The Rosary has been credited for the victory over many battles throughout history. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was established to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary for the victory over the Ottoman Empire on October 7, 1571 though the Ottoman Empire had a clear advantage. The Ottoman Empire had not lost a naval battle for centuries and was in motion to spread further into Europe and the Americas, their naval defeat at the battle of Lepanto effectively stopped the Muslim Turks from conquering and enslaving all Christians.
“At that very moment, at dawn on October 7, 1571– as Vatican Archives later revealed–Pope Pius V, accompanied by many faithful, was praying the Rosary in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. From dawn to dusk the prayers continued in Rome as the Christians and the Muslims battled at Lepanto. When it was all over the Muslims had been defeated. Of some 270 Moslem ships, at least 200 were destroyed. The Turks also lost 30,000 men while Christian casualties numbered between 4,000 and 5,000.”
After this victory, Pope St. Pius V declared that a commemoration of the Rosary would be a part of the Vatican’s Mass on October 7th.
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