In the Church’s liturgical calendar, October is celebrated as month of the Holy Rosary. The Filipinos have a great love for the rosary for it has allowed us to receive God’s blessing through the divine intercession of the Mother of God.
October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of Rosary, known by the alternate title of Our Lady of Victory. The feast day is in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession o the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pope Leo XIII produced 11 encyclicals on the subject of this feast and its importance in the course of his long pontificate. In his first encyclical in the 1883’s, “SupremiApostolatus Officion,” he echoed the words of the oldest Marian prayer which is also known in the Latin tradition as the “Sub Tuum Praesidium.” “It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary,” he said.
The Rosary is a Biblically inspired prayer which is centered on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her son in his activity to save the whole of mankind over sin.
The Rosary gives us a sort of guided tour of Jesus’ life, through the eyes of the one person who knew Him the best – His own mother. At each mystery, we can contemplate what it must have been like for Mary to be there – at the Annunciation, at Christmas, at the Crucifixion – and we can ask Mary to obtain for us the graces we need to live that is conducive to our salvation, and the salvation of our family and our friends.