This Novena will begin on November 1st, Feast of All Saints, and will end on December 24th the Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord.
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Madonna and Christ Child with Angel Freeing the Souls of Purgatory
by Lodovico Carracci; 1610; Pinacoteca, Vatican;
"As we enter Heaven we will see them so many of
them coming towards us and thanking us. We will
ask who they are, and they will say a poor soul
you prayed for in Purgatory."
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
"When we recite Our Lady's Rosary for a soul in
Purgatory, that soul feels that the fires all about
it are dimished and it experiences a heavenly relief."
Saint Hannibal Mary di Francia (1851-1927)
"From the deepest recesses I invoke you, Lord.
Lord, hear my voice. May Your ears be attentive
to the clamor of my prayer.
If You keep count of our inequities, Lord,
who will be able to subsist? Yet pardon is found in You,
so that You may be feared. My soul waits on the Lord,
and I have trust in His Word. My soul waits for the Lord
more than the sentinel waits for the aurora. Wait Israel for the
Lord, because in Him is found mercy and redemption in
abundance: He will redeem Israel from all its sins.
"Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least
you my friends, because the Hand of the Lord
hasth touched me."
Background of the 54 Day Novena
The 54-day Rosary Novena is an uninterrupted series of
Rosaries in honor of Our Lady, revealed to the incurably sick
Fortuna Agrelli by Our Lady of Pompeii at Naples in 1884.
For thirteen months Fortuna Agrelli 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 favoured 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
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.
Blessed Virgin said: "Child, thou has invoked me by various
titles and hast always obtained favours from me. Now, since
thou hast called me by that title so pleasing to me, 'Queen of
the Holy Rosary,' I can no longer refuse the favour 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 favours from me should make three novenas
of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving."
November 1 through December 24 - 54 Day Rosary Novena to Release the Blessed Souls in Purgatory
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