Forged by WAR: The 3 Battles in the Rise of the Rosary
by HHAMBROSE on Oct 25, 2011
Listers: The Rosary. What comes to mind? Pious grandmothers, humble priests, and rear view mirror decor? Most of us do not think of war; however, the rise of the rosary from a personal revelation to St. Dominic to a universal devotion was one spattered in blood, last hopes, and military victories.
1. Battle of Muret – First Accredited Military Victory of the Rosary
According to Alan de la Roch, a dominican, Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic in 1206. She praised his work against the Albigensian heresy, and gave him the rosary.
The Albigensian Heresy – A neo-Manichæan sect that flourished in southern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The name Albigenses, given them by the Council of Tours (1163) prevailed towards the end of the twelfth century and was for a long time applied to all the heretics of the south of France.
The Albigensians, in short, were pro-suicide, marriage hating, child killing, pro-concubinage, dualists.
In 1213, the Crusaders engaged in battle with the heretics and emerged victorious. The Battle of Muret is the first military victory attributed to the rosary.
2. The Battle of Lepanto – The Most Significant Naval Battle Since the Birth of Christ
Don John of Austria is going off to war!
On October 7th 1571 the Holy League of Europe – led by the bastard of Emperor Charles V, Don John of Austria – met an invading Ottoman naval force in the seas of western Greece. Over a 100,000 men and over 400 ships waged war upon those choppy seas in the Battle of Lepanto. What was at stake? If the Crusaders lost, then southern Europe – and arguably all of Europe – was open to an Islamic-Ottoman invasion. And while Don John fought upon the waters, Pope Pius V called all the Church to gather and pray the rosary.
Victory. The Crusaders lost 7,500 men and 17 ships. 20,000 to 30,000 Ottomans were either captured or wounded. In what would come to be recognized as their greatest naval loss in over a hundred years, the Crusaders sunk 15-50 ships and captured 130-177 ships. Don John of Austria also freed over 15,000 Christian slaves who had been used to row the Ottoman ships.
Convinced by the salvation of Europe from Islamic invasion, Pope Pius V instituted what was originally known as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, but became known later as the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
G.K. Chesterton wrote poem in honor of the Battle of Lepanto.
The feast was very localized, but in 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain.
3. The Victory of “Our Lady of the Snows” – Feast of the Rosary Becomes a Universal Celebration
During the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows, Prince Eugene defeated the Turks on August 6th 1716. The battle took place at Peterwardein in Hungry. Once again, the victory thwarted the Turks from entering Europe by land and sea during a time of political and religious unrest amongst Europe. The Pope sent Prince Eugene a blessed hat and sword.
Whereas Pope Clement X had called for all Spain to celebrate the Feat of Our Lady of the Rosary, Clement XI – convinced by Prince Eugene’s victory – called for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary to be celebrated by the Universal Church.
Pray the Rosary Listers, it has the power to change civilization.
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