Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.
Lepanto, perhaps the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire, on October 7, 1571, is commemorated by the invocation “Help of Christians,” inserted in the Litany of Loretto. At Belgrade the Turks were defeated on the Feast of Our Lady ad Nives in 1716. A second victory gained that year on the Octave of the Assumption determined Pope Clement XI to command the Feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. Leo XIII added the invocation “Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us,” to the Litany of Loretto. The Feast is in reality a great festival of thanksgiving for the countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our Blessed Queen.
In modern times successive popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary. It is a form of contemplative prayer, mental and vocal prayer, which brings down God’s blessing on the Church. It is a biblically inspired prayer which is centered on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming activity.
“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”
~St. Padre Pio
The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and a theologically rich in Biblical content. I beg you to pray it. ~ Pope St. John Paul II
“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”
~ St. Josemaria Escriva
“Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary”
~Pope Pius IX
“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” ~ St. Francis de Sales
“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
~Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” ~ Pope St. Pius IX
“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort
“If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith.” ~ Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret
“The Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort
“If families give Our Lady fifteen minutes a day by reciting the Rosary, I assure them that their homes will become, by God’s grace, peaceful places.” ~ Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton