Saturday, October 8, 2005

The Battle of Lepanto

The Battle of Lepanto, October 7th, 1571 The victory at Lepanto, by the Christian princes over the Muslim forces from Turkey, was won on October 7th, 1571, which happened to be the very day whereon the Guildsmen of the Rosary, throughout the whole world, were offering their accustomed prayers and appointed supplications for the well-being of Christendom. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Thence afterwards arose the custom of keeping a feast in honor of the victories granted to the Christians through devotions made on this wise. ...Leo XIII, in the most troublous times of the Church and the cruel storm of long pressing evils, by fresh Apostolic letters vehemently urged upon all the faithful throughout the earth the often saying of the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, raised the dignity of the yearly festival, added to the Litany of Loretto the Invocation Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and granted to the whole Church a special Office for this solemn occasion... Thus, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Muslim Turks. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. The Rosary, or the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the best prayers to Mary, the Mother of God. It is referred to as the "epitome of the whole gospel" (Pope Paul VI).


Awesome post, check out my most recent, great minds think alike! To bad one of the most crucial events in world history isn't taught in schools anymore.

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