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GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (Church Militant.com) - Church Militant urges you to join us in praying the Holy League's 54-day Rosary novena, culminating in a Rosary rally on the coast of Lake St. Clair, Michigan.
"We are at war," declares Rosary Coast to Coast. Inspired by Poland's Rosary to the Border, they want Americans to engage in the "spiritual warfare" to overturn the secular leftist ideas that have permeated American culture and turned America into "the new Babylon."
Rosary Coast to Coast is urging people to participate in the nationwide Rosary rally along American coasts and borders, in churches, in front of state capitols or as families. A national Rosary rally will be live-streamed in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Toward that end, Church Militant staff will gather on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 on the shores of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where we will pray the final Rosary of the 54-day novena. We are inviting others to join us.
This is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Holy League and Rosary Coast to Coast. Volunteers have signed up to lead over 400 locations along the U.S. border and at locations throughout the country.
In July, Cdl. Raymond Burke, the former head of the Vatican's highest court, joined several other bishops and endorsed the nationwide Rosary rally. In a video message, he asked for God's blessing for "this holy endeavor," saying, "The calamities in our times merit all these prayers."
"But we are full of courage because we know that our Lord is with us. He's called us to be His soldiers on the ground, working with Him for the salvation of the world," Cdl. Burke said.
Bree Dail, the national coordinator for Rosary Coast to Coast, told Church Militant, "I see this as the beginning of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
The Novena for our Nation begins on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. It is a 54-day Rosary novena consisting of three Rosary novenas in petition and three Rosary novenas in thanksgiving — to be offered whether or not the prayer was perceived to have been answered.
The story of the 54-day Rosary novena dates back to 1884. A young girl named Fortuna Agrelli was gravely ill with three incurable diseases. Her doctors had given up on treating her, and her family, in desperation, started a novena of Rosaries.
On March 3, 1884, Our Lady of Pompeii appeared to Agrelli, seated upon a high throne and holding the Divine Child on her lap. She is holding a Rosary in her hand and Ss. Dominic and Catherine of Siena are with her.
Agrelli said to her, "Queen of the Holy Rosary, be gracious to me, restore me to health! I have already prayed to Thee in a novena, O Mary, but have not yet experienced Thy aid. I am so anxious to be cured!"
Our Blessed Mother replied, "Child, you have invoked Me by various titles and have always obtained favors from Me. Now, since you have called Me by that title so pleasing to Me, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, I can no longer refuse the favor you petition; for this name is most precious and dear to Me. Make three novenas and you shall obtain all."
Our Blessed Mother appeared to Agrelli another time and told her, "Whoever desires to obtain favors from Me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving."
Agrelli obeyed the Blessed Virgin's instructions and was restored to perfect health.
Pope Leo XIII, upon hearing of the miraculous cure, urged Christians to pray the Rosary fervently. During his pontificate, he wrote 17 encyclicals on the Rosary.
Others are calling for a Fatima Dimension of Daily Sacrifice to be added to the novena. This consists of praying the Fatima Sacrifice prayer given to the three shepherd children in 1917 and accepting and bearing with submission all the suffering the Lord sends to you.
Those who are able to are urged to fast on all Wednesdays and Fridays during the novena.
To pray the 54-day Rosary novena, start the first day with the Joyful Mysteries, the next day with the Sorrowful Mysteries and the third day with the Glorious Mysteries. Church Militant has created a chart that can be printed out.
The Luminous Mysteries are not included as the novena was given by Our Lady in 1884, and at the time, only the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries were allowed.
Cardinal Burke's message to Catholics was, "Please be as generous as you possibly can in praying for the needs of our nation, and of our world and of the Church, as she is called by Our Lord to be his mystical body — to be his bulwark for the truth and love of God in our world."
For more information about Church Militant's Rosary location, click here.