The Church, in the month of October, invites in a special way to foster the devotion of praying the Rosary. It is the “Month of the Rosary,” and, in fact, October 7th is the Memorial of Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary. This memorial commemorates the naval victory of the Christian Holy League against the Ottoman Turks in the year 1571, stopping the spread of the Ottoman Empire into Europe. Ahead of the battle, Pope Pius V encouraged Christians to seek Mary’s intercession through praying the rosary. The Christian victory was attributed to Mary’s intercession. We must remember that the rosary remains a very powerful weapon in the spiritual battles that we all experience today. To seek the prayers of the Mother of God in our needs and in our daily struggles is a noble and prudent act.
One of the titles under which Mary is venerated is Mater Ecclesiae, or, Mother of the Church. Back in March, Pope Francis declared a new memorial in the Church’s calendar that would honor Mary under this title. It will be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost each year. In these days, especially with all the revelations of recent months, our Church is in need of her Mother’s prayerful assistance in a special way. Would you consider praying the rosary in a particular way this month, seeking the intercession of Mary, Mater Ecclesiae, as an act of prayer for our Church? During the month of October, while supplies last, we will have some rosaries and instructional pamphlets available at the door of the church.