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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

My dear encountered couples:

The memorial of our Lady of the Holy Rosary was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto, October 7, 1571. The victory was attributed to the intercession of the holy Mother of God whose aid was invoked through praying the Rosary.

The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so deeply associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God. It is believed that God has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of grave danger.

The original title of this memorial was “Our Lady of Victory” but it was changed to the present title to give the devotion and the prayers a wider scope and appeal.

Still we are assured that when we stand by God, we need have no fear because God will always be victorious. And if God is for us, then who and what can be against us. For nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.

The month of October is dedicated to the praying of the Holy Rosary. Despite its repetitive form, the Rosary invites us to join our Blessed Mother to look at Jesus and to pour out our love for Him. We can also be assured that like Mary, we too will be filled with grace and that God will work marvels for us and through us.

The rosary is one of my favorite prayers. It’s my favorite because it brings me such calm. I feel such an incredible sense of protection when I make time to pray the rosary. I’ve prayed it frequently as it is a prayer of peace, protection, and healing. The world needs peace and healing now more than ever. Let us always remember that with God, nothing is impossible.

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