Thursday, 7 October 2010

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

For some reason blogger is having problems with images today, so I'll add the reproduction of one of the great paintings of this event later.  In the meantime you can look at it over here.

Europe has come close to falling to the forces of Islam several times in its history, notably including:
  • in the sieges of Constantinople and subsequent attempted invasions of the seventh century;
  • encroachment via Spain, set back in the Battle of Tours in 732;
  • tenth century invasion of Sicily;
  • through Serbia in the fourteenth century, culminating in the capture of Constantinople in 1453.
Today's feast celebrates the victory of the Battle of Lepanto granted through Our Lady's dramatic intercession in 1571, when Islamic forces of the Ottoman Empire threatened Rome and Europe once more.  Contemporary Islamic accounts of the battle record the vision of a woman in the sky as their ships were destroyed, after the Pope had called for the faithful to pray the rosary. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

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