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
More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto
Pope St. Pius V thereupon ordered that
In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Pope Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later
Pope Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank
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
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
They think that their whole care must be to concentrate on nothing but this. No! No! God wants deeds.
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.
"Go to our Lord just as you are."
"Be natural in your meditation, use up your own stock
Cherish the inexhaustible book of a humble love.
It is all very well to take a pious book with you
You can be sure that our Lord wants our heart
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;
"Are you suffering from spiritual dryness?
You can at least give glory to God's grace
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;
Offer Him the adoration He should expect from one so destitute; forget your poverty and abide in our Lord.
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