October is traditionally the month of the Rosary. This month I will focus on what the Rosary is and why Catholics pray it.
Why the Rosary for October? On Oct 7,1571, a huge naval battle was fought off the Bay of Lepanto. Christian ships were outnumbered, and loss of the battle, as well as an invasion of Europe was imminent. Pope Pius V urged all Catholics to pray the rosary to ask God's help in winning the battle, and entrusted the fleet to the Virgin Mary. The battle was won by the Christian fleet, and Pope Pius V declared Oct 7 the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, later changed to the Feast of the Holy Rosary.