Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7, 2020
A commonly accepted story of the origin of the Rosary dates back to 1214 when it is believed that the Blessed Virgin Mary presented the Rosary to Saint Dominic in the Monastery of Notre-Dame-de-Prouille in Languedoc, France. However, it was Pope St. Pius V who dedicated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary to thank God for the victory of the Christians over the Turks (Ottoman Empire) – because it was believed that the victory came as a result of the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This was also one of the reasons that this Feast day was originally called the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.
The story of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary focuses on the intercessory power of Mary. Throughout history, it was believed that whenever Christians were in danger, they could go to Mary. Anyone who prays to Mary no longer feels alone because she prays with them and for them.
Why Pray the Rosary?
Praying a virtual rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America
Join Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, President of the USCCB, bishops, priests, and Catholics across the country in praying a virtual rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America on Wednesday, October 7, 3:00pm EST on the USCCB YouTube channel. Join in this prayerful moment of unity for our country to seek healing and to ask Our Lady, on her feast, to pray for us and help lead us to Jesus.