Friday’s Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

The Turkish Ottoman Empire was a mighty force pushing for expansion and domination. By 1453, the Empire occupied the Byzantine Empire. From there, the Turks expanded westward for the next 100 years or so on land and at sea. Their superior naval power was feared throughout the Mediterranean.

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Our Lady of the Rosary

Sometimes history and faith intertwine and the perspective of the faithful cannot be separated from the events of the day. The Holy League existed. They won a decisive victory over the Ottoman Fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in the Gulf of Patras on October 7, 1571. Of that there is no doubt.

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Our Lady’s Holy League Feast

Just a little Catholic Background for those who may not be familiar with the day. Our Lady of The Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V. Originally Our Lady of Victory, it was to commemorate the anniversary of the defeat of the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 on the first Sunday in October. The feast date moved each year until it was fixed to October 7. The entire month of October is dedicated to encouraging the Faithful to pray the Rosary, reflecting on the mysteries of the Christian Faith.

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Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

It’s another feast day within the Church.  October 7th is known as Our Lady of the Rosary or Our Lady of Victory. This Feast Day was intended to honor a 16th century Naval victory that secured Europe against a superior Turkish invasion. If you want to learn more and have a wonderful meal, stick around. If not, that’s okay too.

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