The Month of the Rosary Will Soon End

October is the month of the rosary.   October 7th was the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Our Lady of the Rosary

This day was introduced by Pope Saint Pius V in 1571 to commemorate the miraculous victory at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.  [See The Mary Page at the University of Dayton’s web site.]

This battle ended with “a great victory over the Turkish fleet […] by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria.  It was the last battle at sea between ‘oared’ ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers.”

The Battle of Lepanto in 1571

“Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, Pope Saint Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working through Our Lady.  At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance:  ‘The Christian fleet is victorious!’ and shed tears of thanksgiving to God.” [See complete text regarding the battle at EWTN.]

If you haven’t prayed the rosary during this month of the rosary, pick one up today, retreat to a secluded area, and pray.

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 15:08  Leave a Comment  

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