Feast of the Holy Rosary

OCTOBER 7, 2016

This Feast was instituted to commemorate the victory of Christianity over the forces of Islam at the battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The victory was brought about through the devout recitation of the Holy Rosary. In thanksgiving for another victory over the same foes in Hungary in 1715, the Feast was extended to the whole Church. In the course of centuries the Rosary has been a source of abundant blessings. In her apparitions at Lourdes, France, in 1858, and again at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary urged Catholics to pray the Rosary frequently in order to bring about the conversion of sinners and a lasting world peace. Let us resolve to say our Rosary every day! Besides being a beautiful tribute of love to our Heavenly Mother, it will be our support and joy in life and our consolation at the hour of death.

“Who is she that cometh forth like the sun, and as lovely as Jerusalem? Around Her, as in springtime, were roses and lilies of the valley.” (Cant.)

Let us devoutly celebrate the glorious feast of the Holy Rosary of the Virgin Mary, that she may intercede for us with Jesus Christ our Lord! Glory be to the Father…

O powerful Virgin, Thou art like the Tower of David! Thou art most beautiful and amiable, O Daughter of Sion; lovely as the moon, brilliant as the sun, awe inspiring as an army set in array (Cant. vi. 3). The Lord gave Thee His own power, for through Thee He completely overcame our enemies. Hail Mary…

O Virgin Mary, most noble Queen of the world, plead for peace and salvation in our behalf, for Thou didst bring forth Christ the Lord, Savior of us all. Hail Mary…

O blessed Mother and spotless Virgin, glorious Queen of the world, may all who celebrate the solemnity of the most holy Rosary feel Thy help! Hail Mary…

Mary speaks:
“I have budded forth as the rose planted by the brooks of water.” (Ecclus. 39:17)

Let us Pray:

May we be helped, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the prayers of Thy most holy Mother, whose Rosary we are honoring, that we may draw strength from the mysteries which we reverence and obtain the effect of the sacrament which we have received; Who livest and reignest forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.

HYMN

Exulting with exceeding joy, or pierced with sorrow’s wound,
O Virgin-Mother, thee we sing, in glory clothed around.

Conception, Visitation, Birth, the Off’ring of Thy Child,
The Finding–these Thy joys we hail, O Virgin-Mother mild.

Hail, in Thy share of agony–stripes, thorny crown, yea, most
When ‘neath the Cross Thou dauntless stoodst, O Queen of martyrs’ host!

Then in the triumph of Thy Son–the fire of the Paraclete–
O Queen, refulgent in His light, we hail Thy crown complete.

Oh, come, ye nations, gather here these mystic roses fair;
And weave a garland for the Queen of love beyond compare.

O Jesu, born of Virgin bright, all glory be to Thee,
With Father and with Paraclete through all eternity. Amen.

V. Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:

O God, whose Only-begotten Son, by His Life, Death and Resurrection obtained for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beg Thee that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.