The 54 Day Rosary Novena. Pictured above is our Lady of the Holy Rosary. What is it? Where does it come from? How do I pray it?

Where does it come from?

This tradition of the 54-day rosary novena originates from the story of Fortuna Agrelli, who was the daughter of the commander in Naples. Fortuna had been suffering from terrible pains and cramps, that no doctor could heal. She decided to begin a rosary novena with her family and was blessed with an apparition of our lady holding Jesus and accompanied with two Saints. Saint Dominic, whom Mary had revealed the rosary to, and Saint Catherine of Sienna.

As Fortuna gazed upon Mary, she 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!”

Mary, the blessed virgin responded to Fortuna, having come to her in favour by the titles she had invoked, the most pleasing being “Queen of the Holy Rosary,” wishing to grant the favour to the child she asked that she completes 3 more Novenas in thanksgiving.

In another apparition, Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary said: “Whoever desires to obtain favours from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving”.

Why Do I need it?

In the circumstances of the world, and in personal circumstances of chronic bodily pains and cramps, in desperate need for help from the blessed virgin, I find this novena so fitting.

Today, being the feast of the assumption of Mary into heaven, it is a great day to start the novena, as it ends on the feast day of Our Lady of the most Holy Rosary. Whatever your sufferings, pains, desires are, let us not waste time but make haste to go to Mary for divine assistance.

There are some amazing testimonies from this devotion out there this one by Jackie Francios is pretty awesome.

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Novena Prayer Resources and Handouts

I hope this little article has helped in understanding the devotion and encouraging it. For more information on the devotion, and for accompanying prayers and meditations click here,

I have made a Novena record handout, which can be printed. It has blank space for if you want to add a petition, as well as space to write dates in. If you want to stick to the original with the 3 Original Mysteries (Joyful; Sorrowful; Glorious) click here. If you want to pray all four mysteries (Joyful; Sorrowful; Glorious; Luminous) click here.