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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

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Venerated: Roman Catholic Church

Major Shrine: Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Basilica of Notre-Dame-des-Victories, Paris

Feast Day: October 8

Attributes: Blessed Virgin Mary
Infant Jesus
Crown
Rosary

Patronages: Rosary
Roman Catholic Diocese of Malaga
Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rosario
Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Fe
Roman Catholic Diocese of San Nicolas de los Arroyos
Roman Catholic Diocese of Santos
Roman Catholic Diocese of Melilla
Roman Catholic Diocese of Trujillo
Roman Catholic Diocese of of Caceres
Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbia
Roman Catholic Diocese of Manizales
Roman Catholic Diocese of Puyo
Roman Catholic Diocese of Pastaza
Roman Catholic Diocese of North Carolina
Roman Catholic Diocese of Bohol
Roman Catholic Diocese of Guatemala
Roman Catholic Diocese of Surigao del Norte
Roman Catholic Diocese of Manila
Roman Catholic Diocese of Quezon City
Roman Catholic Diocese of West Virginia
Roman Catholic Diocese of Sesena
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ontigola
Roman Catholic Diocese of Olias del Rey
Roman Catholic Diocese ofMontearagon
Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Roman Catholic Diocese of Lagartera
 Roman Catholic Diocese ofHuerta de Valdecarabanos
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brenes
Roman Catholic Diocese of Palma Cuata, Zacatecas
Roman Catholic Diocese of Lima, Peru

On October 7, the first Sunday of October in the year 1571, Don Juan of Austria gained his famous naval victor over the Turks at Lepanto.  In thanksgiving for this event, which he attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, through the recitation of the Holy Rosary, Saint Pius V instituted an annual feast under the title of Our Lady of Victory.  His immediate successor, Gregory XIII, changed the title to that of the Rosary, and granted its Office to all churches in which there was an altar dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

In 1716, the army of Emperor Charles VI, under Prince Eugene, gained a remarkable victory over the Turks near Belgrade, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows, at a time when the members of the Society of the Holy Rosary were offering solemn prayers in Rome.  Soon after, the Turks were forced to raise the siege of Corcyra.  Clement XI, in memory of this, extended the feast of the Most Holy Rosary to the Universal Church.  Benedict XIV caused an account of all this to be inserted into the Roman Breviary, and Leo XIII raised the feast to the rank of a feast of the second class.  He also added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation, "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us."  In 1961, the title of this feast became "Our Lady of the Rosary."

According to a venerable tradition, the devotion of the Holy Rosary was revealed to Saint Dominic by the Blessed Virgin.

Prayer: God, fill us with Your grace.  We know the Incarnation of Your Son by the message of an Angel.  Through the intercession of Mary may we obtain the glory of resurrection through Christ's Passion and Cross.   Amen.

 


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