As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption many Americans will begin praying a 54 day Rosary Novena:
THE 54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA
The "54-day Rosary Novena" consists of five decades of the Rosary each day for twenty-seven days in petition, then immediately five decades each day for twenty-seven days in thanksgiving, (regardless of whether the petition appears to have been answered or not--God always answers prayer....but not always the way we expect).
● 27 days in petition from August 15 through September 10, 2015
● 27 days in thanksgiving from September 11 through October 7, 2015
“For Family and Marriage" (including for Peace, Sanctity of Human Life & Religious Freedom). A Message of Hope in response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops call to prayer.
As St. Catherine de Ricci (a Dominican!) tells us: "When we desire to obtain a favor from Almighty God, we must go on asking for it until we get it; because He has determined the number of times we are to ask for it; and He will not grant our petition till that number is complete." The 54-Day Rosary Novena is great for something you have the patience to continue to ask for.
Now you may ask, “Where did it come from?”
The 54 day Rosary Novena was 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 favored 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 Rosary. They were accompanied by St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena. The Blessed Virgin said: "Child, thou has invoked me by various titles and hast always obtained favors 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 favor 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 favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving." Obedient to Our Lady's invitation, Fortuna and her family completed the six novenas whereupon the young girl was restored to perfect health and her family showered with many blessings.
More information can be found about it here.