Mary of the Month

Our Lady of the Rosary - October 2022

We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th.

In 1206, St. Dominic de Guzmán was in France working as a missionary and preaching against Albigensianism, a heresy that taught that only spiritual things can be good and that all material things are bad. He was not very successful in his attempts to convert Albigensians back to the Catholic faith.  After several days of prayer and fasting, Dominic was visited by the Virgin Mary, who encouraged him to pray the “Marian Psalter”.

The Psalter had been developed by Cistercian Monks and consisted of 150 Hail Marys in groups of 10, separated by Our Fathers. With the assistance of Our Lady, Dominic added mysteries to each group of 10 Hail Marys. These mysteries focused on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ - which contradicted the Albigensian heresy. 

Our Lady of the Rosary is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of Victory, a title given to Mary due to her intercession in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.