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Our Lady of The Rosary




October 7

Feast of the Most Holy  Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary


 - - How the Feastday was Established - -

Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics
at the battle of Muret in 1213 which pious legend
has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic,
it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions
rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion
in times of special danger.

More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto
gained by Don John of Austria
over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571
responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome
on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity.

Pope St. Pius V thereupon ordered that
a Commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day,
and at the request of the Dominican Order
Pope Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept
in all churches which possessed an altar
dedicated to the Holy Rosary.

In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Pope Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later
Pope Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks
gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716
at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary
to be celebrated by the universal Church.

Pope Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank
of a double of the second class and has added to the
Litany of Loreto the invocation
"Queen of the Most Holy Rosary".

On this feast, in every church in which the Roman confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein
the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady.

This has been called the "Portiuncula" of the Rosary.






 "When I see certain souls very diligent and attentive in prayer, their heads bowed, evidently afraid to move
even the slightest bit or let their thoughts waver for a moment lest they lose anything of the sensible delight and devotion they have experienced, I realize how little they understand the way to achieve union.

 They think that their whole care must be to concentrate on nothing but this. No! No! God wants deeds.
When you are given something to do for obedience or charity toward your neighbor, do not worry about losing that devotion, that thought and enjoyment of God.

Giving Him pleasure by doing these other things will lead you much faster to that holy union."


- Let us Pray -

My God, because You are so good, I love You with all my heart and for Your sake I love my neighbor as myself.
If I love You, Lord, it is not just because of heaven,
which You have promised;
if I fear to offend You, it is not because hell threatens me.
What draws me to You, O Lord, is Yourself alone;
it is the sight of You nailed to the cross for me,
Your body bruised in the pains of death.
Your love so holds my heart that, if there were no heaven,
I would love You still. If there were no hell,
I would even still fear to offend You.
I do not need Your gifts to make me love You,
for even if I should have no help of hope at all
of all the things I do hope for,
I would still love You with that very same love.



"Go to our Lord just as you are."

"Be natural in your meditation, use up your own stock
of piety and love before resorting to books.

Cherish the inexhaustible book of a humble love.

It is all very well to take a pious book with you
to regain control of yourself in case the mind wanders
or the senses grow drowsy;
but remember that our good Master prefers
the poverty of our heart to the most sublime thoughts and affections borrowed from others.

You can be sure that our Lord wants our heart
and not that of someone else.

He wants the thought and prayer of that heart as the genuine expression of its love for Him.

It may be that we do not want to go to our Lord because we are ashamed of our misery and wretchedness: that is the fruit of subtle self-love, impatience, or cowardice.

Our Lord prefers our helplessness to everything else;
He is pleased with it and blesses it."




"Are you suffering from spiritual dryness?

You can at least give glory to God's grace
without which you can do nothing.

Open your soul toward heaven just as a flower opens its petals at sunrise to receive the refreshing dew.

...If you are stricken with utter powerlessness;
your mind is lost in darkness;
your heart is crushed with the weight of its nothingness;
your body is ailing....

Offer Him the adoration He should expect from one so destitute; forget your poverty and abide in our Lord.
Or again, present your poverty to Him that He may make it rich; that is a masterpiece worthy of His glory."



O august Queen of victories,

O Virgin ruler of Paradise,

at whose powerful name the heavens rejoice

 and hell trembles for fear,

 O glorious Queen of the most Holy Rosary,

 all of us, thy children here humbly kneeling at thy feet,

on this most solemn day of the Feast of thy fresh triumphs on earth over false gods and devils,

pour forth with tears the deepest affection of our hearts,

and with the confidence of sons we show our miseries to thee.


O blessed Rosary of Mary,

sweet chain that binds us to God,

bond of love that makes us one with the Angels,

 tower of salvation amid the attacks of hell,

safe harbor in the universal shipwreck,

we shall never forget thee.

Thou shalt be our consolation

in the hour of death's agony,

thine shall be the last kiss of our ebbing life.

The last whisper of our dying lips shall be thy sweet name,

O Queen of the Rosary , our dearest Mother,

only refuge of sinners,

sovereign comforter of the sorrowful.

Be thou everywhere blessed,

now and forever,

on earth and in heaven. Amen.







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Title image: Our Lady of Pompei, Lady of the Rosary
St Teresa of Avila, from a painting by Rubens
Original Background by M. Meier