|Blog by Margaret Uche|
This week we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Rosary! The Rosary is a Dominican heritage of which we should be proud of, and a tradition recognized in the Church.
The tradition tells us that our Blessed Mother gave the Rosary to St. Dominic. He then seriously asked God for a solution to the Albigensian heresy. Story has it that he used the Rosary to defeat the heresy that plagued his time.
On October 7, 1571 Dominicans began celebrating the feast honoring Our Lady of the Rosary.
Pope Pius the V, during a battle between Christian and Turkish forces in the gulf of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 asked our Blessed Mother to protect the Catholic lands and requested that Catholics to pray the Rosary. The ensuing Christian Victory was attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary.
In 1572 the pope allowed some celebrations of Our Lady of Victory on the first Sunday in October. Later in 1573 the feast was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary, and in 1716 the feast became a worldwide celebration.
Personally, I have experienced the treasures hidden in the Rosary and have received many graces. Among the things I have learned, when we pray the Rosary we are creating crowns and wreaths of heavenly roses which we place on the head of our Blessed Mother.
On many occasions when all seems so difficult, it was my trust in our Blessed Mother and her intercessions that helped me overcome great obstacles.
This week I celebrate this Dominican heritage, one which I am proud of. I am inspired by Father Dominic and the other great Dominicans who trusted in the Divine Providence. Through their love of our Blessed Mother they taught us to love and glorify her son Jesus.