Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?
October has many traditions. There’s post-season baseball, tailgating at football games, apple picking and, of course, Halloween. But most importantly, there is the Rosary.
As decreed by Pope Leo XIII, October is the Month of the Rosary. For Knights of Columbus, this has a special significance. When a man joins our Order, he receives a Knights of Columbus rosary – at 1.9 million members, that’s a lot of rosaries. And praying the rosary is an activity that our members do communally as part of council life.
According to Catholic traditions, St. Dominic was given the rosary by the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1214 in the Monastery of Prouille.
Since then, it has become one of the Catholic Church’s powerful tools of prayer. But why pray the Rosary? Here are 5 of them. One for every decade.
1) The Blessed Mother gave us 15 Promises if we prayed the rosary;
2) To obtain world peace;
3) Time to reflect on the Gospel mysteries;
4) Spiritual healing;
5) Prayer works!
The reason why October is the Month of the Holy Rosary is due to the power of prayer.
In 1571, Pope St. Pius V organized a group of Christian forces, known as the Holy League, in defense of an imminent invasion by the Ottoman Empire. Before a battle with the Ottoman fleet in the Gulf of Patras, in the Ionian Sea, the pope called on all of Europe to pray the rosary for victory. These prayers were answered, with the Holy League defeating the much larger Ottoman forces on October 7 at the Battle of Lepanto.
To commemorate the victory, Pius V established the feast day of “Our Lady of Victory” – also known as Our Lady of the Rosary.
Links Related to this week’s column:
- 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PRAY THE ROSARY
Knights of Columbus online article (10/3/2018)
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