This chaplet consists of a total of fifteen beads along with a medal depicting St. Maximilian Kolbe. It is intended to seek the powerful intercession of this Martyr of Charity whom Pope John Paul II has referred to as the “Patron of our difficult century” and the “Prophet of the Civilization of Love.”
St. Maximilian himself had noted that those in heaven, unrestricted by earthly cares or concerns, can indeed work “with both hands” for the special needs of those who call upon them for help.
The Kolbe chaplet is said by reciting the Memorare on the first bead after the medal. This prayer is a reminder of the filial love and unwavering trust St. Maximilian had for Mary Immaculate. On the second set of fourteen beads, representing Kolbe’s death on August 14, the Miraculous Medal prayer adapted by St. Maximilian is recited.
Kolbe always encouraged this prayer for the conversion and sanctification of others, beginning with oneself. After each prayer, directly invoke St. Maximilian’s intercession keeping in mind the particular intention or person you wish to remember.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone
who fled to your protection, implored your help,
or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you,
and for those who do not have recourse to you,
especially the enemies of the Holy Church
and those who are recommended to you.
You inflamed your priest and martyr,
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, with love for the Immaculate Virgin
and filled him with zeal for souls and love of neighbor.
Through his prayers grant that we may work unreservedly
for your glory in the service of men
and thereby become like Christ your Son until death. Amen.