The Virgin of the Rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Queen of the Holy Rosary

October is the month traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary and Tuesday, October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius V after the decisive victory of the Christian fleet against Ottoman invaders at the Naval Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Pope Pius credited the victory to a European Rosary crusade seeking Mary’s intercession. Thus her title of “Our Lady of Victory”.

The Newest Rosary Mysteries

Most Catholics are familiar with the three traditional sets of Rosary Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious. But many of us are unfamiliar with the newest set of Mysteries given to the Church during the Pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II. The Luminous Mysteries: The Baptism of the Lord; The Wedding Feast of Cana; The Proclamation of the Kingdom; The Transfiguration; The Institution of the Eucharist. These new Mysteries give us a fuller appreciation of the full sweep of salvation in Christ.

Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is a Catholic prayer with ancient roots. The repetition of “Hail Marys” provides a calming and peaceful backdrop to meditation on Gospel “Mysteries” which focus on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With Mary we turn our minds and hearts to Jesus. Pray the Rosary for peace in our war torn world.

Synod Prayers

The special Synod on Marriage and Family Life held over the past two weeks is now officially ended. Pray that the deliberations of bishops and laity will bear fruit among us.

Knee to the floor

Many people enter and leave the church without genuflecting toward the Tabernacle, the dwelling place of Jesus in our midst. This simple gesture of putting the right knee to the floor is a sign of faith and respect for Christ present in the mystery of the Eucharist. Parents, teach your children by your own good example. Mobility problems? How about a bow instead!