Q: Can you tell me anything about the origin of the fifteen Promises of Mary?
A: The fifteen promises Promises [see below] are quite well-known and have been widely publicized. They are part of an age-old Dominican tradition. They were allegedly given by Our Lady to Saint Dominic and/or Alan of Roche, the latter one of the founders/initiators of the Rosary as we know it today. Alas, the exact source seems to elude us. It would be of greater probability, it seems, that Alan rather than Dominic is the author. However, I did not find the exact reference ... if it exists at all. My hypothesis is that Alan in his sermons on the rosary may have mentioned some of these promises, and that tradition complemented them without giving a particular author. For more specific information you might want to consult the following:
Quodlibet de veritate fraternitatis Rosarii seu Psalterii beatae Mariae Virginis, by Michael Francis (Cologne, 1479)
Magister Alanus de Rupe ... Sponsus novellus beatissimae Virginis, Doctor Sacrae Theologiae devotissimus ordinis fratrum praedicatorum, de immense et ineffabili dignitate psalterii precelsae ac intermeratae Virginis Mariae, published 1498 by Carthusians in Stockholm.
Beatus Alanus, redivivus, de Psalterio seu Rosario Christi et Mariae, tractatus in quinque partes distributus, published first by A. Coppenstein, Freiburg 1610 and following.
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY
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