Re: The Miraculous 54-Day Rosary Novena


Whoever desires to obtain favors from Me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving.”
— Promise of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Advent 2011

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

We hope you will like the enclosed new reprint of our 54-Day Rosary Novena prayer card. The supply of the last printing the apostolate had was exhausted some time ago.

A brief history of the 54-Day Novena and how to pray it is on the back of the card. Our apostolate Pray the Rosary booklet also has the origin of this novena, how to pray it, plus a sample chart of how to track it.

Some persons may be skeptical in thinking this is some new made up devotion. I can assure you it is not.

On March 3, 1884, a young girl named Fortuna Agrelli was graced with an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary and given this special devotion which she passed onto others.

At the time, young Fortuna was ill with 3 separate incurable diseases and her doctors had given up on her case saying it was hopeless. In desperation, the young girl and her family began a novena of Rosaries.

Our Lady appeared to the girl, sitting upon a high throne, surrounded by luminous figures, holding the Divine Child on Her lap, and in Her hand a Rosary.

The sick girl greeted the Blessed Virgin with the following 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, “you have invoked Me by various titles and have always obtained favors from Me. Now, since you have called Me by that title so pleasing to Me, ‘Queen of the Most Holy Rosary’, I can no longer refuse the favor you petition; for this name is most precious and dear to Me. Make three novenas, and you shall obtain all.”

Once more, the Queen of the Holy Rosary appeared to the young girl and said, “Whoever desires to obtain favors from Me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving.”

Obeying Our Lady’s instructions, the young girl was healed and restored to perfect health.

54-Day Rosary Novena

Traditionally a novena is nine days. Thus, Our Lady’s words to young Fortuna — “make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary in petition, and three novenas in thanksgiving.”

The novena consists of five decades of the Rosary (one set of mysteries) each day for twenty-seven days in petition; then immediately five decades each day for an additional twenty-seven days in thanksgiving, regardless of whether or not the request has been granted yet.

So began six novenas of Rosaries — which became known as the 54-day Rosary Novena.

To do the novena properly — one must pray the Rosary for 54 consecutive days, without missing a day, and must pray the particular Mystery indicated for that day following the correct sequence.

That is, the first day of the novena always begins with the Joyful Mysteries (regardless of what day of the week the novena is started); the second day, the Sorrowful Mysteries are prayed; and the third day of the novena, the Glorious Mysteries are prayed.

The fourth day of the novena begins again with the Joyful Mysteries and continues on in that sequence throughout the 54 days of the novena. (See the enclosed chart as a guide to making a 54-day Novena.)

People have asked over time about the Luminous Mysteries — this novena was given by Our Lady as noted above in 1884 and only allows for the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.

The Miraculous Rosary Novena

It has been reported that the miracle of young Fortuna’s cure upon praying the 54-day Rosary Novena, made a deep impression on Pope Leo XIII. He wrote 17 encyclicals on the Rosary and urged all Christians to love the Rosary and pray it fervently.

On the back of the enclosed prayer card which was recently reprinted, the 54-day Rosary Novena is referred to as the Miraculous Novena. It is so called because of Fortuna’s miraculous cure and no doubt other miracles that have been reported from those who have prayed this novena.

Our Lady of Fatima asked us to
pray the Rosary every day.

Remember Sister Lucy said that in these last times in which we live, Our Lady “has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world,... that cannot be solved by the Rosary.”

Recalling Sister Lucy’s words, and the promise that Our Lady gave to young Fortuna for praying the 54-day Rosary Novena, how can we not be moved to pray this novena to request the salvation of our own souls, the souls of our children and loved ones, as well as for the Consecration of Russia and peace in the world?

The novena may not have to be in addition to your daily Rosary (although that would be wonderful if you are able to do so). It can be your daily Rosary. That is, assuming that you are already praying 5 decades of the Rosary daily, make it in the format of a 54-day Rosary Novena.

Write down your intentions, the date the Rosary begins, and begin the first day with the Joyful Mysteries, following the pattern as mentioned previously in this letter.

Because of my own experience with the outcome of praying this novena, there is seldom a time now, when I am not praying at least one 54-day Rosary Novena. If you have not prayed a 54-day Rosary Novena, I strongly encourage you to do so.

If you pray this novena for something that you do not see immediate results with, have no doubt that your prayers have been heard.

If you have children, grandchildren, relatives, or friends who have abandoned the Catholic Faith (or have not yet converted to the Catholic Faith), have no doubt that if you pray this novena with devotion and trust in Our Lady, your prayers will not be in vain.

If possible, please help make this devotion known. We are offering extra copies of the enclosed prayer card to help you do this.

For more copies of the enclosed prayer card, please call us at 1-800-845-3047.

May you, your family and loved ones have a blessed and holy Christmas Season.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords
Volunteer Department

P.S. We are also offering copies of the Pray the Rosary booklet which dedicates two pages of the booklet to the 54-Day Novena, including its origin and history, how to pray it, and also contains a sample chart to track it. This booklet is available in English, Spanish and French.