Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (OL of Victory)

Today is the feast of our Lady of the Rosary,. This is the anniversary of the naval battle of Lepanto in Greece in which a combined Christian fleet defeated the Ottoman navy, eliminating them as a naval power in the Mediterranean.

For a good overview, go to this link to read about the battle and its significance:


Because the victory was deemed the result of the intercession of the Mother of God, through the holy rosary, Pope Pius V declared it to be the feast of our Lady of Victory. Gregory XIII changed the name to the feast of the Holy Rosary.

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