October 13: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

28 Jun

Our Lady of Rosary


Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary is one of the many titles given to Mary, Mother of God. This title originated from the work of Pope Pius V in 1571.

Pope Pius V feared that the Ottomans were encouraging the spread of Islam so he asked all Catholics to pray the rosary. On October 7, 1571, Philip II of Spain led a Christian group that defeated the Ottomans in the naval battle of Lepanto. Believing that victory was achieved because everyone prayed the rosary, Pope Pius V declared October 7 to be the feast day of Our Lady of Victory. Later, the name of the feast day was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary.

The title, Our Lady of the Rosary, also refers to the appearance of Mary in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. When Mary appeared to the children, she told them, “I am the Lady of the Rosary”. In 1947, Jose Thedim received a commission to create a statute to commemorate Mary’s appearance to three children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. The sculptor was able to based his art on a description he received directly from one of the witnesses, Lucia, who in 1947 was a sister living in a convent in central Portugal.


The statue was blessed in 1947 in the presence of 150,000 pilgrims to the site. Now known as the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, this statue is carried throughout the world to be exhibited in churches and shrines.


The picture above was taken when the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima visited the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 2014.  ( From July 11 to July 13, 2015, there will be additional events related to the statue.  Check with The National Centre for Padre Pio for details.)


The National Centre for Padre Pio was an excellent home for the statue during the visit to the United States. Note the beautiful San Damiano Crucifix hanging on the wall to the left of the statue.


There are many forms of the rosary but the most widely known is the Dominican Rosary. The Dominican Rosary has 5 groups of beads. There are 10 beads in each group.
The Dominican Rosary is named for St. Dominic. It is believed that St. Dominic took older forms of the rosary and adapted them to the five decade form. Many believe that St. Dominic had a vision in which he saw Mary and she asked him to spread devotion to the rosary.

To learn more about antique and unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. This 152 page hardcover reference book has 240 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals. It helps rosary collectors and historians identify unique religious items. The Rosary Collector’s Guide contains historical background, a glossary of terms, and answers to frequently asked questions. This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store, and other online sellers, bookstores, and religious article shops.

Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, are often able to bring their collection to exhibit for church groups, school groups, and community organizations. To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com



One Response to “October 13: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary”

  1. Giovanna Lottes June 28, 2015 at 1:56 PM #

    Good luck with your October 3 presentation!Sent from Yahoo Ma


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