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OCTOBER – THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

OCTOBER – THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Pope Clement XI firmly held to the opinion that  [ apart from the Victory of Lepanto ] other famous victories must be attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. In 1716, Charles VI, Emperor Elect of the Romans, won a tremendous triumph in the kingdom of Hungary over an overwhelming army of Turks, on the very day on which the feast of the dedication of the basilica of Our Lady of Snows was being celebrated. Indeed almost at the very moment of battle, the confraternity of the most holy Rosary was offering up public and solemn prayer in the Eternal City.

PUBLIC AND SOLEMN PRAYER IN THE ETERNAL CITY

An immense number of people took part in this demonstration. They poured forth with great devotion fervent prayers to God for the overthrow of the Turks. They implored the powerful intercession of the Virgin Mother of God for the help of Christians. In view of this victory, and also of the raising of the siege of the island of Corcyra which followed almost immediately, Clement made this decree. That the memory of these extraordinary favours may be perpetuated forever, that the faithful might be thankful forever, Clement extended the observance of the feast of the most holy Rosary to the universal Church. He ordered that it be continued to be celebrated under the rite of a double major.

HE BESOUGHT THE FAITHFUL ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RECITE THE ROSARY FREQUENTLY 

Benedict XIII decreed that all these things be written into the Roman Breviary. When the Church was experiencing one of the most turbulent periods in her history, when for a long time a veritable fury of hard pressing evils was raging, Leo XIII, in a series of Encyclical letters earnestly besought the faithful all over the world to recite the Rosary frequently, especially in the month of October. He raised the rank of the rite of the feast and added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation, “Queen of the most holy Rosary.” He granted as well a special office to be recited on the solemn feast by the Universal Church. Let us, therefore, ever honour the most holy Mother of God by the devotion very dear to her. May she who so many times has answered the prayers of Christ’s faithful in the recitation of the Rosary, who brought their earthly enemies to destruction and defeat, grant victory over the powers of hell to us also.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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TO CHRIST THE LORD OF WORLDS WE SING (HYMN)

To Christ the Lord of worlds we sing,
the nations’ universal king.
Hail, conqu’ring Christ, whose reign alone
over our hearts and souls we own.

Christ, who art known the prince of peace,
bid all rebellious tumults cease;
call home thy straying sheep, and hold
for ever in one faithful fold.

For this, thine arms, on Calvary,
were stretched across th’empurpled tree,
and the sharp spear that through thee ran
laid bare the heart that burned for man.

For this, in forms of bread and wine
lies hid the plenitude divine,
and from thy wounded body runs
the stream of life to all thy sons.

May those who rule o’er men below
thee for their greater sovereign know,
and human wisdom, arts, and laws,
in thee repose as in their cause.

Let kindly signs of pomp and state
unto thy name be dedicate,
city and hearth and household be
under thy gentle sceptre free.

Praise be to Christ, whose name and throne
o’er every throne and name we own;
and equal praises still repeat
the Father and the Paraclete.
– Roman Breviary,
tr. W. H. Shewring

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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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