Our Lady of the Rosary

The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers we Catholics can pray. A lot has been written and preached about the rosary and it is an integral part of our Church History.

Our Lady of the Rosary

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This particular feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by St. Pius V because the Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto was attributed to the praying of the rosary.

Sadly, there is a lot of misconceptions about the rosary and it isn’t always an easy prayer to pray. It can seem monotonous at times but the purpose of the rosary is to mediate on the life, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus. When prayed properly, and in the right spirit, the rosary can lift our hearts and souls to God. In fact, the rosary is so important, there are 15 promises attached to the rosary (as Our Lady revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche).

By the way, are you familiar with the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary? It is also known as the Altar Rosary Society and is world-wide. Most churches have an Altar Rosary Society and if there is one in your area, you should consider checking them out. I recently found out about them and joined the group in my parish. They do a lot of wonderful things for the church, both physically and spiritually.

So, on this beautiful feast day, don’t forget to take time to pray this most efficacious prayer! For more information on this feast go here and here.

God bless!

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The Saints and Feasts in August 2015

August is upon us, so it is time for the monthly edition of “saints and feasts.” There are a lot of “good ones” this month with Saint Dominic, Saint Clare, The Transfiguration, The Assumption, and others!

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Without further ado, here they are (don’t forget the printable at the end of post):

Saints and Feasts

August 1:  St Alphonsus, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 5: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (optional memorial)

August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord (feast)

August 7: St. Sixtus II, Pope, and Companions, Martyrs (optional memorial)

August 7: St. Cajetan, Priest (optional memorial)

August 8: St. Dominic, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 10: St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr (feast)

August 11: St. Clare, virgin (obligatory memorial)

August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious (optional memorial)

August 13: Sts. Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (optional memorial)

August 14: St. Maximillian Kolbe, priest and martyr (obligatory memorial)

August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (solemnity)

August 19: St. John Eudes, priest (optional memorial)

August 20: St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 21: St Pius X, pope (obligatory memorial)

August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (obligatory memorial)

August 24: St. Bartholomew, apostle (feast)

August 25: St. Louis or St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (optional memorial)

August 27: St. Monica (obligatory memorial)

August 28: St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 29: The Passion of St. John the Baptist (obligatory memorial)

August 30: St. Jeanne Jugan, religious (not celebrated this year because it falls on a Sunday, but she is one of my favorite saints, so I had to mention her!)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Blessed Sacrament

August 3: Civic Holiday (Canada)