Our Lady of the Rosary
The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary.
“In praying to Mary, we are praying to Christ. To the question, ‘why honor Mary?’ Pope Paul VI told us that Mary was to be honored and imitated because in her own life she fully accepted the will of God and did it. Mary placed her whole self at the service of God.
The story of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is an interesting one. Pope Pius V was having trouble with the Ottoman Turks, who were a real danger to Christianity. After months of disagreements and bickering, he was able to unite Spain, Venice, and the States of the Church in a naval expedition to fight them. The day of the battle at Lepanto, 1571, the Rosary Confraternity of Rome was meeting at the Dominican headquarters. They knew the Christians needed a victory badly. The group recited the rosary for the special intention of the Christians at battle. The Turks were defeated. People believed it was the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin that won the victory. Pope Pius V dedicated the day as one of thanksgiving to Our Lady of Victory! It was Pope Gregory XIII who changed the name to the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary”
Additional Suggestion to celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary:
Have each member of the family choose one of the mysteries to learn more about.
Did you know that there are four sets of mysteries of the Rosary…? Twenty mysteries in total.
Children could draw a picture of their mystery; teens might simply read about it.
Have each member of the family take time to explain what they learned about their mystery.
Resources adapted from: Saints and Feast Days by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio