Father Behr writes:
On Friday we celebrate the memorial feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
The Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) is one of the most decisive naval battles in history. To commemorate this important event St Pius V gave the Church the feast we know today as Our Lady of the Rosary.
Historian Paul K Davis wrote:
“More than a military victory, Lepanto was a moral one. For decades, the Ottoman Turks had terrified Europe, and the victories of Suleiman the Magnificent caused Christian Europe serious concern. The defeat at Lepanto further exemplified the rapid deterioration of Ottoman might under Selim II, and Christians rejoiced at this setback for the Ottomans. The mystique of Ottoman power was tarnished significantly by this battle, and Christian Europe was heartened.” See the Quote from Wikipedia.
If you would like to find out more about this battle and the part the Rosary played, please visit this article.
On Friday We have Mass at 10am followed by Adoration and Rosary.
Why not make a special effort to pray the Rosary during October.
Best Wishes, Father Behruz Rafat