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Ghirelli Rosaries 54-Day Rosary NovenaWhen in dire need, many turn to the consolation of the Rosary, a beautiful meditation on the Mysteries of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It also follows Our Lady’s journey with Jesus and her own Assumption into heaven, followed by her Coronation as Queen of heaven and earth. Others find comfort in praying novenas, those nine-day prayers of petition invoking a particular saint for a specific need. But few invest the commitment into combining both the rosary and a novena in what is known as the 54-day Rosary Novena. 
According to history, a young Italian girl named Fortuna Agrelli became gravely ill in 1883 and continued to decline to the point of almost reaching death. As a result, her family began back-to-back novenas, offered for her recovery. Two weeks later, Our Lady of Pompeii appeared to Fortuna and demonstrated how to pray the 54-day Rosary Novena.
She was holding the Infant Jesus in her lap and holding a rosary in her other hand. On either side of the Blessed Mother was St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena, both themselves devotees of the Rosary. [i] Fortuna was restored to health after pleading with Our Lady for her intercession. At that point, the Blessed Mother imparted the novena prayers to be incorporated into the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Essentially, when one prays the 54-day Rosary Novena, s/he is combining a series of six consecutive nine-day novenas – the first three sets are in petition and the last three sets are in thanksgiving, whether or not a favorable result was achieved.
Unlike the traditional fifteen-decade rosary that includes the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries to be prayed on certain days of the week, the 54-day Rosary Novena alternates among the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries by day. For instance, one begins with the Joyful Mysteries (regardless of the day of the week in which the novena began), followed by the Sorrowful on the second day, and the Glorious on the third day, then returning once again to the Joyful and so on.
There are variations of the novena that state a person can either include the Luminous Mysteries or not. Originally, the Luminous Mysteries were not given by Our Lady to Fortuna. Here is how one begins the 54-day Rosary Novena:
>> Make the Sign of the Cross;
>> Pray 1 Hail Mary;
>> Offer the Novena Prayer: “Hail! Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At your feet I humbly pray and offer you a crown of snow-white roses to remind you of your joys. Each ten bound together, recalling to you a joyful mystery, with my petition for a particular grace;” [ii]
>> You will begin with the prayer for petition. After 27 days conclude, you switch to the prayer of thanksgiving;
>> Move into the typical opening prayers of the Rosary: Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be;
Each Mystery has a specific meditation that includes a place to insert your specific petition before praying the decade of Hail Marys. (See example here.)
The only approved miracle related with the 54-day Rosary Novena was that of Fortuna’s cure. However, many people have modified the novena for specific intentions. Some include prayers for a future spouse and for our nation. Many have written firsthand accounts of favors received.

I stumbled across this powerful prayer providentially a few years ago. My husband had been commuting daily to his job for over a year at that time, and it was a long, tedious, and dangerous route. Because our middle daughter, Sarah, had a growing list of medical specialists that were out of the small, rural town in which we were living, I turned with confidence to Our Lady for help in the matter.

For 54 consecutive days, I diligently and faithfully prayed each opening prayer and novena that corresponded with the Mystery of the day. My petition was for us to sell our home and move to the city in which Ben worked and most of Sarah’s doctors practiced.

Within three months of concluding the rosary novena, we put our house up for sale. It sold the following day – for the listing price – and we were able to secure a new home within our budget from family friends, who hadn’t even listed their home. At the time, it was nearly impossible to purchase a home without placing an offer above listing price; yet we were able to move in to our house within a month of selling our old home.

In my view, this was a minor miracle that I’ve attributed to Our Lady’s intercession. She, no doubt, intercedes for those who turn to her with confidence and faith.

Have you prayed a 54-Day Rosary Novena before? Have you experienced any specific graces or even a miracle? If so, we welcome you to share it our Comment Box below. 


[i] Retrieved from August 9, 2018.

[ii] This is only an example of the opening prayer for the Joyful Mysteries. There are different prayers that correspond with the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.

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Created on Posted by Paeng Comment Link

My wife and I had been having problems with our immigration status. It was impossible for us to stay here and we have four kids. I was jumping from one under the table job after another and my wife is catering food to friends. We did three rounds of 54 day novenas while our immigration status was being processed. We have no lawyer. I was just reading USCIS (US immigration agency) instructions and praying. We were granted work permits and awaiting our hearing next year for our greencards.

Created on Posted by Bebe Arambulo(my Pen Name) Comment Link

I was diagnose of multimyoloma Cancer of the Bones, I didnot know I was on stage 4, until I fell down in our bathroom, and my left leg was protruding when I fell. It was then that I knew of this illness. It happened on May 16, 2016. I had 4 surgeries. 3 was done in Long Island, my two arms and 1 was done in Staten Island, NY. I have been always, praying when I was 5 years old. My aunt Irene taught me how to pray the holy rosary, and I always go to church, and offer flowers during the month of May, which is the month of our Lady. I never. Forget doing devotions to Divine Lord of Mercy doing the Chalet devotion to our Lord, Savoor Jesus Christ. I also have a devotion to our Holy Infant Jesus of Prague,the Sacred Heart of Jesus, & the 54day miraculous holy rosary novenas. Before I had the surgery I prayed to Jesus to help me, and I heard his voice in my heart telling me: do not worry my child you will be fine and you will come out of this place ok and fine about your surgery. Pray always. Today, my cancer of the bones was in remission. I met people in the hospital, and when I have my warfarin appointment, and I go see my doctor who told me that I have to continue taking the dexamethesone to maintain my illness. My remission started in 2017. I missed going to church, because iused to be a Eucharistic Minister in our church, giving out body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ., I also was a Lector in our church at the Homily. I know that he will eventually heal my wounds and restor my health 100%. I AM A ROMAN CATHOLIC, and I did so many devotional novenas to some of the Saints.To all of you as long as there is life, dont lose hope, do not forget to pray always because if you have faith and it is unwavering, you trust and are devoted to Him, you believe that anything you pray to him, thru his father our God it will be granted and we will get it. Pray all the Scriptures of divine healing and health, if there is a christian who believes in healing use the oil to put on your body where your pains hurt, offer it on his altar and your worries will no longer yours but Him and He willl do anything to heal and cure as long as you have faith in Him. Dont forget to always Praise Him and repent your sins, forgive all who have sinned against you and asked forgiveness for your sins against Him and worship Him. I love our Lord Jesus,Savior our Redeemer and our Supernatural God in heaven & on Earth. I pray for our President, for our country, USA and I have almost all statutes of my devotions to venerate them in our home. Please pray for our country, America and for our president to be re elected at the primary and in the 2020 election.

Created on Posted by Monica Comment Link

A few years ago I prayed the 54 day rosary novena for a situation with a friend. I had a friendship end very badly. My friend refused to make peace with me. I didn’t want to renew the friendship because she had betrayed me, but I desired that we come to a place of peace while going our separate ways. So I along with my husband and mom made a 54 day rosary novena that my friend would make peace with me. On day 54, a Sunday, as I was entering church, my friend, who was standing near the door, smiled at me, hugged me and asked how I was doing. It was as though nothing had ever happened. We sat down and told all about what had happened in our lives over the last several years. We are not friends, which suits both of us, but at least there is no longer animosity between us.

Created on Posted by Jose Declet Comment Link

My apologies if I sound inept, but I am terminally confused and wonder if a diagram exists similar to that of the Rosary.

Created on Posted by THeresz Comment Link

I have prayed this novena for over twenty years and can attest to many,many miracles! I used to make rosaries,over 25,000 for missions but my fingers are injured from making them do I gave all my beads to a friend. I can still pray the rosary so I do. Thank you,Mary for do many favors.

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