Yesterday was the beautiful feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, dear to Dominicans everywhere because of our great devotion to the Holy Rosary. This feast is also known as \”Our Lady of Victory\”, because on this date the Christian forces of Europe under the command of Don Juan of Austria defeated the advancing Muslim army in the battle of Lepanto. Pope St. Pius V, a Dominican priest who became Pope, asked for all Christians to pray the rosary for victory, and through this prayer Don Juan\’s forces were victorious.
At many Dominican houses, it is the custom to bless and distribute roses on this feast, and our chaplain, Fr. John Lydon, OP, has been doing this.
Father invited the people attending our Mass and us, too, to select a blessed rose to take with us.
We thank Father for the roses he so graciously blessed, and for his beautiful Mass, too!