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54 Day Rosary Novena
Origin and Method

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Unlike so many of Our Lady’s titles, which go back centuries for their origin, this one is quite recent. The events which gave rise to this title took place less than one hundred years ago.
By the last half of the nineteenth century the Valley of Pompeii, near Naples, was practically deserted. Of the comparatively few people who still lived there, most had lost their ancient Catholic faith; ignorance and superstition prevailed. Only a handful of people bothered to attend the services in the little parish chapel.
In October 1872, a man named Bartolo Longo came to the valley. He was the husband of the Countess of Fusco, who had some property there; and Bartolo came to see what condition it was in. he had been reared a Catholic and was probably still one in name, although it seems he was not very devout.
On October 9th, a few days after his arrival, he was walking along a rather desolate road when suddenly a voice seemed to speak to him. It told him that if he wished to be saved, he should spread devotion to the Rosary and that the Blessed Virgin had promised, that was the way to find salvation.
Bartolo fell on his knees and replied that if the Virgin had truly so promised then he would be saved; he would not leave the valley until he had popularized the Rosary.
His early efforts to interest the people in the Rosary devotion do not seem to have been very successful, but he persisted, and in two or three years he had gathered quite a group around him for daily recitation of the prayers in the little chapel.
The Bishop visited the valley in 1875, and complimented Bartolo on the good work he had done. He suggested that a church be built there in honor of Our Lady of Pompeii, and then, turning prophet, the Bishop pointed to a field near the chapel and declared that someday a basilica would stand on that spot.
As the number of people taking part in the daily recitation of the Rosary grew, it was decided to obtain a picture of the Blessed Virgin, to help the faithful meditate as they prayed. On October 13, 1875, Bartolo went to Naples to see if he could find a suitable picture, but after searching for several days, to his great disappointment, he found that any really good picture would cost around four hundred francs, and he had nowhere near that amount to spend.
He didn’t want to return empty handed, however, and disappoint the good people of Pompeii, so he somewhat reluctantly accepted a secondhand painting from a junk store for five lire. A trucker not knowing what the package contained pitched it on top of a load of garbage and so the picture arrived at the chapel. The people were pleased with the dilapidated picture and enshrined it. Almost immediately several miracles took place through Mary’s intercession as Our Lady of Pompeii. A church was built, 1876-1891 and a new basilica, 1934-1939, ordered by Pope Pius XI.
Our Lady of Pompeii
*from Roman Catholic Saints (http://www.roman-catholic-saints.com/our-lady-of-pompeii.html)

  

Second account/;

This devotion, which the author has called the'Rosary Novenas to Our Lady,' is of comparatively recent origin. In an apparition of Our Lady of Pompeii, which occurred in 1884 at Naples, in the house of Commander Agrelli, the heavenly Mother deigned to make known the
manner in which she desires to be invoked. For thirteen months Fortuna Agrelli, the daughter of
the Commander, had endured dreadful sufferings and torturous cramps; she had been given up by the most celebrated physicians.

 On February 16, 1884, the afflicted girl and her relatives commenced a novena of Rosaries. The
Queen of the Holy Rosary favored her with an apparition on March 3rd. Mary, sitting upon a high throne, surrounded by luminous figures, held the divine Child on her lap, and
in her hand a Rosary. The Virgin Mother and the holy Infant were clad in gold embroidered garments. They were accompanied by St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena.
The throne was profusely decorated with flowers; the beauty of Our Lady was marvelous.
Mary looked upon the sufferer with maternal tenderness, and the patient saluted her with the words:
'Queen of the Holy Rosary, be gracious to me; restore me to health! I have already prayed to thee in a novena, O Mary, but have not yet experienced thy aid. I am so anxious
to be cured!' 'Child,' responded the Blessed Virgin, thou hast
invoked me by various titles and hast always obtained favors from me. Now, since thou hast
called me by that title so pleasing to me, 'Queen of the Holy
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Rosary,' I can no longer refuse the favor thou dost petition; for this name is most precious and dear to me. Make three novenas, and thou shalt obtain all.'

Once more the Queen of the Holy Rosary appeared to her and said, 'Whoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary,
and three novenas in thanksgiving.' “This miracle of the Rosary made a very deep
impression on Pope Leo XIII, and greatly contributed to the fact that in so many circular letters he urged all Christians to love the Rosary and say it fervently.”
(http://happinessisprayer.blogspot.com/2010/11/origin-and-method-this-devotion-which.html)

The Novena
consists of five decades of the Rosary each day for twenty seven days in petition; then immediately five decades each day for twenty seven days in thanksgiving. whether or not the request has been granted. The meditations vary from day to day. On the first  day meditate on the Joyful Mysteries: on the second day the Sorrowful Mysteries: on the third day the Glorious Mysteries: on the fourth day meditate again on the Joyful Mysteries; and so on throughout the fifty four days. A laborious Novena, but a Novena of Love. You who are sincere will not find it too difficult, if you really wish to obtain your request. Should you not obtain the favor you seek, be assured that the Rosary Queen, who knows what each one stands most in need of, has heard your prayer. You will not have prayed in vain. No prayer
ever went unheard. And Our Blessed Lady has never been known to fail. Look upon each Hail Mary as a rare and beautiful rose which you lay at Mary's feet. These spiritual roses, bound in a wreath with Spiritual Communions, will be a 1 The Rosary, My Treasure, Benedictine Convent, Clyde,
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3 most pleasing and acceptable gift to her, and will bring down upon you special graces.
If you would reach the innermost recesses of her heart, lavishly bedeck your wreath with spiritual diamonds holy communions. Then her joy will be unbounded, and she will open wide the channel of her choicest graces to you.

NOTE

In obedience to the decree of Pope Urban VIII and of other Supreme Pontiffs, the author begs to state that, in regard to what is herein narrated, no higher authority is claimed than
that which is due to all authentic human testimony. ethren in life and death the saints of heaven.
14. Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are all my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. 15. Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination.
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The Joyful Mysteries
Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. 6 The Annunciation Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of 

THE ANNUNCIATION,

when the angel Gabriel appeared to thee with the tidings that thou wert to become the Mother of God; greeting thee with that sublime salutation, “Hail, full of grace! the Lord is with thee!” and thou didst humbly submit thyself to the will of the Father, responding: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.” I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue
Of Humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE VISITATION

Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Visitation, when, upon thy visit to thy holy cousin, Elizabeth, she greeted thee with the prophetic utterance, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” and thou didst answer with that canticle of canticles, the Magnificat. I humbly pray:l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue Of Charityand humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.7

THE NATIVITY

Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Nativity of Our Lord, when, thy time being completed, thou didst bring forth, O holy Virgin, the Redeemer of the world in a stable at Bethlehem; whereupon choirs of angels filled the heavens with their exultant song of praise “Glory to
God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.” I humbly pray:
l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of Detachment from the world and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE PRESENTATION

Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Presentation, when, in obedience to the Law of Moses, thou didst present thy Child in the Temple, where the holy
prophet Simeon, taking the Child in his arms, offered thanks to God for sparing him to look upon his Saviour and foretold thy sufferings by the words: “Thy soul also a sword shall pierce . . .”
I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these snowwhite buds with a petition for the virtue of Purity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. 8

 THE FINDING OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, when, having sought Him for three days, sorrowing, thy heart was gladdened upon finding Him in the Temple speaking to the doctors; and when, upon thy request, He obediently
returned home with thee. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father.
I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of Obedience to the will of God
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Spiritual Communion:
MY JESUS, really present in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the immaculate heart of Thy most holy Mother, and abide with
me forever. Thou in me, And I in Thee, In Time and in Eternity, In Mary.

PRAYER

O God! Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what
they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child, thy blessing give to us this day (night). In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.10
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father.11

THE AGONY

O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Agony of Our Lord in the Garden, when, in the grotto of the Garden of Olives, Jesus saw the sins of the world unfolded before Him by Satan, who sought to dissuade Him from the sacrifice He was about to make; when, His soul shrinking from the sight, and His precious blood flowing from every pore at the vision of the torture
and death He was to undergo, thy own sufferings, dear Mother, the future sufferings of His Church, and His own sufferings in the Blessed Sacrament, He cried in anguish, "Abba! Father! if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me"; but, immediately resigning Himself to His Father's will, He prayed, "Not as I will, but as Thou wilt!" I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father.
I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Resignation to the will of God
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE SCOURGING

O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Scourging of Our Lord, when, at Pilate's command, thy divine Son, stripped of His garments and bound to a pillar, was lacerated from head to foot with cruel scourges
and His flesh torn away until His mortified body could bear no more. 1 humbly pray:
l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father.12 I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE CROWNING WITH THORNS

O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Crowning of Our Lord with thorns, when, the soldiers, binding about His head a crown of sharp thorns, showered blows upon it, driving the thorns deeply into His head; then, in mock adoration, knelt before Him, crying,"Hail, King of the Jews!"I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these blood-red roses with a petition for the virtue of Humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS

O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Carrying of the Cross, when, with the heavy wood of the cross upon His shoulders, thy divine Son was dragged, weak and suffering, yet patient, through the streets, amidst the revilements of the people, to Calvary; falling often, but
urged along by the cruel blows of His executioners. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these bloodred roses with a petition for the virtue of
Patience in Adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.13

THE CRUCIFIXION

O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Crucifixion, when, having been stripped of His garments, thy divine Son was nailed to the cross, upon which He died after three hours of indescribable agony, during which time He begged from His Father forgiveness for His enemies. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these bloodred roses with a petition for the virtue of Love of our enemiesand humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION MY JESUS,
really present in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the immaculate heart of Thy most holy Mother, and abide with
me forever. Thou in me, And I in Thee, In Time and in Eternity, In Mary.

PRAYER

O God! Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child, thy blessing give to us this day (night). In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.15 l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father.
I bind these fullblown roses with a petition for the virtue of Charityand humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Assumption Of Our Blessed Mother Into Heaven O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of Thy Assumption into Heaven, when, consumed with the desire
to be united with thy divine Son in heaven, thy soul departed from thy body and united itself to Him, Who, out of the excessive love He bore for thee, His Mother, whose virginal body was His first tabernacle, took that body into heaven and there, amidst the acclaims of the angels and
saints, reinfused into it thy soul. I humbly pray:


The Glorious Mysteries

  
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. The Resurrection O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the

RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD FROM THE DEAD,

 when, on the morning of the third day after His death and burial. He arose from the dead and appeared to thee, dear Mother, and filled thy heart with unspeakable joy; then appeared to the holy women, and to His disciples, who adored Him as their
risen God. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these full blown roses with a petition for the virtue of Faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Ascension
O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of

THE ASCENSION,

 when thy divine Son, after forty days on earth, went to Mount Olivet accompanied by His disciples and thee, where all adored Him for the last time, after which He promised to remain with them until the end of the world;
then, extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascended before their eyes into heaven. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these full blown roses with a petition for the virtue of Hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. 17
The Descent of the Holy Ghost
O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of

THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY GHOST,

when, the apostles being assembled with thee in a house in Jerusalem, the Holy Ghost descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues, inflaming the hearts of the apostles with the fire of divine love, teaching them all truths, giving to them the gift of tongues, and filling thee with the plenitude of His grace,inspired thee to pray for the apostles and the first Christians. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these full blown roses with a petition for the virtue of Charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER INTO HEAVEN

O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of Thy Assumption into Heaven, when, consumed with the desire to be united with thy divine Son in heaven, thy soul departed from thy body and united itself to Him, Who, out of the excessive love He bore for thee, His Mother, whose
virginal body was His first tabernacle, took that body into heaven and there, amidst the acclaims of the angels and saints, reinfused into it thy soul. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these full blown roses with a petition for the virtue of Union with Christ
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
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THE CORONATION OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER IN HEAVEN AS ITS QUEEN

O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of Thy Coronation in Heaven, when, upon being taken up to heaven after thy death, thou wert triply crowned as the august Queen of Heaven by God the Father as His beloved Daughter, by God the Son as His dearest Mother, and by God the Holy Ghost as His chosen Spouse; the most perfect adorer of the Blessed Trinity, pleading our cause as our most powerful and merciful Mother, through thee. I humbly pray: l  Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father. I bind these full blown roses with a petition for the virtue of
Union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION MY JESUS, really present in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love
and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the immaculate heart of Thy most holy Mother, and abide with me forever. Thou in me, And I in Thee, In Time and in Eternity, In Mary.

PRAYER

O God! Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what
they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child, thy blessing give to us this day (night). In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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PROMISES


Made by the Blessed Virgin to St. Dominic and Blessed
Alan.
1. To all those who will recite my Rosary devoutly, I
promise my special protection and very great
graces.
2. Those who will persevere in the recitation of my
Rosary shall receive some signal grace.
3. The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against
hell; it shall destroy vice, deliver from sin, and shall
dispel heresy.
4. The Rosary shall make virtue and good works
flourish, and shall obtain for souls the most
abundant divine mercies; it shall substitute in hearts
love of God for love of the world, elevate them to
desire heavenly and eternal goods. Oh, that souls
would sanctify themselves by this means!
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5. Those who trust themselves to me through the
Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Those who will recite my Rosary piously,
considering its Mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed
by misfortune nor die a bad death. The sinner shall
be converted; the just shall grow in grace and
become worthy of eternal life.
7. Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die
without the consolations of the Church, or without
grace.
8. Those who will recite my Rosary shall find during
their life and at their death the light of God, the
fullness of His grace, and shall share in the merits
of the blessed.
9. I will deliver very promptly from purgatory the
souls devoted to my Rosary.
10. The true children of my Rosary shall enjoy great
glory in heaven.
11. What you ask through my Rosary, you shall obtain.
12. Those who propagate my Rosary shall obtain
through me aid in all their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Son that all the confrères
of the Rosary shall have for their br
Prayer In petition before the recitation for the first 27 days:
Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God's graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift andfail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of
nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother! Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this SpiritualCommunion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specifyrequest) Hail, Mary, etc



 Prayer In thanksgiving before the recitation for the second set of 27 days:
Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of
Roses blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God's graces, and Mother of
all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast
given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother. Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual
Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify
request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.