Friday, October 7, 2011

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

 This feast was instituted by the great Dominican pope, St. Pius V, on the anniversary of the naval victory by the Christian fleet under command of Don Juan of Austria over the Turks at Lepanto.  The victory was attributed to the help of Our Lady whose aid was invoked through the prayer of the rosary.  The battle itself has been immortalized in the classic poem Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton.   

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia Entry
Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton (A YouTube Poetry Reading)

Ave Maria, Gratia Plena!

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