October 7th: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Oct7th-titlepicIn Catholic culture, October has historically been dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Rosary has been one of our most cherished devotions for centuries, and is an integral part of prayer life. So important is the Rosary that St. Pope Pius V attributes the 16th-Century Christian victory over Muslim forces to the intercession of the Blessed Mother, who was invoked by the faithful in Europe through meditation on the Holy Rosary. He declared October 7th to be Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, and nearly five hundred years later it is still celebrated.

One of the many positives about being a Catholic School is that our students are taught the Rosary at an early age. In fact, during the May Procession, the school as a whole recites the Rosary together. It is a unifying force; imagine the power of millions of people all over the world praying the Mysteries of the Rosary together!

St. Pope John Paul II had a particular affinity for the Holy Rosary. In declaring October 2002-October 2003 the Year of the Rosary, he wrote:

“To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ…With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer…But the most important reason for strongly encouraging the practice of the Rosary is that it represents a most effective means of fostering among the faithful that commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery…”

Archbishop Fulton Sheen testified to the importance of the Rosary as a part of our daily life, not to be relegated to nostaliga or mere tradition:

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

On this feast day, we encourage you to gather with your family to contemplate the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Here are a few resources to help you along:

How to Pray the Rosary

Printable Rosary Prayer Sheets

Make Your Own Rosary

Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Pages

6 Reasons for Teaching Children the Rosary