The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.
“If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.
“Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers.” ~Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most
Simple Ways To Honor Our Lady of the Rosary During the Month of October
Join the confraternity of the Holy Rosary
Offer to lead the rosary at your parish after daily and/or Sunday Masses
Pray the Rosary as a family every night.Fr Patrick Peyton known as the Rosary Priest said,”If families give Our Lady 15 minutes a day reciting the Rosary,I assure them that their homes by Gods grace will become peaceful places.
Pray the Rosary everyday this month. Pray it especially for priests who are being attacked right and left even by those who consider themselves Catholics.
Make rosaries, have them blessed and give them away – children love this. You can teach a group of children to make rosaries of their own. They will really be excited about praying with a rosary they made themselves. You can give the rosaries you make to the elderly in nursing homes, take them to Catholic schools or Religious Education classes at your parish, or mail them to prisons. Make sure you have them blessed by a priest first.
Print up some of our Rosary booklets and hand them out to people whether it be your CCD class, neighbors and friends. Children really like these as well!
Invite a Pilgrim Virgin statue into your home and pray the Rosary everyday while it is there – Find out if there is a Legion of Mary group nearby who takes around a Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima statue. It is a beautiful way to spend October. Different groups have different customs but usually a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima is taken from home to home especially during the month of October to promote the recitation of the Rosary in families. The statue usually stays with each family for one week.
Hang a rosary in some prominent place in your home by itself or draped across a statue of Our Lady to show your devotion.
Attend Mass on October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and on October 13th,the day of the final visit of Mary to Fatima 100 years ago this year!