When Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the rosary daily, it was the traditional fifteen decade rosary she was calling for, not the abbreviated five decade version.

Here is an excerpt from a great article from Tradition in Action about three reasons for praying the fifteen decade traditional rosary:

“The first reason is that when the Virgin Mary asked us at Fatima to pray the Rosary every day, she was not asking for five decades. She was asking for fifteen. When Our Lady says “Pray the Rosary,” she is speaking of what has been termed her Psalter, a word referring to the Book of Psalms, which contains one hundred and fifty Psalms of David. From the time of St. Dominic, “Mary’s Psalter” was the 150 Hail Marys. In 1569 St. Pope Pius V, himself a Dominican, issued an apostolic letter establishing the fifteen-decades as the official Church-authorized Rosary….

“This exhortation to pray the entire Rosary does not pretend to say that persons who pray only a third part of the Rosary – the Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries – are doing something wrong or that their prayer is without merit. It is very good to pray a third of the Rosary, and one should continue this pious practice even if the entire Rosary cannot be prayed. Also, I don’t want to discourage those who only pray one decade a day. They should continue. My words should be considered a stimulus to reach a most perfect form of prayer – the entire Rosary – and until a person can achieve this goal, he should do whatever he can. Our Lady will be pleased with his efforts to obey her request, and if he asks, will give him the grace to do more.”

Retrieved June 15, 2017 from http://www.traditioninaction.org/religious/d013rp15Decades_Stretenovic.html

This article in the National Catholic Register reminds us of the call to pray the rosary daily from the Holy Queen Mother.

“Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.”

“One hundred years ago at a field in Fatima, Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke those words to three shepherd children. One thousand miles away, in the bloodstained fields of France, Europe’s proud empires counted hundreds of thousands of their youth killed and wounded in another battle vainly promised as the way to end the “war to end all wars.”

“The great guns of World War I have fallen silent, but these words of Our Lady of the Rosary have endured. In this centenary year of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, as nations continue to teeter toward war and strife, Catholics have been making a stronger effort to spread the devotion of the Rosary as a powerful way for men and women to draw close to Jesus Christ and convert the world.”

Retrieved May 24, 2017 from http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-rosary-the-peace-plan-from-heaven

The model for praying the fifteen decade rosary comes to us from Saint Louis de Montfort, described by Wikipedia:

“Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI.

“As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of praying the Rosary.

“Montfort is considered as one of the early writers in the field of Mariology. His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained in The Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary.

“The Roman Catholic Church, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII canonized Montfort on July 20, 1947. A “founders statue” created by Giacomo Parisini is located in an upper niche of the south nave of Saint Peter’s Basilica.”

Retrieved May 24, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_de_Montfort

Directions for praying the fifteen decade rosary as Saint Montfort taught us can be found at http://www.philomena.org/rosarydemontford.asp .

I have found praying the fifteen decade rosary much more satisfying than the five decade I prayed when I first became Catholic and did not even know about the fifteen decade traditional version; and I pray you will also.

Here is one place to obtain one, http://www.sistersofcarmel.com/custom-15-decade-rosaries/