Tuesday 7th October – Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Reflection: Luke 10: 38-42


The feast we celebrate today is a memorial in honour of our Blessed Mother. The feast was instituted by Pope Pius V to celebrate the anniversary of the defeat of the Turkish fleet at the battle of Lepanto on the first Sunday in October 1571. This defeat ended the threat of Muslin domination of the Mediterranean and was ascribed in part to the prayers and processions of the Rosary confraternity in Rome. The feast was later moved to a fixed date of October 7th as it is now.

Dear friends, what makes the Rosary so important to us as Catholics? The Rosary is a very powerful prayer that has been passed down to us for centuries. It is a prayer that brings us to a deep reflection on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and that of His Mother as we go through the mysteries As we reflect on their lives, we see the virtues that they exhibited and we ask for the grace of such virtues in our own journey. The Rosary brings us to the very heart of our faith as Christians; leading us from Jesus’ incarnation through His death, to His ascension. Because of the great power of this devotion, the Church has approved many apparitions in which the Blessed Virgin asks that we pray the Rosary each day for ourselves and for the peace of the world.

Beloved, let us not allow our devotion to the Rosary to be simply an outward action of wearing it around our necks or having it hanging in our homes. Let us make out time each day to pray the Rosary. As Jesus told Martha in our reading, only one thing is needful: to sit at Jesus feet and listen to Him as Mary her sister did. Dear friends, listen to our Lord as He speaks to you through the Rosary and ask our Mother for her constant help and prayers.

PRAYER: Hail! Mary; full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God; pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2682 – Because of Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her and to entrust supplications and praises to her.

HIDE A TREASURE: “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

John 2:5 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Galatians 1: 13-24; Psalm 139: 1-3, 13-15; Luke 10: 38-42


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