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Hello to my fellow rosary fans! I am praying a 54 day rosary novena running from November 1, 2016 through December 24, 2016 (the Christmas timing on this is so superb, yes?!).
The logistics go like this: for 54 days we pray a full five decade rosary for a specific intention(s). The 54 days (doing a little public math here) represent six novenas (which, of course, consist of nine days each). For the first half of this time period, 27 days, we pray in petition for the intention of the novena. The subsequent 27 days we pray in thanksgiving for God's will regarding the result of the novena, even if that hasn't been made clear to us yet. So, it is really a "power novena" of a considerable length of time. :)
If you're praying along with me (and I know at least a few of you are, yay!) we are starting on November 1st. So, our petition period is through November 27th. Then, our prayers of thanksgiving will go through the last day of the novena, which is December 24th
According to several articles I've read on this devotion (like this one), regardless of what day you start, you pray the mysteries of the rosary in a very specific order. If you were to do that, you would begin with the Joyful Mysteries on the first day, which aren't the traditional mysteries unless it's Monday or Saturday, but you would begin in this fashion regardless. If you want to really be "by the book" :) you can do it that way. I know myself, which is to say I know that I will not remember what mystery I'm supposed to pray each day using such a system, I will lose track. I like the good old fashioned traditional system, which is:
Monday: Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday: Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesday: Glorious Mysteries
Thursday: Luminous Mysteries
Friday: Sorrowful Mysteries
Saturday: Joyful Mysteries
Sunday: Glorious Mysteries
If you'd like me to pray for your intentions, just leave me a comment! You're welcome to specify things, if you feel comfortable doing that, or you can just say that you need prayers for a private intention.