Sunday, October 07, 2012

Our Lady of Victories, commonly called Our Lady of the Rosary

Mass: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino with commemoration of the 19th Sunday after Pentecost! Did a double take when I saw the white vestments this morning. Is this ranking universal in the traditional missal (double, second class vs. Sunday) or unique to some places such as my parish, run by historically Spanish friars? The gospel, of course, is about the Annunciation and Incarnation: be it unto me according to thy word.

Anyway many of you already know it doesn’t commemorate St Dominic introducing this best-known form of prayer beads to the church but the 1571 naval battle of Lepanto, off the coast of Greece, that saved western Europe from the Ottoman yoke: the world’s last big sea fight with oared ships, the priest explained, with thousands of Christian slaves as oarsmen in the Turkish fleet, whose admiral was an Italian apostate if I recall rightly. This fought a cobbled-together Spanish and Italian fleet that was the first and last papal navy.

The rosary is my No. 1 devotion outside of church; I usually pray it in the car, with a small set of black beads, got at a Slovak national parish, obviously intended for a little boy’s First Communion set. A proper rosary not too big to get in the way. I have a bigger vintage version (pictured, with a new crucifix that matches) at home.

I don’t do the Luminous Mysteries. I like the parallel of the 150 Hail Marys and the psalter, the office for everyman, who might not be able to read, certainly in the Middle Ages.

I say it the Irish Legion of Mary way, like in their Tessera pamphlet. Frank Duff got that from older prayer books, in which it begins like the office. No prayers on the pendant, no Fatima prayer, but I do that prayer separately sometimes.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Leave all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy.
Driving past a Novus Ordo church going home I saw the priest in green; their ranking is different except maybe where it’s the parish’s feast of title (interestingly it is that parish’s former name feast, before merging/renaming).

G.K. Chesterton’s poem Lepanto.

Jesus saves. Mary prays. Benedict is our Pope.

Buona festa.


  1. I'm glad to see that you've found a safe place within our church.

    Remember, the Rosary is a prayer of 150 Hail Maries not 10, not 50.

    If you say the Rosary, you must say the full Rosary. Priests have given too much lenience to partial practice of the Rosary. It's only about 35-45 minutes of prayer.

    I am against the attitude "Pray as long as you feel comfortable".

    Reassesing : 15 decades of the Rosary everyday. Oh yeah and my greatgrandparents prayed the Rosary because that is what is right and just.

    They didn't know of Fatima or Medjugorje or Lourdes. My Catholic ancestors prayed irregardless of the mystical promises priests peddle to get people to say the Rosary.

    It's only 35-45 minutes of your day or about 2,5-3% of the entire day. 3% of the day is not a lot in my reasoning.

    1. Who the heck appointed you bishop or Pope?

      The Rosary is a private prayer, not a liturgy. No one is required through an Apostolic imposed the assent of faith or assent of the will to pray the Rosary, the advice and admonition of several Papal encyclicals notwithstanding. A layman is free, if he so chooses, to construct his own mysteries and to say some of the Rosary or all of the Rosary at his option.

      And it is not your or our Church.

  2. "If you say the Rosary, you must say the full Rosary." Stuff and nonsense. We have it on the authority of several saints that it is better to say one decade with devotion, than to say five or fifteen in haste (or out of some dreary sense of "duty").

    And if you're saying 15 decades in 45 minutes, you must be going at the pace of an auctioneer.


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