I would like to start a 54 day Rosary novena to Our Lady as well as undertake a 54 day water fast. This Novena will be for all my petitions and as penance for all my sins. Through this Novena I will post each day my feelings and thoughts and how I get on with this six novenas of Rosaries accompanied by the water fast. Since the Novena is 54 days long I will start on Thursday 22nd October 2020 and end Monday 14th December 2020.
Day 1 Prayer
Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys, each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee, thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favour I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!
Joyful mysteries and after each decade : I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Hail Holy Queen …
Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …
Water Fast Log Day 1/54
Not feeling too hungry since I binge ate enough food for 2 days. However, I know soon I will start getting hungry. I drank 3 litres of lemon infused water. So feeling significantly full. Coping mechanisms against hunger include exercise, studying my topics and in general short meditations and prayers when I get overwhelmed. Still cooking and preparing meals for those who need it.
Using rice water and sheet masks for smoother and glowing skin. Also steaming my face to get rid of impurities. I like to sit and look out of my balcony at night due to the Autumn breeze and the lovely view of a particular tree and moon. I meditate whilst sitting on everything God has gave me and try to understand how He helped me overcome so many difficulties . I also use this time to create a mind map to see what I have left to achieve and what I have so far achieved. Additional prayers I include : St. Anthony’s Novena , Kreupasanam, Power of the Name of Jesus book, 30 minute Bible reading and the Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows.
I am used to water fasting for long periods of time. If this is your first time aim to skip a meal or so and slowly progress. If you feel unwell during any part of the fast, please eat food! The app that I use to keep check is ” Fasting Tracker”