Fifteen Saturdays Devotion
Rosary Recital from June 25 to October 1
This is something first introduced a few years ago by Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P. of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut and he is reinstituting each year as well. It is something all Catholics should embrace. We have added a bit below to what he has presented for the faithful to follow:
The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary
NOW is the time;
later is too late - all might be lost by then!
Our country is on the verge of losing its freedom to Socialism, Fascism, yay, Marxism.
Holy Mother Church is being ravaged by Modernism and Ecumenism, and grave confusion in that 95% of Catholics do not realize they belong to the counterfeit church of conciliarism and therefore, it is not the true Catholic Church. This Rosary Crusade is an ideal way to pray that those confused will be given the grace to see, flee the Novus Ordo and return to the true Faith.
We and our families are constantly oppressed and besieged by the errors and evils of Materialism, Hedonism, and perversity of all kinds to the detriment of our spiritual welfare and the salvation of our souls.
NOW is the time to storm Heaven:
for the welfare of our country,
- for the return to the one true Catholic faith;
- for the salvation of souls.
- for our own petitions in harmony with the will of God.
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope, to thee do we cry....
(a most efficacious devotion to obtain any special favor)
The information on this time-honored devotion has been compiled from:
The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary, by Bartolo Longo, Eleventh Edition, 1926,
- The Rosarians Handbook, edited by Dominic Dolan, copyright 1942,
- The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary, by the Dominican Nuns, Rosary Shrine, Summit N.J.,1925.
This devotion consists of:
- Receiving Holy Communion on fifteen consecutive Saturdays or Sundays, if Saturday is not possible (those who have no Mass to attend may make a Spiritual Communion on each Saturday);
In memory of each of the fifteen Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
With the intention of honoring Jesus and Mary through careful and devout remembrance (meditation) of Their most holy lives contained in these Mysteries;
Obtaining, through Our Lady's intercession, some particular grace or favor you may desire.
This devotion may be practiced any time of the year, and it would be well to do so, but in our attempt "to storm the gates of Heaven" we are asking you to join us in the fifteen weeks preceding the great feast of Rosary Sunday, commemorating the great Catholic victory won in the waters off Lepanto when the faithful, reciting the Rosary, obtained from the Blessed Virgin the desired victory. This year Rosary Sunday falls on October 4. We must start on Saturday, June 27 (Sunday, June 28).
If you are prohibited from starting this devotion at this time, please practice it when you are able. The worst thing is to do NOTHING!
Manner of Performing This Devotion
To gain our requests, we should be careful to perform all our actions well for the love of Jesus and Mary. In order that this devotion may be fruitful, all who practice it should try to imitate the virtues of Jesus and Mary by constant and devout meditation on Their most holy lives. Hence, on each Saturday/Sunday it will be necessary to meditate on the appointed Mystery in order to draw from it fruit for our spiritual advancement; it would be well also to sanctify the day by the recital of the whole Rosary [or at the least, the five decades containing the appointed Mystery]. The Rosarians Handbook
By means of Holy Communion Jesus unites Himself intimately to the soul, and it is the most favorable time to ask for favors...ask with lively faith from Jesus, through Our Lady of the Rosary, and you will obtain it. The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary
Mysteries and suggested virtues for meditation and practice from The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary that begins on Saturday, June 25, just two days before the traditional feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help through the First Saturday of the Month of the Holy Rosary on October 1 before Rosary Sunday and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary the following Friday, October 7:
Week 1: June 25 - The Annunciation with the intention of Humility
Week 2: July 2 - The Visitation with the intention of Charity
Week 3: July 9 - The Nativity with the intention of Poverty
Week 4: July 16 - The Presentation with the intention of Purity
Week 5: July 23 - The Finding in the Temple with the intention of Obedience
Week 6: July 30 - The Agony in the Garden with the intention of Resignation to God's Will
Week 7: August 6 - The Scourging at the Pillar with the intention of Patience
Week 8: August 13 - The Crowning with Thorns with the intention of Love of Contempt
Week 9: August 20 - The Carrying of the Cross with the intention of Love of the Cross
Week 10: August 27 - The Crucifixion with the intention of Love of Our Enemies
Week 11: September 3 - The Resurrection with the intention of Faith
Week 12: September 10 - The Ascension with the intention of Hope
Week 13: September 17 - The Descent of the Holy Ghost with the intention of Zeal for the Salvation of Souls
Week 14: September 24 - The Assumption with the intention of Devotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Week 15: October 1 - The Coronation with the intention of Perseverance
Explanation of This Devotion
"Everyone can well value the excellence of this heavenly treasure [The Fifteen Saturdays] from the preciousness of the whole Rosary, the prayer dearest to Mary, the most favored by the Saints, the most decorated by kings, the most privileged by the Pontiffs, the most frequented by people, illustrated by God with the most stupendous miracles, and strengthened by the greatest promises the Blessed Virgin ever made. Add to this the merits and immense graces the soul gains by considering the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ.
"It is true that such meditations themselves are very profitable to purge and enlighten the soul and unite them to God; but who can deny that this consideration, joined to the recitation of the Rosary, is a kind of prayer much more perfect and noble, sweeter, easier, and more profitable to souls?
"But the excellent practice of the Fifteen Saturdays does not only contain what is holiest and most efficacious in the Rosary, viz. the remembrance of the actions and sorrows of Jesus, but, which is more, the frequentation of the Sacraments, especially Holy Communion received in memory of what our Savior did for us, the perseverance in prayers and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. Moreover, it unites to all these things a particular application, in order to please God in our works and to sanctify ourselves during fifteen weeks. Behold the most powerful efficacy of this devotion!
"Our Savior, seeing Himself commemorated, pitied, thanked by us in the consideration of His Mysteries, just as we unite ourselves to Him by Holy Communion… He sees Himself, as it were, almost obliged to request His Eternal Father, and show Him His wounds, His Blood, His merits, which all then become our own by means of Holy Communion." The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. These are the words of Jesus, the Eternal Wisdom. He who does not seek Jesus can never know Him or walk in the straight path which leads to heaven, but will certainly fall in to the darkness of error.
Let us seek Him in the Rosary, keeping before our minds the Mysteries contained in it; let us meditate upon them seriously. This study will enable us to discover therein countless beauties which will incite us to love ever more and more the most sweet Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We shall feel ourselves happily drawn to God, the source of our eternal happiness, and we shall be content even under the weight of the sorrows we meet with whilst here on earth.
If it should happen that, not content with practicing this devotion on Saturdays, some were led to repeat it often, nay, even every day of the week, who can tell the immense advantages their souls would obtain when they had accomplished fifteen entire weeks of pious meditation of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? The Rosarians Handbook
This admirable devotion has obtained for the faithful innumerable blessings and signal favors; according to authentic depositions, the blind have received their sight; the deaf, hearing; the dumb, speech; the paralytic and those afflicted with many other corporal maladies have been healed. By it extraordinary conversions of obdurate sinners have been obtained, passions conquered, and virtues acquired. And now, as in the past, those who perform this devotion with faith and fervor may hope... to receive similar favors and blessings, and to have their most grievous maladies of both body and soul cured. When we desire to obtain any favor from God, we should endeavor to perform this devotion. The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary
This devotion of the fifteen Saturdays/Sundays can be practiced at any time during the year, either with the intention of obtaining some special favors, or as an act of thanksgiving, or from pure devotion, and when ended may be begun again immediately. The Rosarians Handbook
Indulgences (taken from The Raccolta, 1952)
#397 The faithful who resolve to perform a devout exercise in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary for fifteen uninterrupted Saturdays (or these being impeded, for as many respective Sundays immediately following) if they devoutly recite at least a third part of the Rosary or meditate on its mysteries in some other manner may gain: A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, on any of these fifteen Saturdays, or corresponding Sundays.
#395c Those who piously recite a third part of the Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament publicly exposed or even reserved in the tabernacle, as often as they do this, may gain: 1. A plenary indulgence, on the condition of confession and Communion. 2. If, as is the custom during the recitation of the Rosary, the faithful use a chaplet [Rosary], they may gain other indulgences in addition to those enumerated above, if the chaplet is blessed by a religious of the Order of Preachers or another priest having special faculties.