons who were terribly guilty and completely undeserving of it.
Mercy and compassion are freely given by God, but they are not granted without any action on our part. God does not simply pardon us. We all must make some kind of sacrifice for our wrongdoing. God showed His great love and compassion by sending His only Son to bear the penalty for our sins.
On whom God has mercy, He shows mercy. Through the innocent blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ paid the punishment for our sins. We can only wish that this is the kind of mercy that God provides to people who have not done anything to be entitled to it: the flawless justice of God’s goodness brought to those who cannot earn it through the unearned sufferings of Christ in our place.
Bible Verse about God’s Love
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May the blessings of Divine Mercy be showered upon you abundantly. And through you, may the message of Divine Mercy continue to spread and flourish throughout the world, bringing hope and healing to all who seek it.
Diary 84, 1319: Three O’clock Hour Prayer | The Divine Mercy. https://www.thedivinemercy.org/chj/prayers/threeoclock
Diary 476: Praying for the Sick and Dying | The Divine Mercy. https://www.thedivinemercy.org/eadm/praying