The Secret of the Rosary - Thirty-fourth Rose

Thirty-fourth Rose - Simon de Montfort, Alan de l'Anvallay and Othère

IT IS ALMOST impossible to do real credit to the victories
that Count Simon de Montfort won against the Albigensians
under the patronage of Our Lady of the Rosary. These
victories are so famous that the world has never seen
anything to match them. One day he defeated ten thousand
heretics with a force of five hundred men and on another
occasion he overcame three thousand with only thirty men.
Finally, with eight hundred horsemen and one thousand
infantrymen he completely put to rout the army of the King
of Aragon which was a hundred thousand strong, and this
with the loss on his side of only one horseman and eight
Our Lady also protected Alan de Lanvallay, a Breton Knight,
from great perils. He too was fighting for the Faith against
the Albigensians. One day when he found himself
surrounded by enemies on all sides Our Lady let fall one
hundred and fifty rocks upon his enemies and he was
delivered from their hands. Another day w.hen his ship
foundered and was about to sink, the Blessed Mother caused
one hundred and fifty small hills to appear miraculously
above the water and by means of them they reached Brittany
in safety.
He built a monastery at Dinan for the religious of St.
Dominic, in thanksgiving to Our Lady for all the miracles
that she had worked on his behalf in answer to his daily
Rosary. Having become a religious himself he died a holy
death at Orleans.
Othère was also a Breton soldier, from Vaucouleurs, and he
often put whole companies of heretics or robbers to flight
unaided, wearing his Rosary on his arm or carrying it on the
hilt of his sword. Once when he had beaten them his
enemies admitted that they had seen his sword gleam and
that another time they had noticed a shield on his arm which
had pictures of Our Lord and Our Lady and the Saints upon
it. This shield made him invisible and gave him the strength
to attack well.
Another time he defeated twenty thousand heretics with
only ten companies and without losing a single man. This so
impressed the general of the heretics' army that he came to
see Othère afterwards, abjured his heresy and declared
publicly that he had seen him surrounded by flaming
swords during the battle.

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

To purchase a hard copy of this defining work by St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, please visit

CANADA - Sunrise Marian HERE

USA - Montfort Publications HERE 

Read the not-for-profit public domain PDF version HERE

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