OUR LADY of the ROSARY
Feast: October 7
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor
Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on
October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed
the Rosary for victory. The Rosary, or the Psalter of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the best prayers to Mary, the
Mother of God.
Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the rosary
for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church
and peace. "It is as if every year Our Lady invited us
to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound."
The rosary, a "contemplative and Christocentric prayer,
inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture,"
is "the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage
of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary,"
said the Pontiff.
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 signal and 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.
Things to Do:
Pray the rosary, or 5 decades of the rosary tonight with
your family. Continue this practice through October, the month
that is especially dedicated to the Rosary.
Read the encyclicals on the rosary, and the latest apostolic
Learn the Luminous Mysteries. For families with younger children,
it helps to have visual aids for the mysteries. Have a picture
to flip at the beginning of each decade for the family rosary.
See the Activities Bar for ideas.
Learn how to make rosaries, cord and/or wire for missions.
Learn about the great victory of Our Lady at the Battle of
Lepanto. You can also read more about Pope St. Pius V, who
instituted the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Read Cardinal Angelo Sodano's homily at the Shrine of Our
Lady of the Rosary.
"The Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God."
Read the Directory on Popular Piety and Liturgy on the rosary,
particularly encouraging the practices of:
1. [T]he recitation of the Rosary could be made more solemn
in tone "by introducing those Scriptural passages corresponding
with the various mysteries, some parts could be sung, roles
could be distributed, and by solemnly opening and closing
2. The custom of making an insertion in the recitation of
the Hail Mary, which is an ancient one that has not completely
disappeared, has often been recommended by the Pastors of
the Church since it encourages meditation and the concurrence
of mind and lips.
Insertions of this nature would appear particularly suitable
for the repetitive and meditative character of the Rosary.
It takes the form of a relative clause following the name
of Jesus and refers to the mystery being contemplated. The
meditation of the Rosary can be helped by the choice of a
short clause of a Scriptural and Liturgical nature, fixed
for every decade.
Foods for this feast: Since the origin of this feast came
from the Christian fleet defeating the Turks at the Battle
of Lepanto in 1570 through the intercession of Mary through
the rosary, why not make a cake in the shape of a ship? See
the top bar for a cut-out cake, or make moderations to this
Ship Cake. Read more about the Battle of Lepanto for ideas.
St. Pius V was a very holy Dominican, who wore his scratchy
habit underneath his papal robes, and walked around Rome barefoot.
He ate just to sustain himself, and fasted frequently. We
should use his example and remember to fast and pray the rosary
for the conversion of Islam.
Our Lady of the Rosary (also Our Lady of the
Holy Rosary or Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary) is a title
of the Blessed Virgin Mary in relation to the rosary.
In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted "Our Lady of Victory"
as an annual feast to commemorate the victory in the Battle
of Lepanto.The victory was attributed to the Blessed Virgin
Mary, as a rosary procession had been offered on that day
in St. Peter's Square in Rome for the success of the mission
of the Holy League to hold back Muslim forces from overrunning
Western Europe. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title
of this feast-day to "Feast of the Holy Rosary".
This feast was extended by Pope Clement XII to the whole of
the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic calendar
of saints in 1716, and assigning it to the first Sunday in
October. Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913,
as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy
of the Sundays.
Prior to the Battle of Lepanto, in thanks for the victory
of the Battle of Muret, Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester
built the first shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Victory.
Our Lady of the Rosary is the patron saint of several places
around the world and María del Rosario is a common
female Spanish name (colloquially abbreviated to Rosario or
Charo). Rosario can also be used as a male first name, particularly
Feast Day Novena Prayer
On the 7th of October we celebrate the Feast of the Holy
Rosary. This feast was instituted in honour of the victory
over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which was
won because of the many rosaries prayed to our Blessed Mother.
Pope Leo XIII added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation
'Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us' and in 1961 the
title of this feast became Our Lady of the Rosary.
We could make a Rosary Novena in preparation for this feast.
Every rosary we pray is a rose in the basket of our Beloved
Mother that she offers to Our Father in heaven, interceding
for our spiritual and temporal welfare. I'm sorry for sending
this out late, firstly due to server problems, and then a
touch of the flu. We could make it a 7 day novena instead.
Our Beloved Mother would surely understand.
Say this prayer along with the Rosary for nine days.
My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer
at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in
accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my
tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against
your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I
earnestly request in my Rosary Novena: (Mention your request).
I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you
will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother,
that you want me to seek God's holy Will concerning my request.
If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive
that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.
I offer you this spiritual "Bouquet of Roses" because
I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers
before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God
and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant
my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, in these times of such brazen
impiety, manifest thy power with the signs of thine ancient
victories, and from thy throne, whence thou dost dispense
pardon and graces, mercifully regard the Church of thy Son,
His Vicar on earth, and every order of clergy and laity, who
are sore oppressed in the mighty conflict. Do thou, who art
the powerful vanquisher of all heresies, hasten the hour of
mercy, even though the hour of God's justice is every day
provoked by the countless sins of men. For me who am the least
of men, kneeling before thee in supplication, do thou obtain
the grace I need to live righteously upon earth and to reign
among the just in heaven, the while in company with all faithful
Christians throughout the world, I salute thee and acclaim
thee as Queen of the most holy Rosary.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
(Indulgence: 500 days, per Leo XIII, July 3, 1886)
Indulgences for Praying the Rosary
A plenary indulgence is granted for reciting 5 decades of
the rosary in a Catholic Church or in a family group, religious
community, or pious association. (A partial indulgence is
granted to other circumstances.) The 5 decades must be recited
continuously. The vocal recitation must be accompanied by
pious meditation on the mysteries. In public recitation, the
mysteries must be announed in the manner customary in the
place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the
vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.
"Say the Rosary every day...
Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners...
I'm Our Lady of the Rosary.
Only I will be able to help you.
...In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph."
Our Lady at Fatima
The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". Our Lady
has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail
Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete
Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of
flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and
it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is
considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome
story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate
the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and
Mary. It's a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It's
a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God.
With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady
always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore
it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always
receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks
for. In every apparition, the heavenly Mother has invited
us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to
bring us to true peace. With your prayer made together with
Your heavenly Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing
about a change of hearts and conversion. Each day, through
prayer you can drive away from yourselves and from your homeland
many dangers and many evils.
It can seem a repetitive prayer but instead it is like two
sweethearts who many times say one another the words: "I
The Blessed Holy Father John Paul II on October 16th, 2002
with the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae on the
Most Holy Rosary has added 5 new mysteries of the Rosary:
The Mysteries of the Light.
The whole Rosary is composed of twenty decades. Each decade
is recited in honor of a mystery in Our Lord's Life and that
of his Blessed Mother.
It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating
on one set of mysteries.
The decades may be separated, if the entire chaplet is completed
on the same day.
Each Mystery may be meditate "bead by bead" for
every Hail Mary of the decade.
of the Rosary JOYFUL on Monday and Saturday.
LIGHT on Thursday
SORROWFUL on Tuesday and Friday.
GLORIOUS on Wednesday and Sunday.
How to pray the Rosary
1 While holding the crucifix make the Sign
of the Cross. and then recite the Apostles Creed.
2 Recite the Our Father on the first large
3 Recite a Hail Mary for an increase of faith,
hope and charity on each of the three small beads.
4 Recite the Glory Be to the Father on the
next large bead.
5 Recite the Fatima Prayer "O my Jesus"
on the large bead.
6 Recall the first Rosary Mystery and recite the Our
Father on the large bead.
7 On each of the adjacent ten small beads (also refered to
as a decade) recite a Hail Mary while reflecting
on the mystery.
8 On the next large bead, recite the Glory Be to the
Father, the Fatima prayer.
9 Each succeeding decade is prayed in a similar manner by
recalling the appropriate mystery, reciting the Our
Father, ten Hail Marys while reflecting on the mystery,
the Glory Be to the Father, and the Fatima prayer.
10 When the fifth mystery is completed, the Rosary is Customarily
concluded with the Hail Holy Queen, and the Sign of
The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the
Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
The Apostles' Creed: I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus
Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy
Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.
On the third day He arose again; He ascended into heaven,and
sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from
thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe
in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion
of saints, the forgivness of sins, the resurrection of the
body, and life everlasting. Amen
The Our Father: Our Father, who art in
heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be
done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: but
deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace;
the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed
is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen
Glory Be to the Father: Glory be to the
Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.
The Fatima Prayer: "O my Jesus, forgive
us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy".
(Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)
The Hail, Holy Queen: Hail, holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To
thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do
we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley,
of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of
mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet
Devotion to the Seven Sorrow
Text on Front
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls
who honor her daily by meditating on her tears and dolors
(sorrows). This devotion was passed on by St. Bridget.
Text on Back
HERE ARE THE SEVEN GRACES:
I will grant peace to their families.
They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
I will console them in their pains and I will accompany
them in their work.
I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does
not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification
of their souls.
I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal
enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they
will see the face of their Mother.
I have obtained (This Grace) from my divine Son, that those
who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be
taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness
since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will
be their eternal consolation and joy.
THE SEVEN SORROWS:
The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13,14)
The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)
The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.
The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
The burial of Jesus.
(Say one Hail Mary while meditating on each Sorrow)
The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with
thee: blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen