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Our Lady of the Rosary
October 8, 2017 | b
Four hundred and forty six years ago, the ships of the Christian European “Holy League” faced off against the naval forces of the Islamic Ottoman Empire at the battle of Lepanto. If the Holy League lost, the Turks would have dominion over the Mediterranean, and they would sail onwards in their conquest of Europe. The future of Christianity in the western world was at risk. Thus, Pope Pius V asked Christians throughout Europe to pray the Rosary for a Christian victory. The ships of the Christian fleet bore a banner honoring Mary, and one of the admirals carried with him an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The battle lasted for five hours, and when it was over, the Holy League’s fleet had won a decisive victory. In honor of the occasion, Pope Pius V instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory, which is now called Our Lady of the Rosary, and we celebrate it today, on the anniversary of the battle. It is because of this celebration that October is considered the “month of the Rosary”.