54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 5

Day 5

What is a novena? The word novena comes from the Latin word “novem,” meaning “nine.” It is a devotion of prayer for nine consecutive days to obtain special graces or favors from God, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or one of the saints. There is nothing magical about the number nine. While an octave, or eight days is a time of celebration following an important feast, nine is a number that represents “suffering and grief.” Many novenas are not only practiced throughout the Church, but have the approval of Church authorities. Although there was no devotion related to nine days among the Jews, one might claim that the Apostles and disciples of the early Church made the first novena as they prayed in the Upper Room following Our Lord’s Ascension until the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

The 54 Day Rosary Novena is quite unique. It is actually divided into two parts. The first 27 days are prayed in “petition,” and the second 27 days in “thanksgiving.” But look closely at the 54 days. it is made up of 9 consecutive novenas. The first three make up the first 27 days and the second three make up the second 27. So we are offering Our Lady many roses our of love for her and in true that in her love will shower us with God’s graces in return.

Quotes:

“The whole lives of the Saints have been one of meditation and prayer. All the graces by means of which they have become Saints were received by them in answer to their prayers.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer.” – St. Augustine

“A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer.” – St. Faustina

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

In petition (first 27 days): 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 10 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 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!

Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

The Agony in the Garden – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: 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 at the Pillar – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: 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 – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: 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 – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crucifixion – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemies and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion 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 (specify request). Hail Mary …

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