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The Rosary: Shedding Light on the Mysteries

David L. writes:

Today, the western Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, established in 1571 by Pope Pius V, to commemorate the victory over Muslim forces at the Battle of Lepanto, saving Christian Europe from the conquest of Islam. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed its title to "The Feast of the Holy Rosary." Originally assigned to the first Sunday in October, Pope Pius X moved it to the 7th of October. Today, if only in the traditional usage, it is referred to as “The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” While the month of May is devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is October that is specifically devoted to the Rosary.
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Elizabeth said...

Bravo. Good post. I've found that most Rosary-praying Catholics of the Novus Ordo persuasion simply refuse to believe that JPII offered the "luminous" mysteries as a suggestion, not a change in the traditional Rosary. In fact, when I lead the Rosary on a Thursday (with the Joyful), I've been spoken to afterwards and informed that I "did it wrong". Many of these fellow Catholics now look on me as a scary heretic, or something. Oh well. The Rosary as it's been prayed for centuries is what I'm sticking with. The "luminous" was just one more novelty to add to all the others. Ridiculous.

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