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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Our Lady of the Rosary - Our Lady of Victory - October 7

Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7

October is the month of the Holy Rosary, and today is a very special Feast. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, originally named Our Lady of Victory, after the rosary was attributed to the great naval victory at Lepanto over the Turks on October 7, 1571.

It seems by our current state of affairs, not much has changed over the last 400 plus years. Neither has the value of praying the rosary changed since the days of Lepanto, as Our Lady of the Rosary continues to bring victory and defeat over evil today. 

“7 October 1571 was a Sunday. Mass that day was celebrated throughout the fleet with particular solemnity, since all were well aware that the testing time of battle might be close…Crucifix in hand, Don John proceeded in a fregata along one wing, to rectify order in the line of battle and hearten the men.... As the ships of the Holy League laboured onwards, their oars dipping and lifting, the Turks could see priests like dark-robed insects, scurrying across decks, crucifix in hand, often scrambling high into the rigging, the better to exhort that crowd of armed men waiting on deck....All at once, the wind that morning turned right around…. While Ali’s ships visibly lost momentum, all along Don John’s battle line, lanteen sails were being shaken out along spars. They filled as if from a mighty and confident breath. As they heard or half heard the chaplains’ insistent voices, there were few in the League fleet who doubted that God had intervened.” (Excerpted from Jack Beeching, The Galleys at Lapanto)

Years in the making, in 1571, the time was right for the Turks “to bring all Europe within the dar al-Islam, the House of Submission” – submissive to the sharia law.” (Excerpted from H. W. Croker III, Lepanto, 1571: The Battle That Saved Europe) But after just five hours, the “Christian victory was far more complete than anyone had dreamed. The victory seemed to many quite miraculous, and victory was immediately attributed to Our Lady Queen of the Rosary — soon to be called by a new title, Our Lady Queen of Victory.” (Excerpted from Michael Novak, Remembering Lepanto!)

Our Lady of The Rosary
Apostleship of Prayer

For items related to the Holy Rosary please see
Madonna of the Rosary by Lorenzo Lotto – (Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary are depicted above the Madonna as Our Lady presents the rosary to Saint Dominic)

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