Need motivation to pray the Rosary? Here are the “15 Promises” recorded by Alanus de Rupe

Fred de Noyelle | GoDong

The promises were reportedly revealed to St. Dominic by the Virgin Mary.

Plenty of saints and popes have affirmed that the Rosary is a powerful devotion that can transform our lives, but we still might need an extra nudge to get in the habit of praying it every day. The “15 Promises of the Rosary” has been that “nudge” for many people over the past few centuries.

Reportedly recorded by Dominican priest Alanus de Rupe in the 15th century, the promises are said to have been revealed to St. Dominic by the Virgin Mary. The story was very popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries and continues to be a source of inspiration for many people.

The content of the promises focuses on the spiritual fruit that can be obtained by devoutly praying the Rosary. In general, most of the promises are consistent with other private revelations of the Virgin Mary and are designed to motivate an individual to pray the Rosary on a regular basis.

Whether or not these promises were revealed to St. Dominic is highly disputed and historians are not sure if Alanus de Rupe even wrote these down.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “Alanus published nothing during his lifetime, but immediately after his death the brethren of his province were commanded to collect his writings for publication. These were edited at different times and have occasioned much controversy among scholars. His relations of the visions and sermons of St. Dominic, supposed to have been revealed to Alanus, are not to be regarded as historical.”

Nevertheless, many continue to find inspiration in these promises and keep them nearby to encourage them in the devout recitation of the Rosary.

To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.


Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive some signal grace.


The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy.


The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies; it will substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world, and will lift them to the desire of heavenly and eternal things. How many souls shall sanctify themselves by this means!


Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary, shall not perish.


Those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, meditating on its mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed by misfortune. The sinner shall be converted; the just shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.


Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.


Those who recite my Rosary shall find during their life and at their death the light of God, the fullness of His graces, and shall share in the merits of the blessed.


I shall deliver very promptly from purgatory the souls devoted to my Rosary.


The true children of my Rosary shall enjoy great glory in heaven.


What you ask through my Rosary, you shall obtain.


Those who propagate my Rosary shall be aided by me in all their necessities.


I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the Rosary Confraternity shall have for their brethren the saints of heaven during their life and at the hour of death.


Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are all my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.


Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

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