Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7, 2021
“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
~ Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
Blessed Alan de la Roche was a Dominican friar who preached the Rosary until his death in 1475. This tremendous apostolate by Blessed Alan de la Roche, through the direct intercession of Our Lady, made the Rosary a widespread devotion.
“To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.”
~ Pope St. John Paul II
The Holy Rosary. What a gift. The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. From its very humble beginnings as a gift from Mary to St. Dominic in 1206 to Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter, entitled Rosarium Virgins Mariae, introducing the “luminous mysteries”, the Rosary is one of the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation. Though seen as a meditative prayer, the saying of the Rosary is “composed of two parts, distinct and inseparable – the meditation on the mysteries and the recitation of the prayers. It is thus a kind of prayer that requires not only some raising of the soul to God, but also a particular and explicit attention” (Pope Leo XIII). The praying of the Rosary, with the comfort of one’s favorite rosary in hand, is not mechanical or superficial, it will bring peace and reconciliation. Within the Rosary is the healing power of Jesus at the center of each “Hail Mary”.
Pope Paul VI calls upon us to avoid the risk of the Rosary “becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas…By its nature, the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping 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. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed”.
October 7 is the Feast of the Our Lady of the Rosary (formerly known as Our Lady of Victory and the Feast of the Holy Rosary), the anniversary of the victory over the Ottoman navy by the Holy League of 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto. This battle was the first significant victory for a Christian naval force over a Turkish fleet in the Mediterranean.
- Image: The Virgin Mary With Angels holding Infant Jesus surrounded by Angels with Incense – by William Adolphe Bouguereau