Monday, April 13, 2015

Join us for a 54-day Rosary Novena?

Hi ladies! Sarah and I discussed last week via a Skype date about the fact that I have never finished a 54-day rosary novena before. So then we the agreed to pray one of them together -- so as to be accountability partners, and wanted to extend the invitation to all of you lovely ladies as well!

We'll be starting on April 20th, so as to end on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, on June 12th. For the first 3 novenas, or 27 days, we'll be praying in petition for our intention (April 20th -- May 16th), and then the following 27 days are prayed in thanksgiving, regardless of whether or not you've seen any fruit from your petition (May 17th -- June 12th).

Our intention for this novena is for our vocations.


Feel free to join in if you wish, and please leave a comment or otherwise contact us so we can pray for you during the 54-day novena! We can also utilize the CYW Facebook page for encouragement and other prayer intentions as we go through the novena - so check back there for updates!

22 comments:

  1. I would like to join! I've never finished one before also. Would you please pray for me?
    Thank you so much!
    Elisa.

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  2. I would like to join too! This is the first time I've heard of a 54-day rosary novena. Please pray for me!
    Elizabeth

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  3. Thanks ladies! We'll be praying for you!

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  4. Just yesterday I was thinking that it might be time to start another one. I will definitely join in!

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  5. I will definitely be joining in! Such a lovely idea. <3

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  6. Count me in! This is a great idea!
    Cathy

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  7. I've always tried to do this by myself, but I found it so difficult. Pretty pumped to know I won't be doing it alone. This actually could not have come at a more perfect time! I'm discerning religious life, so please pray for me! Thank you, and I'll be praying for you all as well!

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  8. I've never done a 54-day rosary novena (though I've wanted to before)... So I will join in! :)

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  9. Oh goodie!! It's been awhile since I've done a 54 day novena...and I've kind of slacked in saying the rosary lately anyway. This will be great!!! :) count me in!!!

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  10. I've never done a 54 day novena- count me in!

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  11. I actually just finished one on Divine Mercy Sunday that I started on Ash Wednesday I may not join in but I'll pray for you ladies

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  12. I think this is a great idea. I've always wanted to do a 54 day rosary novena and I pray the rosary everyday anyway so I might as well pray for a specific intention.
    Angela

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  13. Count me in! I was just thinking about starting a novena for my vocation too!

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  14. Well the timing of this made me cry in Starbucks :) The man I thought I'd marry is getting married...May 16! So ending the first half on that day is pretty darn perfect. Please pray for me!

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  15. My sisters and I have decided to join in, cuz this is a great idea! We are going to pray for couples who haven't been able to have children, as well as those who have lost children via abortion/birth control. Thanks for sending this out!!

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  16. Yes yes, I would so much love to do this! I have never heard of it before but it sounds just like something i need. I'm in!

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  17. Count me in! Looking forward to praying it with each of you!

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  18. I'd love to join! Praying for my vocation and for a friend to find hers.
    -Jacki

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  19. You all are amazing! I'm so blessed to hear all my sisters in Christ joining in to pray with us! I will be praying for your intentions as well throughout this novena. <3

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  20. http://theveilofchastity.com/2013/10/07/lists-of-posts-by-category/

    I first heard of the 54-day rosary novena on the above blog -- I highly recommend it for Catholic young women!

    Some of my story of the 54-day is here - http://theveilofchastity.com/?s=maggie

    I'm sharing my story in the hopes that it will encourage you ladies to pray the novena, or simply begin praying for your future spouse! Here it is:

    About a year and a half ago I began my first 54-day rosary novena for the intention of my future spouse or future religious order (I wasn't positive which vocation God wanted for me). I had been discerning religious life for 5 years, but the novitiate for the community of sisters I loved was temporarily closed for a few years, preventing me from entering. During those few years of waiting for them to re-open, I began to feel more and more strongly drawn to marriage, and didn't know what to do! So I began the 54-day.

    The first day began, the 54th ended. Nothing seemed to happen. Life continued as usual. However, a few months later on the feast of Corpus Christi, I met a young man. This is going to sound crazy, but I had a peaceful yet startling intuition when I first heard him speak that he was the man God intended for me. The night we met he asked me out. A few days later I went on my first date in 5 years (as I refrained from dating while I was discerning religious life). The very next day I found out the sisters' novitiate had re-opened! So pretty immediately I was on a plane to make a retreat with them. During my retreat, God granted me (through prayer and under the guidance of a spiritual director) a deep sense of peace and reassurance that I had found my vocation in the man I had met.

    Amazed but at peace, I returned home. On our second date, we found out that we had both prayed the 54-day rosary novena for the intention of either our future spouse or religious order. He was discerning as well, that's why he had the same dual intention for his 54-day. In fact, he was a postulant in Carmel when he began the novena, because during postulancy he began to feel deeply drawn to the vocation of marriage, and didn't know what to do.

    So here we were sitting there on our second date talking about it. He asked me when I started my 54-day. I said "November 16, 2013." His expression completely changed - he was shocked! It turns out we prayed the same novena for the same intention on the exact same dates, while I was across the country from him months before we met! We also found out that November 16th is the feast day of Margaret of Scotland, patroness of parents of large families (we'll see..?) :)

    When his mother found out he was seeing someone, she began a 54-day (unbeknownst to us). We found out later that on her petition-granting 27th day, he first told me he loved me. And, on her 54th day, we got engaged! She was thrilled!!

    We're getting married very soon. I've heard of the 54-day being part of other couples' stories (google "Jackie & Bobby 54 day"). So many times I was tempted to give up on my vocation...it felt like I would never happen for me. I hope you ladies find encouragement in my story and trust God radically! He is a good and loving Father, and He has something better than you can imagine in store for your life.

    Prayers as you begin your novena!

    In Christ,
    Amy

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