Who is Our Lady of the Rosary?
The story of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is an interesting one. In the 16th century, Christianity was being threatened in Europe. After months of disagreements and bickering with the Ottomans, Pope Pius V organized a coalition of forces from Spain and other Christian kingdoms and military orders and sent the naval expedition to fight the Turks.
The two navies met in the Gulf of Lepanto in Greece on October 7, 1571. Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct disadvantage, Pope Pius V called upon all of Europe to pray the rosary. The group recited the Rosary for the special intention of the Christians at battle and the Christians defeated the Turks in a spectacular victory. It is believed that the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin helped to win the victory. Pope Pius V dedicated the day as one of thanksgiving to Our Lady of Victory. Pope Gregory XIII later changed the name to the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
The story of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary focuses on the intercessory power of Mary. It shows that when Christians are in danger, they can go to Mary. When an individual is in pain, discouraged, or having trouble accepting God’s will, he or she can also go to Mary. She will pray to her Son for anyone who calls on her. There are many examples of the power of praying the rosary.
The Rosary is a deep prayer because as we recite the Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Be's, we meditate on the mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary. No wonder it pleases Our Lady when we pray the Rosary