The Battle of Lepanto anniversary
(We are preparing for the 450-anniversary on Oct 7.)
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 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.