Monday 1 October 2018

# Feast # Miracle

October: Month of the Holy Rosary

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The founder of the Order of Preachers, Saint Dominic de Guzman, is said to have an apparition of Our Lady, who gave him the Holy Rosary to help him battle heresy and lead souls back to the Catholic faith.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on the 7th of October. It was instituted after the Christians were victorious over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto, October 7th, 1571, though the Catholic forces were greatly outnumbered. Pope Saint Pius V, who was also known as the “Pope of the Rosary” attributed their victory to the intercession of Our Lady due to the Papal campaign across Europe, for the faithful to pray the rosary on the day of the battle, asking Our Lady for the triumph of the church. In thanksgiving of this miracle, the feast was instituted. It was originally known as “Our Lady of Victory” but the feast was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary in honour of the spiritual weapon used to help win the battle against the invasion.

Image: Our Lady of Victory, Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary