OCTOBER 7 FEAST OF THE ROSARY

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
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OUR LADY OF VICTORY (LEPANTO)
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OUR LADY OF BANDEL (ROSARY) (CALCUTTA, INDIA)

The feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by St. Pius V in commemoration of the victory of the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 against the Turks who were threatening Europe. In 1716, the feast was extended to the entire Church in thanksgiving for the defeat of the Muslim Crescent in Hungary.

Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret, in 1213, which has been attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has, on many occasions, rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto, gained by Don John of Austria, over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571, responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. 

We know that the victory of the Battle of Lepanto was achieved when St. Pius V interrupted a meeting with Cardinals at the Vatican and went to a window and started to pray the Rosary. He was deeply concerned about the future of the Church and Christendom that was being decided in those Mediterranean waters. After the Pontiff finished praying the Rosary, he returned to the meeting and told the Cardinals that the Catholic fleet had been victorious. That is, he had a revelation while he was praying the Rosary. It was the way Our Lady showed him that she linked that victory to his praying of the Rosary. Understanding this, St. Pius V instituted the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which was extended to the whole Church in commemoration for another great victory over the Mohammedans in 1716. 

St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. 

A set of “proper” lessons in the second nocturn were conceded by Benedict XIII. Leo XIII later raised the feast to the rank of a double of the second class and has added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation “Queen of the Most Holy Rosary”. On this feast, in every church in which the Rosary confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady. This has been called the “Portiuncula” of the Rosary. Today, it is a feast of the second class.

The devotion of the Rosary was revealed to St. Dominic by Our Lady. It was born, therefore, in a private revelation. And we know that such revelations are abhorred by the enemies of the Church – internal and external. Although it came from a private revelation, the praying of the Rosary was extended to the entire Catholic Church, and was considered by St. Louis Grignion de Montfort as the characteristic devotion of predestined souls.

Before Vatican II, the habits of many religious Orders had Rosaries that hung on their cinctures, and good Catholics used to carry the Rosary with them all day. It was considered not only an item for counting the Hail Mary’s, but a blessed object, the seal of a special liaison of the person with Our Lady. Many times, the mere physical presence of the Rosary would repel the Devil and attract special graces. It became the classic religious object to fight against the Devil.

What is the Rosary? The Rosary is a series of mediations on the mysteries from the lives of Our Lord and Our Lady. These mysteries are simultaneously prayers that one says vocally and meditations that one makes mentally. This mixture of vocal prayer and meditation is a splendid thing, because while the lips pronounce a plea, the mind concentrates on a point of the mystery. It is a dual activity that intimately unites one with God.

The practice of praying the Rosary to beg a grace from God supposes the theological truth that Our Lady is the Universal Mediatrix of all graces. It is, therefore, a small masterpiece of spirituality and Catholic doctrine as they should be understood. The Rosary is not a religious custom relying on emotions, but rather a serious, solid, and meditative pious practice, which explains why the Rosary has obtained so many graces.

It is very beautiful and valuable to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary, because for each decade, one contemplates a different thing with its special graces: There are particular graces for the mystery of the Annunciation, others for the Agony in the Garden, yet others associated with the Ascension of Our Lord. Each one of the decades has its special graces, and the person who meditates on all of them attracts to his soul the ensemble of graces from the lives of Our Lord and Our Lady. It is a complete circumnavigation that brings a supernatural plenitude to the soul of the person, which helps us to better understand the salutary influence of the Rosary.

A Catholic, thinking and reflecting on things of the Faith, should draw conclusions that build upon each other and constitute a kind of architectural construct. This should be the spiritual life of a Catholic. It follows in accordance with the way God governs the universe. He wisely judges the weight and measure of everything. This is another reason why the Rosary is an excellent devotion.

The fact that this devotion is specially linked to victories over the enemies of the Church and Christendom induces us to think that it will protect all those who fight against the enemies of the Catholic cause. It is a devotion that most probably will endure until the end time, when the enemies of the Church will be more dangerous than ever.

Therefore, also during the chastisement predicted at Fatima, the assiduous recitation of the holy Rosary should be a decisive factor of victory for those who would be defending the Catholic cause. The historical antecedents of the value of the Rosary are a pledge of analogous future victories.

When St. Alphonsus of Liguori was already old, sick, and in a wheelchair, a lay brother used to wheel him around the cloister of his monastery in the evening so he could take some fresh air. Engaging the brother in conversation, St. Alphonsus asked him:
“Did you pray your Rosary today?”
“I don’t remember,” the brother answered,
“Then, let us pray it now,” the Saint said.roasry gregory 13 mary lepanto pius 5 st. roasry
“But you are already so tired. What difference does it make if we don’t pray the Rosary for one day?” protested the brother.
St. Alphonsus answered: “If I did not pray my Rosary for even one day, I would fear for my eternal salvation.”

This is what a Saint said. This episode teaches us that we should do precisely the same. The daily Rosary is a great guarantee of final perseverance and fidelity for the times ahead when the prophecies of Fatima will be fulfilled. The victory in our everyday Lepanto is linked to the recitation of the Rosary.

Let us ask Our Lady of the Rosary to bless this intention of saying the Rosary daily and give us the grace to carry it out.

OCTOBER 7 FEAST OF QUEEN OF THE ROSARY

XVIII 7 October 1997 : The Message given (AT kANJIKODE MINISTRY) by Our Lady on the Feast of the Queen of the Rosary.
My dear daughter, the angels of our Lord help you against the fierce army of sin. But this is the era when you are most in need of this weapon of the Rosary. You should hold fast to this weapon of prayer. But my daughter, do not be weakened because many disbelieve this mission entrusted to you. This mother, who is the Queen of the Rosary, will be with you throughout your life. I will strengthen those in your home. But situations are many in which you have to experience humiliations. My daughter, when the proud and the conceited ridicule this prayer, in faith do my little children, the poor and those who are going through pain and tribulations, recite this prayer. So my daughter, I remind you one thing. Through this prayer you can save innumerable souls that are in the desert

of sin and evil and in the clutches of Satan. Creating a chain reaction of goodness and through powerful action this will bear fruits of goodness. This prayer is tenfold stronger than nuclear power. This is the prayer I love most. Satan will be scared of you when you follow your heavenly mother along the path of this simple prayer. So children recite this prayer with a child- like heart. Satanic pride will be defeated. When he realizes that I bind him not with chains but with the seemingly feeble but powerful Holy Rosary, he will undoubtedly understand that he will be subdued. Children, this is the prayer that the children of this world recite with me. At the time of this prayer, I pray for you. When you invite me for this prayer, I accept the invitation and offer my prayer with yours to God the Father through the Son. Thus it bears fruit, because Jesus cannot say ‘No’ to this Heavenly Mother’s pleading. Children when you meditate over the mysteries of the Rosary, you comprehend the life of Jesus from His Incarnation to His Resurrection and ponder deeper into the mission of Redemption. Thus, you realize the mystery of love shown through this Heavenly Mother. In this way through the Blessed Mother you attain the Holy Light from the Sacred Heart of Jesus – the great wealth of love. In the Rosary by the recitation of the Creed and by the repetition of the Our Father, you are transformed for the complete glory of God. When you say, Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, you worship the Most Holy Trinity. Uttering the sacred words, and through the prayers, Hail Mary full of Grace, and, Holy Mary, along with this Mother, your life gains courage to act against Satan and finds divine happiness. So, children, instruct all children to use this weapon of the Rosary to put up a fierce struggle against Satan, under my leadership –the woman adorned by the sun. Do not be afraid, God is with us.

MOTHER OF KANJIKODE

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ST.BRUNO PRAY FOR US

st.brunoBruno was born in Cologne of the prominent Hartenfaust family. He studied at the Cathedral school at Rheims, and on his return to Cologne about 1055, was ordained and became a Canon at St. Cunibert’s. He returned to Rheims in 1056 as professor of theology, became head of the school the following year, and remained there until 1074, when he was appointed chancellor of Rheims by its archbishop, Manasses. Bruno was forced to flee Rheims when he and several other priests denounced Manasses in 1076 as unfit for the office of Papal Legate. Bruno later returned to Cologne but went back to Rheims in 1080 when Manasses was deposed, and though the people of Rheims wanted to make Bruno archbishop, he decided to pursue an eremitical life. He became a hermit under Abbot St. Robert of Molesmes (who later founded Citeaux) but then moved on to Grenoble with six companions in 1084. They were assigned a place for their hermitages in a desolate, mountainous, alpine area called La Grande Chartreuse, by Bishop St. Hugh of Grenoble, whose confessor Bruno became. They built an oratory and individual cells, roughly followed the rule of St. Benedict, and thus began the Carthusian Order. They embraced a life of poverty, manual work, prayer, and transcribing manuscripts, though as yet they had no written rule. The fame of the group and their founder spread, and in 1090, Bruno was brought to Rome, against his wishes, by Pope Urban II (whom he had taught at Rheims) as Papal Adviser in the reformation of the clergy. Bruno persuaded Urban to allow him to resume his eremitical state, founded St. Mary’s at La Torre in Calabria, declined the Pope’s offer of the archbishopric of Reggio, became a close friend of Count Robert of Sicily, and remained there until his death on October 6. He wrote several commentaries on the psalms and on St. Paul’s epistles. He was never formally canonized because of the Carthusians’ aversion to public honors but Pope Leo X granted the Carthusians permission to celebrate his feast in 1514, and his name was placed on the Roman calendar in 1623. His feast day is October 6.

SEPTEMBER 28 MONDAY READINGS

MARK SEPTEMBER 28 MONDAY READINGS
PHIL 1:21-26 FOR ME LIVING IS CHRIST AND DYING IS GAIN
         MARK 8:31-38 JESUS FORETELLS HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION

 

PHIL 1:21-26

21

For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.

22

If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose.

23

I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, (for) that is far better.

24

Yet that I remain (in) the flesh is more necessary for your benefit.

25

And this I know with confidence, that I shall remain and continue in the service of all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,

26

so that your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound on account of me when I come to you again.

MARK 8:

31

He began to teach them that the Son of Man  must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days.

32

He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33

At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

34

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said  to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

35

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel  will save it.

36

What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

37

What could one give in exchange for his life?

38

Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”