July 30, 2016

The 54 Days Rosary Novena to Our Lady of Pompeii


The “three Novenas of Pompeii” consist of praying the Novena of Petition three times, that is for 27 days, and immediately after, the Novena of Thanksgiving three times, that is for another 27 days, whether or not the request has been granted. This is a 54 days novena, accompanied by the recitation of the 20 decades of the Rosary each day. How to Pray the Rosary? (Click Here)

ORIGIN OF THE NOVENA OF PETITION
to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii
to beseech graces in the most desperate cases

Having been struck down, in July of 1879, with typhoid fever, Bartolo Longo composed the “Novena of Petition” to ask for graces in the most desperate cases. Every day he went before the Picture of the Virgin of the Rosary to be inspired and make some amendments. But one day, owing to a serious worsening of his illness, he thought that the only remedy was to bring the Picture of the Virgin from the Chapel to his bedroom. Turning to Saint Catherine of Siena to intercede in his favor with Our Lady, he suddenly recovered. Since then, the Heavenly Mother has been granting graces to anyone who prays to Her with the Novena written by Her faithful devotee. Many other miraculous recoveries took place all over the world thanks to the recitation of this Novena. Most of those cases were approved by the Diocesan Bishops with regular Canonical Processes, and published in the magazine “Il Rosario e la Nuova Pompei”. In 1894, in Arpino (Frosinone), Saint Catherine of Siena, represented at the feet of the Virgin in the Pompeian Icon, appeared to a dying young girl and invited her to recite the Novena and pray it together with her. At the end of the prayer, the young girl was completely cured. The Novena of Petition, approved by Pope Leo XIII on November 29, 1887, was translated in several foreign languages. 

NOVENA OF PETITION

Put the miraculous image of the Virgin of Pompeii on display and, if possible, light two candles as a symbol of the faith which burns in your heart. Then take the rosary beads in your hands. Before beginning the Novena, pray to St. Catherine of Siena that she may graciously deign to join you in prayer. 

O Saint Catherine of Siena, my Protectress and Teacher, who from Heaven assists your devotees when they recite the Rosary of Mary, come to my aid in this moment and deign to recite with me the Novena to the Queen of the Rosary, who has established the throne of Her graces in the Valley of Pompeii, that through your intercession, I may obtain the grace I desire. Amen.

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father

I. – O Immaculate Virgin and Queen of the Holy Rosary, in these times of dead faith and triumphant impiety You wished to establish your throne as Queen and Mother in the ancient land of Pompeii, the resting place of dead pagans. From that place, in which idols and demons were worshipped, You today, as the Mother of divine grace, shower everywhere the treasures of the heavenly mercies. Now then, from the throne on which You graciously reign, turn also on me your benign eyes, and have mercy on me who am so greatly in need of your help. Show Yourself also to me, just like You have shown yourself to so many others, as the true Mother of mercy: while I, with all my heart, salute You and invoke You as my Sovereign and Queen of the Holy Rosary.
Hail, Holy Queen



II. – Prostrate at the foot of your throne, O great and glorious Lady, my soul venerates You amidst the groans and worries which afflict it beyond measure. In this state of anguish and affliction in which I find myself, I confidently raise my eyes to You, who have deigned to choose the land of poor and abandoned peasants as your dwelling-place. And there, before the city and the amphitheatre where silence and ruin reign, You, as the Queen of Victories, raised your powerful voice to call from every part of Italy and the Catholic world your devoted children to build a Temple to you. Now then, take pity on this soul of mine that lies disheartened in the mud. Have mercy on me, O Lady, have mercy on me who am overwhelmingly full of miseries and humiliations. You, who are the Extermination of demons, defend me from these enemies who besiege me. You, who are the Help of Christians, deliver me from these tribulations that wretchedly oppress me. You, who are our Life, triumph over death that threatens my soul in these dangers to which it is exposed; give me again peace, serenity, love and health. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen

III. – Knowing that so many have been helped by You, solely because they turned to You with faith, gives me new strength and courage to invoke You in my needs. You once promised St. Dominic that those who wish to receive graces, through your Rosary could obtain them. And I, with your Rosary in my hands, dare to remind you, O Mother, of your holy promises. Indeed, You yourself still perform miracles in our times to call your children to honour You in the Temple of Pompeii. You, therefore, long to wipe our tears away and relieve our worries! Then I, with my heart on my lips and with burning faith, call upon You and invoke You: My Mother!... Dear Mother!... Beautiful Mother!... Most Sweet Mother, help me! Mother and Queen of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii, delay no longer in stretching your powerful hand out to me to save me: for the delay, as you see, would lead me to ruin.
Hail, Holy Queen



IV. – And to whom else might I turn, if not to You, who are the Solace of the wretchedthe Comfort of the forsakenthe Consolation of the afflicted? I confess it to You, my soul is miserable: weighed down by enormous faults, deserving to burn in hell, unworthy of receiving graces! But are You not the Hope of those who despair, the Mother of Jesus, the only Mediator between God and humanity, our powerful Advocate before the throne of the Almighty, the Refuge of sinners? Now then, if You only say a word on my behalf to your Son, He will hear You. Therefore, ask Him, O Mother, for this grace which I greatly need (Here express the grace you desire). You alone can obtain it for me: You who are my only hope, my consolation, my sweetness, my whole life. So I hope. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen

V. – O Virgin and Queen of the Holy Rosary, You who are the Daughter of the Heavenly Father, the Mother of the Divine Son, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit; You who can obtain everything from the Blessed Trinity: You must beseech on my behalf this grace so necessary for me, provided that it is not an obstacle to my eternal salvation (Here repeat the grace you desire). I ask it of You through your Immaculate Conception, through your divine Maternity, through your joys, through your sorrows and your triumphs. I ask it of You through the Heart of your loving Jesus, through those nine months when You carried Him in your womb, through His sufferings, through His bitter passion, through His death on the cross, through His most holy Name, through His most precious Blood. Finally, I ask it of You through your own sweetest Heart: in your glorious Name, O Mary, who are the Star of the sea, the Powerful Lady, the Sea of sorrow, the Gate of Heaven and the Mother of all graces. In You I trust, in You I hope for everything; You must save me. Amen. 
Hail, Holy Queen

Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us
,
That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

PRAYER - O God, whose only Begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of everlasting life; grant, we beseech You, that we, who meditate upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

TO ST. DOMINIC AND TO ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
TO OBTAIN THE GRACES
FROM THE BLESSED VIRGIN OF POMPEII


O holy priest of God and glorious Patriarch Saint Dominic, you who were the friend, the beloved son and the confidant of our heavenly Queen, and who worked many miracles through the power of the Holy Rosary; and you, Saint Catherine of Siena, the first daughter of this Order of the Rosary and a powerful mediatrix before the throne of Mary and the Heart of Jesus, with whom you exchanged hearts: You, my dear holy Saints, look on my needs and take pity on the state I find myself in. You had, on earth, the heart open to all miseries of men, and the powerful hand to meet their needs. Now, in Heaven, neither your charity nor your power have lessened. Pray, then, on my behalf, to the Mother of the Rosary and to Her Divine Son, for I have great faith that through you I could obtain the grace I ardently desire. Amen.
Three Glory be to the Father

ORIGIN OF THE NOVENA OF THANKSGIVING
to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii

In 1884, Our Lady of Pompeii appeared in Naples to Commendatore Agrelli’s young daughter, Fortunatina, who was very ill, and told her: “Whenever you wish to obtain graces from me, pray three Novenas of Petition and recite at the same time the fifteen decades of my Rosary and immediately after, pray three Novenas of Thanksgiving”. Little Fortunatina did exactly according to the indications of the Virgin and was miraculously cured. Since then, many people have experienced the reality of the revelation and have obtained numberless graces through this Novena, all published in the magazine “Il Rosario e la Nuova Pompeii”. So, several pious people began asking Advocate Longo to write also a prayer to thank the Virgin, according to Her very desire, to be said immediately after the Novena of Petition. The Novena of Thanksgiving was translated in several foreign languages. 

NOVENA OF THANKSGIVING

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father

I. – Here I am at your feet, O Immaculate Mother of Jesus, who delights in being invoked as Queen of the Rosary in the Valley of Pompeii. Rejoicing in my heart, my soul overwhelmed by the most ardent gratitude, I return to You, my generous Benefactress, my sweet Lady, the Queen of my heart, to You who have truly shown Yourself as my Mother, the Mother who so dearly loves me. In my grieving You heard me, in my afflictions You comforted me, in my anguish You gave me peace. Sorrows and pains of death were besieging my heart, and You, O Mother, from your throne of Pompeii, with your compassionate gaze relieved me. Who has ever turned to You with confidence and has not been heard? If the whole world only knew how good You are, how compassionate with those who suffer, all creatures would turn to you. Be blessed forever, O Virgin Sovereign of Pompeii, by me and by everyone, by men and by the Angels, from Heaven and from the earth. Amen.
Glory be to the FatherHail, Holy Queen

II.  Thanks I give to God and thanks to You, O divine Mother, for the new favours that, through your compassion and mercy, have been granted to me. What would have become of me, had you ignored my groans and my tears? May the Angels of Paradise and the choirs of Apostles, Martyrs, Virgins and Confessors give thanks to You on my behalf. May the souls of so many sinners saved by You, who now enjoy in Heaven the vision of your immortal beauty, thank You on my behalf. I wish all creatures to join me in loving You, and the whole world to repeat the echo of my thanks. What will I render back to You, O Queen, rich in mercy and magnificence? The rest of my life I dedicate to You, and to propagate your cult everywhere, O Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, through whose invocation the grace of the Lord has visited me. I will promote the devotion of your Rosary; I will tell everyone about the mercy You have obtained for me; I will always proclaim how good You have been towards me, so that unworthy people, like me, and sinners may also turn to You with confidence. 
Glory be to the Father. Hail, Holy Queen

III. – By what names shall I call You, O pure Dove of peace? Under what titles shall I invoke You, whom the holy Doctors called Queen of creation, Gate of life, Temple of God, Palace of light, Glory of the Heavens, Saint among the Saints, Miracle of miracles, Paradise of the Almighty? You are the Treasurer of graces, the Omnipotent pleader, indeed, the very Mercy of God descending upon the distressed. Yet I know how sweet it is to your Heart to be invoked as Queen of the Rosary in the Valley of Pompeii. And invoking You in that way, I feel the sweetness of your mystical Name, O Rose of Paradise, transplanted in the Valley of tears to soften the worries of us, the banished children of Eve; red Rose of charity, more fragrant than all perfumes of Lebanon, who in your Valley, by the fragrance of your heavenly gentleness, draws the hearts of sinners to the Heart of God. You are the Rose of everlasting freshness who, nourished by the streams of heavenly waters, planted your roots in the soil scorched by a rain of fire; Rose of unblemished beauty, who in the land of desolation planted the Garden of the Lord's delights. May God be exalted, who made your name so wondrous. Bless, O nations, the Name of the Virgin of Pompeii, for all the earth is full of Her mercy.
Glory be to the Father. Hail, Holy Queen

IV. – Amidst the storms overwhelming me, I raised my eyes to You, new Star of hope who appeared in our times over the Valley of ruins. From the depths of my bitterness, I cried aloud to you, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, and I experienced the power of this title so dear to You. Hail, I will always cry, hail, O Mother of mercy, immense sea of grace, ocean of kindness and compassion! Who will worthily sing the glories of your Rosary, the victories of your Crown? To the world that is freeing itself from the arms of Jesus to throw itself into those of Satan, You give salvation in that Valley where Satan devoured souls. You walked, triumphant, over the ruins of the Pagan temples, and upon the decay of idolatry You placed the footstool of your dominion. You transformed a place of death into a Valley of resurrection and life, and upon the land dominated by your enemy, You established the Citadel of refuge, where You welcome all peoples to save them. Behold, your children scattered throughout the world, raised there a throne to You, as a witness to your miracles, as a trophy of your mercies. From that throne, You called me also among the children of your predilection: upon me, a sinner, your merciful gaze rested. Blessed be your works eternally, my Lady; and blessed be all the miracles worked by You in this Valley of desolation and extermination.
Glory be to the Father. Hail, Holy Queen

V. – May every tongue resound with your glory, O Lady, and the evening pass on to the following day the harmony of our blessings. May every generation proclaim You blessed, and blessed are You, repeat all the lands of the earth and the heavenly choirs. I, too, will call you three times blessed with the Angels, the Archangels and the Principalities; three times blessed with the angelic Powers, the Virtues of the heavens and the celestial Dominations. Most Blessed I will proclaim You with the Thrones, the Cherubims and the Seraphims. O my Sovereign Rescuer, never stop turning your merciful gaze on this family, on this nation, on the entire Church. Especially, do not deny me the greatest of the graces: that my weakness will never cause me to be separated from You. In this faith and love burning in my soul at this very moment, let me persevere until my last breath. And to all of us, who contribute to the honour of your Shrine in Pompeii, and to the growth of its charitable works, grant that we be included in the number of the elect. O Holy Rosary of my Mother, I press you tight to my heart and kiss you with veneration (Here kiss your rosary beads). You are the means to obtain every virtue, the treasure of merits for paradise, the pledge of my predestination, the strong chain binding the enemy, the source of peace for those who honour you in life, the promise of victory for those who kiss you at the moment of death. In that last hour, I await you, O Mother. Your apparition will be the sign of my salvation; your Rosary will open for me the gates of Heaven. Amen.
Glory be to the Father. Hail, Holy Queen

Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us
,
That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

PRAYER - O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught us to turn to You with confidence and call You: Our Father in heaven; O gracious Lord, ever merciful and forgiving, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, hear us who rejoice in being called children of the Rosary. Accept our humble thanks for the gifts received, and render the Throne you raised to Her in the Shrine of Pompeii every day more glorious and everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.