When Pope Pius V implemented the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1573, he was celebrating the victory at Lepanto over the Turkish military. The victory by Christians was credited to the Virgin Mary after the faithful of Lepanto prayed the rosary.
The rosary developed as a Catholic devotion over hundreds of years. Today, we pray the rosary to remember key moments - and key teachings - in the life of Jesus Christ. We pray to Mary to intercede on our behalf, to give thanks, and to spread the love of Jesus around the world. Mary, as Jesus' human mother, participated in his work to bring salvation to all humans. And we revere her as a role model of wisdom, strength, courage, patience, and love for all women.
Let us pray:
"O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen."
October 7, 2021
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