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Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7)

 
This Feast was established by St Pius V to commemorate the victory of the Christian naval fleet, commanded by Don Juan of Austria, against the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571.  Don Juan attributed the great victory to the intercession of the Blessed Mother, which was invoked by the praying of the Rosary. The Rosary was revealed to St. Dominic by the Blessed Mother about the beginning of the thirteenth century, and is one of the most beautiful of all devotions.

 
The Rosary, a summary of the Christian Faith, has always enabled Christians to approach Jesus with Mary who "kept all these things in mind, treasuring them in her heart." As one recent pope has said, "The recitation of the Rosary helps the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord's life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord."  (Pope Paul VI)

 

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