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Friday, October 07, 2005

Today's Memorial

Our Lady of the Rosary
    This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.

    Lepanto, perhaps the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire, on October 7, 1571, is commemorated by the invocation "Help of Christians," inserted in the Litany of Loretto. At Belgrade the Turks were defeated on the Feast of Our Lady ad Nives in 1716.   A second victory gained that year on the Octave of the Assumption determined Pope Clement XI to command the Feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. Leo XIII added the invocation "Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us," to the Litany of Loretto. The Feast is in reality a great festival of thanksgiving for the signal and countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our blessed Queen.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote, was shot through the left hand in the Battle of Lepanto, earning him the nickname el Manco de Lepanto.

Who'd've thought that 434 years later, almost to the date, Europe would be inviting the hordes back: EU Trumpets New Era in Talks With Turkey.

Suggested reading for today's memorial: OUR LADY AND ISLAM: HEAVEN’S PEACE PLAN