The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary!
A PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN,
"HELP OF CHRISTIANS."
Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and our Mother, Mary,
thou seest how, from every quarter, the devil and the world are assailing the Catholic faith,
in which we purpose, by God's mercy, to live and to die, that we may gain eternal glory.
O Help of Christians,
renew thy former victories for the safety of thy children.
They intrust to thy care their firm purpose never to belong to any gathering of heretics or sectaries;
O thou who art all holy, offer up our resolutions to thy divine Son,
and obtain from him the graces necessary to keep us true to them unto the end.
Console the visible Head of the Church,
help the Catholic Episcopate,
protect the clergy and the faithful who hail thee as Queen,
hasten, by the power of thy intercession,
the day which shall see all nations gathered together about the Supreme Pastor.
Maria, Auxilium Christianorum, ora pro nobis.
The Raccolta, ed. 1902. #75. p. 354.
His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, December 20, 1890.
The Battle of Lepanto anniversary
Pope St. Pius V, the Pope who codified the Tridentine rite of the Mass instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victory in 1571 in thanksgiving after the defeat of Muslim forces during the naval battle off Lepanto, Italy. He called upon all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory.
Pope Gregory XIII changed the name in 1573 of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary. He declares that we must believe, on pious faith, that the public prayers and processions of the members of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary were largely responsible for the great victory over the Turkish navy at Lepanto, which God granted to the Christians on the first Sunday of October 1571.
Pope Clement XI extended the feast to the Universal Church in 1716, and later the date for the feast was set as October 7.
Pope Leo XIII wrote in his encyclical Augustissimae Virginis Mariae (Sept 12 1897) on the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary: "The Rosary unites together all who join the Sodality in a common bond of paternal or military comradeship; so that a mighty host is thereby formed, duly marshalled and arrayed, to repel the assaults of the enemy, both from within and without." It is therefore the Rosary Sodality, the "army of prayer".
"Our prayer is public and in common; and when we pray, we pray not for one,
but for the whole people, for we, the entire people, are one"
The Feast of Our Lady of Victories...
The Battle of Lepanto and its 450-anniversary on Oct 7, 2021.
Pope Pius V (later Saint Pius V) added a new feast day to the Roman Liturgical Calendar- October 7th which would henceforth be the feast of Our Lady of Victory.
Pope Pius’ successor, Pope Gregory XIII would, in 1573, change the name of this day to the feast of the Holy Rosary.
The feast was extended to the universal Church in 1716 by Pope Clement X!
On October 7th, 1571 a fleet of ships assembled by the combined forces of Naples, Sardinia, Venice, the Papacy, Genoa, Savoy and the Knights Hospitallers fought an intense battle with the fleet of the Ottoman Empire.
Pope Pius V ordered the churches of Rome to be opened for prayer day and night, encouraging the faithful to petition the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the recitation of the Rosary.
Though outnumbered by the Ottoman forces, the Battle of Lepanto, was unexpectedly won. On a supernatural level, it was attributed to Our Lady's intercession and the Holy Rosary and the Supernatural power and the victory of the Holy League was of great importance in the history of Europe!
We are, today, in great need for both prayer and action with not only the crisis that the Church faces today, or the cancellation of priests or bishops but the whole society need to answer the call for action and prayer?
Look at all things going on in the society since the Amazon synod in 2019 with the idols being paraded into the heart of the St. Peters Basilica.
Let us pray and pray the Rosary daily.
Let us use fast, petitioning God through the intercession of Our Lady?
Just like Commander Cross Rosary commenced a 40-day fast leading up to the now infamous Amazon synod - a fast and rosary prayer answer to the call from Cardinal Leo Burke and Bishop Athansius Schneider.
The fifth apparition of our Lady of Fatima (Sept 13, 1917):
"Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war.
In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Dolours and Our Lady of Carmel.
Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices. ...
In October I will perform a miracle so that all may believe."
One month later, in 1917, was the miracle of the Sun. The Pope at the time could see the miracle of the Sun while he was praying the Rosary in the Vatican Garden.
A few months later, the Spanish flu commenced and killed some 20-30 million people worldwide (the end of WW I occured in 1918). It lasted 2 years and 3 months ...
One month later, in 2019,
we were in the midst of Amazon Synod, which commenced with Pope Francis planting a tree in the Vatican Garden together with a priestess from Amazonas.
He was blessing idols laying on the ground and two days later on the opening Sunday - the idols these were paraded into the heart of the St. Peters Basilica.
At the end of 2019, the"non-flu" commenced its spread ...
Who knew ...
By mid-March 2020, our Patron told our entire Step-by-Step community to release as much prayer material as possible for free and that the community was to cooperate instead of compete.
The free of charge decision was to offer people Rosary prayers in this difficult moment when bishops and priests closed the church doors locking people out of the church.
All our Rosary's include prayers for the Souls in Purgatory but also prayers for all the people who have died during the pandemic and for people who live in anxiety and worry.
We have prayed continue to do so!
But we need help!
Commander Cross Rosary managed to launch its website on September 13, 2019,
on the day of our Lady of Fatimas fifth apparition in 1917.
The Church is supernatural. It is not an organisation.
The Holy Mother Church is greater than the Pope, than the Cardinals or Bishops. They are all members of the Church.
This is the victory that overcomes the world, our Faith.
It is a Divine Faith, it is not a human Faith.
We do not leave the Church because the Church is our Mother.