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DAY 54 - OUR LADY OF VICTORY, PRAY FOR US

NO CROSS, NO CROWN!
No cross, no crown. No pain, no gain. No guts, no glory. St. James summons us to see the challenges we face as opportunities to rise to new heights of existence, "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him" (Jas 1:12).

In the military, the cross and crown symbolizes a soldier's willingness to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, and to country, no matter what. This kind of unwavering dedication is exactly what Jesus meant when he gave us the criterion for enlisting in his elite fighting force: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?" (Lk 9:23-25).

While sounding like a military drill instructor, St John Vianney expounds on this radical call to discipleship: "There is no doubt about it: a person who loves pleasure, who seeks comfort, who flies from anything that might spell suffering, who is over-anxious, who complains, who blames, and who becomes impatient at the least little thing which does not go his way - a person like that is a Christian only in name; he is only a dishonor to his religion, for Jesus Christ has said so: 'Anyone who wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross every day of his life, and follow Me.'"

The Gospels stories show how Jesus touched people in ways that made them question the direction of their lives. Some turned away because his challenge seemed to be too hard. But many others were so moved by his mission and ministry that they were compelled to search for a more perfect way of living and being. Where do you stand? Are you ready to put it all on the line? This means nothing less than to do what God is calling you. Are you ready to say "yes" to the call to become his champion? (Excerpt from my book, Church Militant Field Manual).
PRAY A ROSARY
Choose either:
  1. Rosary of the Day: Luminous Mysteries
  2. Traditional 54 Day Rotation: Glorious Mysteries
PRAYERS FOR TRADITIONAL 54 DAY NOVENA

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God's graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses full blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother.

Say: The Apostles' Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

The Resurrection - Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Ascension - Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit - Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Assumption of Mary - Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Coronation of the Blessed Mother - Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request, see below). Hail Mary ...

In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request, see below) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.

PETITION: For the Protection of and Provision for the Church, the Family and our Nation. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
 
PRAYER OF TOTAL CONSECRATION
By St. Maximilian Kolbe

O Immaculata, Queen of heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, N..., a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and, "You alone have destroyed all heresies in the world." Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against your enemies.

 
All of the daily Novena Prayers and Reflections are found in this book: 54 Day Basic Training in Holiness 

All of the daily Novena Prayers and Reflections are also posted at usgraceforce.com

Spanish language Novena prayers and reflections are available at https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/nfon-espanol/.

Those who would like to pray with others via The Telephone Rosary, call 1-951-799-9866 daily at 6 pm Eastern.

"One day through the Rosary and the Scapular, I will save the world."  The Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic  www.ConfraternityCommunity.com
Holy League History
October 7, 2021 marks the 450th Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, the formation of the Holy League and the origins of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Pope St. Pius V formed the original Holy League in response to the dire situation in which Christian Europe found itself in 1571. Christianity was greatly divided and diminished at that time, and the enemies of the Church felt this was their time to "deal the last blow" to Christianity. This was when small bands of Catholic men and remnant armies from various nations came together under the spiritual leadership of the saintly pontiff and the military leadership of Don John of Austria. Pope St. Pius V dubbed them the "Holy League."

By prayer (especially, Pope St. Pius V's call for the world to pray the rosary) and fasting, they implored the help of God's grace, through the intercession of the Mother of God, and, by the grace of Almighty God, on October 7, 1571, at the Battle of Lepanto, although greatly outnumbered, the Christian fleet won a crushing victory over the Ottoman Turks, saving Christendom and western civilization.

Pope St. Pius V knew this was not possible, if not for the intercession of Our Lady through the Rosary, and so he proclaimed October 7 to be the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, which was later named, Our Lady of the Rosary.
 
Cardinal Burke Calls for a Holy League!
Cardinal Burke believes "this is exactly what is needed in our times." His Eminence, enthusiastically, agreed to be the Spiritual Head of the Holy League, as he is hopeful this Holy League movement will spread across the planet.

As Cardinal Burke states, "At this particular moment in time, the Church finds itself in a similar situation to that of the Church in the late Sixteenth Century. However, instead of a physical enemy on the horizon, the Church and the family (the domestic Church) are threatened daily by materialism, relativism, secularism, impurity, and confusion regarding Church teaching."

The battle today "is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in the heavens" (Ephesians 6: 10-12).

To combat the forces of evil in today's society, the Holy League strives to call men back to the supernatural Divine Life in the state of grace and to transforming the culture through prayer and inspired action.

The time is NOW to gather the remnant forces, put on our battle armor (sanctifying grace), pick up our spiritual weapons (Eucharist, Rosary) and stand united and strong against the forces of evil devouring the faith of our loved ones!

Please watch this brief inspiring message from Cardinal Burke:

Cardinal Burke Calls for a Holy League!
Cardinal Burke Calls for a Holy League!

The Holy League, in fidelity to its mission as a Roman Catholic solidarity movement:
  • Provides a Holy Hour format which incorporates: Eucharistic adoration, prayer, inspiring spiritual reflection, the availability of the Sacrament of Confession, Benediction and fraternity;
  • Encourages consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Chaste Heart of Joseph;
  • Promotes the Precepts and Sacraments of the Church; especially through devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and the praying of the Most Holy Rosary;
  • Creates a unified front, made up of members of the Church Militant, for spiritual combat;
  • Strives to have a regular monthly Holy League Holy Hour available to men in parishes throughout the Roman Catholic Church.
 
Holy League Vision
The vision of the Holy League is to develop a network of parish based regular monthly Holy Hours with Adoration, Confession, an inspiring spiritual reflection, and fraternity for men.
 
Holy League Mission
The Holy League, in a Spirit of Marian Chivalry, under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Joseph, seeks to provide opportunities for the faithful to unite in prayer, especially monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours, for purification from sin and predisposition to Supernatural Grace for the fuller exercise of the threefold offices of Priest, Prophet, and King received at Baptism. The particular prayer of the Holy League is the monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour.
 
Meant for Incorporating into Catholic Parishes, Organizations, Apostolates, etc.
The Holy League is more of a "movement" than it is an "apostolate." This means, it is not meant to compete with existing Catholic organizations or apostolates, but to be "incorporated" into these. Take, for example, the Knights of Columbus ... The Holy League month holy hours are an amazing way for the Knights of Columbus to "incorporate" these monthly hours, as a spiritual development element for their KC members. The time is now to "unite the clan" ... all the remnant forces ... to become a supernaturally grace-filled "force to be reckoned with!!"

This was our first gathering for these powerful Holy Hours. Men from all over the diocese, joined together for Adoration, Confession, Inspiring Talk and a Fraternal Social. We have become strong spiritual brothers (most of these are, or have become, Knights of Columbus):

 
Holy League Holy Hours
Where:
We recommend picking a regional parish to host these Holy League gatherings. There is strength in numbers, so having these held "regionally" inspires men, as they see "many" other men responding to the call. This also facilitates greater availability of more priests to help with the Sacrament of Confession. You may start with one or two parishes per diocese. Or, possibly, one per vicariate (deanery).

When:
We recommend holding these Holy League Holy Hours on First Friday evenings, as this gives the ability to incorporate devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Also, for most, this is a time when many do not have to arise for work the next morning. There is something special about evenings. We recommend taking Summer months off, so go from October (after school starts) to April (before Graduations, First Communions, etc.). This time period works well as it reaches men during Advent and Lent, when Catholics tend to be more engaged in their faith.

Consider taking this time for planning and, possibly launching on the First Friday of January, 2022. Or, maybe look forward to launching on the First Friday of October, 2022.

How (this is a sample evening):

6:00pm - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration, Confession is offered, Pray a Rosary

7:00pm - Inspirational Speaker (usually 20-30 minutes). (Repose Blessed Sacrament, temporarily, during talk)

7:30pm - Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

8:00pm - Fraternal Social (In our parish hall, we offer pizza, soda and adult beverages)
 
We are looking for real men who are ready to make a stand
Is the Lord calling you to fight for your faith by establishing a Holy Hour at your parish or region? This monthly Holy Hour is a simple, but extremely powerful, way to invite other men into a deeper spiritual life. To break through to the Divine Life.

With permission from your pastor and some guidance from Holy League, your parish's Eucharistic Holy Hour will bear incredible fruit for the men who participate and the entire parish.


For more information on starting a Holy League Holy Hour, go HolyLeague.com.
 

We need more men like this! Join the Holy League!

Midnight Watch
Midnight Watch


BE SAINTS | A JIM CAVIEZEL MESSAGE [ES SUB] [IT SUB]
BE SAINTS | A JIM CAVIEZEL MESSAGE [ES SUB] [IT SUB]

My Fellow Prayer Warrior!

 
As we conclude the 54 Day Rosary Novena for Our Nation, momentum continues to build on Rosary Coast to Coast 2021. To date there are hundreds of Rosary event locations registered across nearly every state in the US and beyond; quite literally from coast to coast and border to border with more added every day! You can still register your Rosary location at https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/.

On Sunday, October 10th, Rosary rallies are taking place: along coasts and borders; at state capitols; in parks; on beaches; along busy streets; as well as outside and inside Churches and Shrines. Especially in this time, many others are joining in from wherever they can to pray the Rosary simultaneously at 4 pm Eastern, 3 pm Central, 2 pm Mountain, 1 pm Pacific, etc.

The 6th National Rosary Rally will lead the country from the US Capitol in Washington DC. This year a public Eucharistic Rosary Procession will again take place on Capitol Hill from St. Peter’s Church to the rally site overlooking Capitol Hill. The Rosary rally will feature dynamic speakers: Bishop Joseph Coffey, Msgr. Charles Pope; Fr. Chris Alar, Sr. Deirdre Byrne, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Doug Barry and me! If you can't join us there, look for livestream info to be added before October 10th at https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/national-rosary-rally-2021/.

Why are we being called to join together in prayer?

Since early 2020, this is a country on the edge: a global pandemic; violent protests, vandalism and looting; destruction of Church, state and private property; rejection of the heritage of our nation; heresy against the Catholic Church; withdrawal of support for law enforcement; as well as calls for socialism, communism and anarchy. Spiritual Battle has intensified with the forces of evil becoming even more extreme in their advocacy of unrestricted abortion and a radical rebellion against God’s creation of man, woman and the sanctity of marriage and family; accompanied by open hostility against all who do not share their unholy beliefs. These are historic times.

It’s no coincidence that we are about to honor the 450th Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 2021. The year was 1571, and Christianity was weak and divided; soft, like it is today. The Turks saw this as “their time” to move in and take control. Pope Pius V called upon Don John of Austria to rally the remnant armies. We are all going to need to get out and “do our part” in the secular realm to push back on this evil infiltration. But, the key to victory in the Battle of Lepanto was the power of Our Lady’s intercession sought through the most powerful of all supernatural weapons: The Rosary.

Now is the time to get into a state of grace, discern how God wants to use you in the secular realm, and for all of us to unite in calling out to the Blessed Mother through the Rosary.

I am thankful for all prayer warriors who are participating in these prayer campaigns and extend my most sincere gratitude to those who have so generously donated to help make them happen!

As we continue to get the word out on Rosary Coast to Coast and prepare for the National Rosary Rally, I respectfully request if you would pray and reflect on a donation to help us finance these critically important prayer campaigns. Our prayer intention continues to be: Protection of and Provision for the Church, the Family and Our Nation.



FEAST OF THE HOLY ROSARY 

Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 16

Then those who FEAR the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; a record book was written before him of those who FEAR the LORD and esteem his name. 

The people during the time of the prophet Malachi were perplexed. Why is it that evildoers prosper and even mock God and escape? The prophet is reassuring those who loved the Lord that nothing escapes God and if we have Holy fear and love the Lord we will be taken care of. 

Many of the behaviors of evil people lead directly to success; the biggest liar and manipulator on the sales team will usually be the top salesperson, for example. The evil person develops skill in seeing how to get the optimal outcome in every situation, and is willing to take whatever the actions are to get that most desirable outcome… which is why they so often get there. These people are NOT being blessed, they are reaping the “rewards” of their evil in the same way that a child cheating on a test gets a higher score… this is NOT the work of God, as He NEVER rewards evil.[1]

No, we should not envy evil doers for whatever they gain it is never enough. Nor do they find peace in their hearts for their needs are never satisfied nor their thirst for more ever quenched.

According to the author Michael H. Brown[2] we are in the midst of a war between the forces of good and evil and right now it may seem that they are winning the battle, but they have already lost the war-the war for our souls, which Christ purchase with his death on the cross.  Hallelujah! 

Your Money or Your Life[3]

Pastoral Letter by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
November 15, 1968
 

At this tense moment in our history, when external wars and internal violence make us so conscious of death, an affirmation of the sanctity of human life by renewed attention to the family is imperative. Let society always be on the side of life. Let it never dictate, directly or indirectly, recourse to the prevention of life or to its destruction in any of its phases; neither let it require as a condition of economic assistance that any family yield conscientious determination of the number of its children to the decision of persons or agencies outside the family. Stepped-up pressures for moral and legal acceptance of directly procured abortion make necessary pointed reference to this threat to the right to life. Reverence for life demands freedom from direct interruption of life once it is conceived. Conception initiates a process whose purpose is the realization of human personality. A human person, nothing more and nothing less, is always at issue once conception has taken place. We expressly repudiate any contradictory suggestion as contrary to Judaeo-Christian traditions inspired by love for life, and Anglo-Saxon legal traditions protective of life and the person. Abortion brings to an end with irreversible finality both the existence and the destiny of the developing human person. Conscious of the inviolability of life, the Second Vatican Council teaches: God, the Lord of life, has conferred on man the surpassing ministry of safeguarding life, a ministry which must be fulfilled in a manner that is worthy of man. Therefore, from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes (Gaudium et Spes, 51). The judgment of the Church on the evil of terminating life derives from the Christian awareness that men are not the masters but the ministers of life. Hence, the Council declares: Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia, or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person...all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator" (Gaudium et Spes, 27). 

Feast of the Holy Rosary[4] 



This feast was fixed for the first Sunday in October by Pope Clement XI; in perpetual commemoration of a celebrated feast was fixed for the first Sunday in October by him due to the double victory gained by the Christians at Lepanto, in 1571, under Pope St. Pius V., and at Belgrade, under Pope Clement XI., through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who had been invoked by saying the Holy Rosary. It is at the same time the principal feast of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Rosary. In 1885 Pope Leo XIII., ordered the Rosary to be recited every day during the month of October in every parish church and cathedral throughout the world, and those of the faithful who cannot be present at this recital he exhorted to say it with their families or in private. The Holy Rosary is a form of prayer in which there is first said the Apostles Creed, and then fifteen decades, each one of which consists of ten Hail Mary’s. Each decade has one Our Father to be said before it and is followed by a meditation upon one mystery of our redemption. It is called the Rosary, or Wreath of Roses, because the joyful, the sorrowful, and the glorious mysteries, aptly symbolized by the leaves, the thorns, the flower, of which the rose consists with the prayers and praises that are blended together compose, as it were, a wreath or crown. It is also called the Psalter, because it contains a hundred and fifty Hail Mary’s, as the Psalter of David contains a hundred and fifty psalms, and because it is used in place of the singing of psalms, as practiced in former times. There are three parts in the Rosary the joyful, the sorrowful, the glorious. The joyful part consists of the five first decades, to which are attached five mysteries of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, through which, full of joy, we speak to Mary of Him: 1. Whom she conceived while a virgin. 2. Whom she bore to Elizabeth. 3. Whom she brought forth while a virgin. 4. Whom she offered to God in the temple. 5. Whom she found Him in the temple. (This is said particularly in Advent.) The sorrowful part, in like manner, contains five decades, in connection with which there are presented for our meditation five mysteries of the passion and death of Jesus: 1. Who for us sweat blood. 2. Who for us was scourged. 3. Who for us was crowned with thorns. 4. Who for us bore the heavy cross. 5. Who for us was crucified. (This is said particularly in Lent.) The glorious part, consisting of the last five decades, reminds us of the glory of Christ and of the Blessed Virgin by five mysteries in which we commemorate Him: 1. Who rose from the dead. 2. Who ascended into heaven. 3. Who sent to us the Holy Ghost. 4. Who received thee, O Virgin, into heaven. 5. Who crowned thee, O Virgin, in heaven. (This part is said particularly at Eastertide.) 

How was this prayer introduced into the Church? St. Dominic had for many years preached against the errors of the Albigenses and other heretics, with such zeal and profound ability that they were often convinced. But nevertheless, the results were unimportant; but few returned to the bosom of the Catholic Church. In this discouraging state of things St. Dominic redoubled his prayers and works of penance, and in particular besought Mary for support and assistance. One day Mary appeared to him and taught him the Rosary. He zealously labored to introduce everywhere this manner of prayer, and from that time preached with such success that in a short period more than one hundred thousand heretics and sinners were converted. The divine origin of the Rosary is testified to by the bull of Gregory XIII of the year 1577. 

Is the Rosary a profitable method of prayer? Yes; for by bringing before the eyes of the spirit the fundamental mysteries of Christianity it supplies us with the strongest motives to love God, to hate sin, to subdue the passions, to condemn the world and its vanity, and to strive after Christian perfection, in order that we may gain those happy mansions which Jesus prepares for us. The Rosary, besides, brings before us living examples Jesus and Mary whom we must follow, and encourages us to good works by pointing to the all-powerful grace procured for us by Jesus, and the all-prevailing intercession of the gracious Mother of God. Let us not be ashamed to carry the beads with us, for otherwise we might be ashamed of being Catholics; let us say the Rosary often every evening as was the custom with Catholics in former times, and we shall find that, as in St. Dominic’s day it was a wholesome check to error, so too in our times it will be, if said aright, a powerful weapon against heresy and unbelief, and will increase faith, piety, and virtue.

 “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”– John 11:25-26

    Our Lady of the Rosary[5]

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. The Rosary, or the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the best prayers to Mary, the Mother of God.

Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the Rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church and peace. "It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound." The Rosary, a "contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture," is "the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary," said the Pontiff.

Things to Do

·         Pray the Rosary, or 5 decades of the Rosary tonight with your family. Continue this practice through October, the month that is especially dedicated to the Rosary.

·         Read the encyclicals on the rosary, and the latest apostolic letter.

·         Learn the Luminous Mysteries. For families with younger children, it helps to have visual aids for the mysteries. Have a picture to flip at the beginning of each decade for the family Rosary. See the Activities Bar for ideas.

·         Learn how to make rosaries, cord and/or wire for missions.

·         Learn about the great victory of Our Lady at the Battle of Lepanto. You can also read more about Pope St. Pius V, who instituted the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

·         Read Cardinal Angelo Sodano's homily at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.

·         "The Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God." Read the Directory on Popular Piety and Liturgy on the Rosary, particularly encouraging the practices of:

 

1.      [T]he recitation of the Rosary could be made more solemn in tone "by introducing those Scriptural passages corresponding with the various mysteries, some parts could be sung, roles could be distributed, and by solemnly opening and closing of prayer."

2.      The custom of making an insertion in the recitation of the Hail Mary, which is an ancient one that has not completely disappeared, has often been recommended by the Pastors of the Church since it encourages meditation and the concurrence of mind and lips.

Insertions of this nature would appear particularly suitable for the repetitive and meditative character of the Rosary. It takes the form of a relative clause following the name of Jesus and refers to the mystery being contemplated. The meditation of the Rosary can be helped by the choice of a short clause of a Scriptural and Liturgical nature, fixed for every decade.

·         Foods for this feast: Since the origin of this feast came from the Christian fleet defeating the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1570 through the intercession of Mary through the Rosary, why not make a cake in the shape of a ship? See the top bar for a cut-out cake, or make moderations to this Ship Cake. Read more about the Battle of Lepanto for ideas.

 

·         St. Pius V was a very holy Dominican, who wore his scratchy habit underneath his papal robes, and walked around Rome barefoot. He ate just to sustain himself, and fasted frequently. We should use his example and remember to fast and pray the Rosary for the conversion of Islam.

 

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Holy Bishops and Cardinals

·         do a personal eucharistic stations of the cross.

·         Iceman’s Total Consecration to Mary-Day 27

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Total Consecration to St. Joseph Day 9

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         "Faith cannot save without virtue"

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Iceman’s 40 devotion

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary




[1]https://formerheathen.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/why-does-god-allow-evil-people-to-succeed/

[2] Michael H. Brown, Prayer of the Warrior, 1993.

[4] Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.

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