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BOB COX: October: a month for Mary and the Rosary | Columns

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October is one of the two months that the Catholic Church recognizes as a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. (The other month that is even more closely associated with Mary is May.)

The month of October has been chosen to honor the Blessed Mother, Mary, in thanksgiving for the protection she gives to the Church in response to the prayer of the Rosary. For people of different faiths, Catholics do not adore Mary or idolize her. We adore the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We honor, venerate and venerate Mary and seek her guidance and help, for she is our intercessor, and she presents our spiritual requests and needs to her Son, Jesus Christ, on our behalf. One of the best ways to ask for help from Mary is to say the Rosary.

We as Catholics continue to observe our Feast Days, Holy Days of Obligation, Weekday Masses and Weekend Mass obligations, even with Covid-19 social distancing. We observed the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Wednesday.

Apparently, the Church has chosen October 7 as a feast day, and therefore the month of October, to honor Mother Mary with the title of Our Lady of the Rosary. This was done in honor of a great military/naval victory that took place on October 5, 1571. What happened was the famous Battle of Lepanto. At that time, Pope Pius called on the rulers of Western Europe to defeat the Muslim Turks, the Islamic threat, as they were on a mission to conquer the Mediterranean nations including Rome.

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Pope Pius gave a proclamation to all Christians to pray for the intercession of Our Lady by praying the Rosary. It turned out that the fierce fighting of the European Christians broke the grip of the Muslims. The Muslims either drowned or fled ashore during the raging battle and were captured or killed. Thanks to this victory, Western Europe and Rome were saved and Pope Pius declared an annual day of commemoration to Our Lady of Victory. This feast was established in 1571. For this reason, Pope Gregory XIII (successor of Pope Pius), in 1573, established that the first Sunday of October would be the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

It would be safe to say that the Church wanted to thank the Blessed Mother by extending her desire to give thanks to her for the incredible victory of Lepanto by designating her the whole month for her intercession for the Christian fleet and the victory against the Muslims. .

Now, the actual feast day is always celebrated on October 7th. This is why we celebrate October as a Marian month. We dedicate ourselves to praying the rosary. We pray the rosary before each weekend mass. The rosary is also quite often recited before masses on weekdays. And we should all pray the Rosary in the comfort of our homes as often as possible. Why? Give thanks to our Mother, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, for her intercession. Mary hears our requests and presents them to her Son. Remember, He never said no to His Mother.

For anyone unfamiliar with the rosary, it is a series of prayers, fused together, that make up the rosary. The prayers consist of the sign of the cross, the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, the Ave Maria, the Glory Be, the Fatima prayer and the Ave, Holy Queen. There are four sets of Mysteries, and depending on the day of the week, a set of Mysteries is proclaimed during the prayer of the Rosary. You begin to pray the rosary by making the sign of the cross; then holding the crucifix, pray the Apostles’ Creed; then on the first bead, recite the Our Father; then on the next three beads, we pray the Ave Maria; then on the last bean we pray Glory Be. Then we announce the first of the five mysteries for the Mystery of the Day, then we pray an Our Father, 10 Hail Mary and the Glory Be, then the Fatima prayer. After that, repeat, until the five decades are prayed. Now, at the end, recite the prayer Hail, Holy Queen; and end the rosary by making the sign of the cross. In my opinion, this is the greatest prayer we have.

As Pope John Paul II said some time ago about his favorite prayer, the Rosary, it is the greatest Marian prayer in the Church. He states, “The rosary actually puts us in living communication with Jesus…through his mother’s heart” and “beats the rhythm of life.”

Bob Cox is a deacon at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Florence. Contact him and other board members at [email protected]