Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on whose solemnity the Angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God. (From the Introit)
We enjoyed a lovely feast day today, breaking our fast to indulge in sweet treats, painting pictures of Our Lady in the afternoon, listening to the beautiful voices of our schola singing at Holy Mass this evening, and praying the rosary at the clinic by candlelight after Mass. Well, a bit of candlelight - it was a remarkably windy night! It was good to be praying there on this feast day, which was established in 1571 in commemoration of the Christians’ unlikely victory at the Battle of Lepanto, and the feast was originally called Our Lady of Victory. We pray for victory in the battle for Life, and we beg Our Lady's intercession for our cause. (Josiah has posted a report he did on the Battle of Lepanto on his blog.) St. Padre Pio reminds us that the 'rosary is the weapon' against the evils of the world today. Let us wield it well and often!
In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary I would like to give away a set of my crocheted roses that can be used by little ones to count the prayers while saying the rosary.
I originally posted about this idea here: Praying the Rosary with Little Ones and I find it's still making its way around the internet, particularly during this month dedicated to the rosary. It certainly blesses me to think that so many little ones are learning to love Our Lady and her 'weapon' at such a young age!
Just leave a comment on this post before noon (EST) on Saturday and we will draw a name at random to select the winner.