Post by Hildegard on Oct 6, 2019 17:21:14 GMT
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary
(written by Tammy Perez from OLVS)
(written by Tammy Perez from OLVS)
There are many wonderful feasts during this month, such as for the Guardian Angels (Oct. 2), St. Thérèse of
Lisieux (Oct. 3), St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4), Our Lady of the Rosary (Oct. 7), the Maternity of Mary (Oct. 11), St.
Teresa of Avila (Oct. 15), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Oct. 17), and Christ the King (Oct. 27).
However, October is also a particularly important month here at Our Lady of Victory School. Our Lady of
Victory, whom we celebrate on October 7, is the patroness of our school and our families and students! This feast day
would be a wonderful time for families to recall the battle of Lepanto and the wonderful protection Our Lady always
offers her children.
In 1883 Pope Leo XIII dedicated the month of October to the Holy Rosary. We highly recommend you read his short
encyclical on devotion to the Rosary: click here to read it www.papalencyclicals.net/leo13/l13supre.htm! Pope Leo recalls the marvelous victory at the Battle of
Lepanto that occurred on October 7, 1571:
The power of this devotion was wondrously exhibited in the 16th century, when the vast forces of the Turks
threatened to impose on nearly the whole of Europe the yoke of superstition and barbarism. At that time
St. Pius V, after rousing all the Christian princes, strove with the greatest zeal to obtain for Christendom the
favor of the most powerful Mother of God.Thus Christ's faithful warriors, prepared to sacrifice
their life and blood for the salvation of their faith and their country, proceeded undauntedly to meet their
foe, while those who were unable to take part piously called on Mary and saluted her again and again in the
words of the Rosary, imploring her to grant the victory to their companions engaged in battle. Our Sovereign
Lady did grant her aid, for in the naval battle by the Echinades Islands, the Christian fleet gained a
magnificent victory, with no great loss to itself, in which the enemy were routed with great slaughter.
And it was to preserve the memory of this great boon that the same Most Holy Pontiff desired that a
feast in honor of Our Lady of Victory should celebrate the anniversary of so memorable a struggle, the feast
which Gregory XIII later dedicated under the title of “The Holy Rosary.”
In 1957 Sister Lúcia of Fátima gave us these consoling words on the power of the Holy Rosary:
There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each
one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples
and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that
we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify
ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.
So with this great confidence in Our Lady and her Holy Rosary, we pray the Collect from the Feast of Our
Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Victory, which we say at the end of all of our Rosaries:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, hath purchased for us the rewards of
eternal life: grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Jesus
Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever
and ever. Amen.