Saturday, October 07, 2006Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
"Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church and peace. 'It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound.' The rosary, a 'contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of sacred Scripture,' is 'the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary,' said the Pontiff." ~from CatholicCulture.org
"...Pope Saint Pius V called upon Catholics worldwide to pray the Rosary for the success of the combined Christian forces against the infidel Turks in the Battle of Lepanto. As important as the Battle of Lepanto was, however, there is a far more important battle which each one of us fights every day: the battle against the forces of the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Our Lady is as indispensable in our battle against those forces..." from ChristorChaos.com
The Church today celebrates Our Lady of the Rosary. -This feast was "instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570..." (Catholic Culture.org)
To celebrate this feast, Catholic Culture.org suggests making a cake in the shape of a ship to honor the victory in the battle of Lepanto, and to make rosaries. For more information and ideas, go to their site, which I've linked to up top and just now.
Happy Feast Day!