Feast of the Holy Rosary
The feast of the Holy Rosary was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary
of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto, October 7, 1571. The victory was attributed to the help of the
holy Mother of God whose aid was invoked through praying the Rosary.
The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries
of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion
and glorious resurrection of the Son of God. From the Christian Prayer(Liturgy of the Hours)
Lord, fill our hearts with your love,
and as you
revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as man,
so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
a sabbath day's journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and
John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and
Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother
of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent
from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;
and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly
troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not
be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall
call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the
throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."
And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will
come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the
Son of God.
And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month
with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the
Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
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