Sunday is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, instituted to honor Mary for her intercession at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.
If you are not familiar with this battle, you should be. The victory of the outnumbered Papal fleet over the Turks saved Christendom from Muslim invasion.
Pope St. Pius V had a vision of the victory even before the news was brought to Rome, and instituted this glorious feast– a feast that should bring us to our knees to beg Our Lady to intercede in our current need of defense against Muslim aggression.
If you haven’t, check out G.K. Chesterton’s epic poem, Lepanto.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in these times of such brazen impiety, manifest thy power with the signs of thine ancient victories, and from thy throne, whence thou dost dispense pardon and graces, mercifully regard the Church of thy Son, His Vicar on earth, and every order of clergy and laity, who are sore oppressed in the mighty conflict. Do thou, who art the powerful vanquisher of all heresies, hasten the hour of mercy, even though the hour of God’s justice is every day provoked by the countless sins of men. For me who am the least of men, kneeling before thee in supplication, do thou obtain the grace I need to live righteously upon the earth and to reign among the just in Heaven, the while in company with all faithful Christians throughout the world, I salute thee and acclaim thee as Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. Amen.
Prayer found in this week’s bulletin of St. Francis de Sales Oratory.