The Chaplet of St Colette

Saint Colette's intercession with the Lord has spanned the five centuries since her death, calling forth miracles of love. The deaf hear, the blind see, the lame walk and the dead are restored to life. Colette's method of proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel was not to preach but to pray. Her whole life was spent in prayer. Even when she was asked to help her brothers, the Friars Minor, in their reform and was invited into their chapter room, she did not tell them what they ought to do, she simply knelt down and prayed, and those who watched, one by one, also fell on their knees.

We were once asked to provide a chaplet of St Colette. When Colette took the single decade of beads looped round her cord in her hands, what she recited was simply the the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father. She loved this prayer and repeated it over and over in suffering and in joy.

What we had, however, been asked to supply was a chaplet of St Colette’s own prayers, which we give here. Many people tell us - and we have found for ourselves - that it is a prayer which changes your life. Don’t say ‘As God pleases, as God wills’, if you do not mean it!

 

The Chaplet
 

Blessed be the hour in which our Lord Jesus Christ, God and Man was born. Blessed be the Holy Spirit by whom he was conceived. Blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary of whom the Incarnate Word was born.      May the Lord hear our prayers through the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary and in memory of that most sacred hour in which the Incarnate Word was born, that all our desires may be accomplished for your glory and our salvation.      O good Jesus! O Jesus our Redeemer, do not abandon us as our sins deserve, but hear our humble prayer and grant what we ask through the intercession of the most blessed Virgin Mary and for the glory of your Holy name. Amen.

As God pleases As God wills(prayed ten times)

Let us praise the Father in his mercy and the Son by his passion and the Holy Spirit the fountain of peace and sweetness and love. Amen, amen without recall!
 

Comment

This Chaplet combines three prayers of St Colette.
Blessed be the Hour...
Background
Saint Colette lived in a France lacerated by the Hundred Years War. She was a contemporary and friend of St Joan of Arc. She had supporters and benefactors on both sides of the political divide. Her sisters have always got up in the middle of the night to pray. But on one occasion in a besieged city the sisters in the monastery where St Colette was at the time, woke up much too soon and began ringing the bell. Immediately the soldiers defending the city assumed that it was a sign to the besiegers, and raced to the monastery in rage at an act that seemed to imply betrayal. Peace was restored when all the bells in the city began to chime midnight. It is then that Colette is said to have composed this prayer. Blessed be the hour - midnight - in which the Incarnate Word was born - when night was half spent your Almighty Word leapt forth (Wis. 18,15). Blessed be the Hour is a prayer of intercession. We ask the Father to hear our prayer through the intercession of Mary and in memory of that answer to all prayer - the Word of the Father taking flesh on earth.


As God pleases...
 

A Dieu playse was one of St Colette's mottos - and it was her way of life. Not just as God wills but as it pleases God. The Lord is a God who can be pleased, who takes delight in his children and the loveliness of Colette's prayer is her longing to give delight to the Lord.  
Let us praise....
This Trinitarian formula is taken from the end of St Colette's testament.

 
The Chaplet for Meditation
 

In the arrangement that follow the chaplet prayers have been laid out in a Rosary like formulation: Blessed be the hour on the Pater bead, ten As God pleases as God wills on the little beads of the Rosary, and Let us praise as the Gloria Patri. To focus meditation on the fifteen mysteries with which the Rosary is usually associated, Blessed be the Hour has been given in four variants.

The Joyful Mysteries
Blessed be the hour of the Incarnation

The Annunciation of the Lord
The Visitation of our Lady to St Elizabeth
The Birth of our Lord
The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple


Blessed be the hour in which our Lord Jesus Christ, God and Man was born. Blessed be the Holy Spirit by whom he was conceived. Blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary of whom the Incarnate Word was born. May the Lord hear our prayers through the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary and in memory of that most sacred hour in which the Incarnate Word was born, that all our desires may be accomplished for your glory and our salvation.  O good Jesus! O Jesus our Redeemer, do not abandon us as our sins deserve, but hear our humble prayer and grant what we ask through the intercession of the most blessed Virgin Mary and for the glory of your Holy name. Amen.

As God pleases As God wills (x10)

Let us praise the Father in his mercy and the Son by his passion and the Holy Spirit
the fountain of peace and sweetness and love. Amen, amen without recall!


The Mysteries of Light
The hour of Christ’s public ministry

The Baptism of our Lord
The Marriage at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Transfiguration
The Last Supper


Blessed be the hour
in which our Lord Jesus Christ
preached the Kingdom
Blessed be the Holy Spirit
in whom we are baptised
Blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary
she who intercedes with Jesus for the Church
May the Lord hear our prayers
through the intercession
of the glorious Virgin Mary
and in memory
of that most sacred hour
in which Jesus gave himself in flesh and blood.
that all our desires may be accomplished
for your glory and our salvation.
O good Jesus!
O Jesus our Redeemer,
do not abandon us as our sins deserve,
but hear our humble prayer
and grant what we ask
through the intercession
of the most blessed Virgin Mary
and for the glory of your Holy Name.
Amen.

As God pleases
As God wills (x10)

Let us praise the Father in his mercy
and the Son by his passion
and the Holy Spirit
the fountain of peace and sweetness and love.
Amen, amen without recall!


The Sorrowful Mysteries
It is for this purpose that I have come to this hour.

The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the pillar
The Crowning with thorns
The Carrying of the cross
The Crucifixion


Blessed be the hour
in which our Lord Jesus Christ
is our Passover
Blessed be the Holy Spirit
given to us from the Cross
Blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary
on whom the Incarnate Word bestows the Church
May the Lord hear our prayers
through the intercession
of the glorious Virgin Mary
and in memory
of that most sacred hour
in which we receive the Passover of Christ.
that all our desires may be accomplished
for your glory and our salvation.
     O good Jesus!
O Jesus our Redeemer,
do not abandon us as our sins deserve,
but hear our humble prayer
and grant what we ask
through the intercession
of the most blessed Virgin Mary
and for the glory of your Holy name.
Amen.

As God pleases As God wills (x10)

Let us praise the Father in his mercy and the Son by his passion and the Holy Spirit the fountain of peace and sweetness and love. Amen, amen without recall!
 

The Glorious Mysteries
This is the hour of Christ’s resurrection; it looks to the last coming of the Lord at the end of time, that final blessed hour when Christ shall be all in all.

The Resurrection
The Ascension
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of our Lady
The Coronation of our Lady and the glory of all the saints


Blessed be the hour in which our Lord Jesus Christ, King and Judge will come Blessed be the Holy Spirit who prepares our hearts for his reign Blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary with whom the Incarnate Word will come again. May the Lord hear our prayers through the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary in memory of that most sacred hour in which heaven shall be opened to our eyes. that all our desires may be accomplished for your glory and our salvation.
O good Jesus! O Jesus our Redeemer, do not abandon us as our sins deserve, but hear our humble prayer and grant what we ask through the intercession of the most blessed Virgin Mary and for the glory of your Holy name. Amen.

As God pleases As God wills (x10)

Let us praise the Father in his mercy and the Son by his passion and the Holy Spirit the fountain of peace and sweetness and love. Amen, amen without recall!