What Roman Catholics Need to Know About the Power of the Most Holy Rosary
The Blessed Virgin Mary Giving Saint Dominic the Powerful Most Holy Rosary
How did the Feast of the Holy
of the Blessed Virgin Mary come about?
Our Blessed Mother has given us timeless Spiritual weapons of warfare against Satan and his legions of Devils and their human agents! The Holy Rosary is one such example!
The Most Holy Rosary was given to Father Saint Dominic Guzman, O.P. [b Calaroga, Old Castile in 1170 A.D. - d. Bologna, Italy in 1221 A.D.] by the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.
The Feast Day of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, October 7 (transferred to October 8 when the feast falls on a Sunday), came about as a result of winning both a Spiritual and temporal battle against the human agents of Satan in the 16th Century!
The final and decisive battle is known in history as the Battle of Lepanto.
The Gulf of Lepanto is off the coast of Greece. In 1571 A.D. the followers of Mohammad, a.k.a. Mohammadans/Moslems (Muslims), Islamics, etc., etc., etc., tried to get revenge for their previous defeats in the West in the preceding centuries, especially their defeats in Portugal and Spain. They decided to attack Western Europe. Lepanto was occupied by the Mohammadan/Moslem Turks in 1498 A.D.
The Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572] recognized this danger. He realized that this was not simply a struggle between rival nations, but rather a real menace for Catholics in Western Europe. This explains why he worked for both a Spiritual and a temporal mobilization of Faithful Catholics to fight off this savage invasion!
He specifically asked that on the First Sunday of October Faithful Catholics pray the Most Holy Rosary and that the members of Rosary Confraternities would walk in processions while praying the Holy Rosary in order to beg the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary for help and victory. He also asked that each combatant for the Western Coalition be provided with a Rosary and that all of them recite the Holy Rosary in order to get protection and victory from the Queen of the Holy Rosary.
The Western Coalition consisted of the combined Papal, Spanish, Venetian, and Genoese fleets, under Don Juan of Austria which were totally victorious over the Moslem-Turkish fleet on October 7, 1571 A.D. These 16th Century religious terrorists had 208 galleys and 66 small ships. The Roman Catholic fleet had fewer vessels.
The Roman Catholics lost 17 ships and 7,500 men. The total Mohammadan terrorists losses were 15 infidel ships sunk and 177 infidel ships seized. Plus, between 20,000 to 30,000 Mohammadan terrorists were captured while between 12,000 to 15,000 Catholic slaves were freed. They had been slaves on these infidel galleys and had been forced to be rowers for these ships.
Although this victory did not accomplish everything, because the infidels appeared the next year with a fleet of 250 ships at Modon and Cape Matapan, and battled the Roman Catholics in vain once again, October 7, 1571 A.D. was of great importance since it marked the first great defeat of the blood-thirsty savage pagan Mohammadan terrorists in a sea war.
Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V
The Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V attributed the victory to the Rosary more than to the armed forces and thus he ordered that the invocation “Help of Christians, pray for us”, be added to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On October 7, the Roman Catholic Pope, Saint Pius V, established the Feast of Our Lady of Victory in thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her magnificent victory at Lepanto.
The Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII, Ugo Boncompagni [May 13, 1572 - April 10, 1585], his successor, instituted the actual Feast Day of the Holy Rosary which was to be celebrated every year on October 7.
At first the feast was granted only to churches which had an Altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. But, in 1671 A.D., the Roman Catholic Pope Clement X, Emilio Altieri [Tuesday, April 29, 1670 - Wednesday, July 22, 1676] extended the observance of the feast to the country of Spain.
Another victory over the Mohammadan blood-thirsty savages/terrorists gained at Peterwardein in Hungary by Prince Eugene on the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows, Wednesday, August 5, 1716 A.D., led the Roman Catholic Pope Clement XI, Giovanni Francesco Albani [Tuesday, November 23, 1700 - Wednesday, March 19, 1721], to extend the Feast of the Holy Rosary to the entire Roman Catholic Church.
Victory of the
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Over the Mohammadan Terrorists
Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V
Attributed the Victory at Lepanto
to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
For The Catholic Defeat
of the Mohammadan Terrorists
At the Battle of Lepanto
Thursday, October 7, 1571 A.D.
The Gulf of Lepanto is a long arm of the Ionian Sea running from east to west and separating the Peloponnesian peninsula to the South from the Greek mainland to the North.
The Mohammadans were attempting to conquer all of Western Europe by the sword. On that fateful dawn of Thursday, October 7, 1571 A.D., Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V entered the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore) in Rome to pray the Rosary and to ask the Queen of the Holy Rosary to intercede with God for a Catholic victory over the Mohammadans. The Roman Catholic Pope was not alone, as a small contingent of Catholic Faithful accompanied him. At the request of the Roman Catholic Pope, the Holy Rosary continued to be prayed throughout Rome that day as the Catholic and Mohammadan fleets battled for control of Western Europe in the Gulf of Lepanto.
A miracle was needed because things had not been going very well. The reality was extremely bleak and victory seemed to be but a dream, a phantasm of the imagination.
Suleiman the Magnificent, a.k.a. Suleyman the Magnificent [b. on Tuesday, November 6, 1494 A.D. - d. on Monday, September 5 or on Tuesday, September 6, 1566 A.D.] was the tenth Osmanli Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and its longest-serving ruler. He reigned from 1520 A.D. to 1566. Under his command, the Ottoman Empire reached its zenith and became a world power.
Suleiman the Magnificent - a Mohammadan - was considered to be one of the principal rulers of Europe during the 16th Century. He was a rival of Emperor Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor [1519 A.D. to 1556 A.D.]; of Francis I of France [1515 A.D. to 1547 A.D.]; of even Henry VIII of England [1509 A.D. to 1547 A.D.]; and, of Sigismund II of Poland [1548 A.D. to 1572 A.D.].
Suleiman the Magnificent had personally led the Ottoman - a.k.a. Mohammadan - armies to reattack Belgrade in 1521 A.D. It was also under his leadership that the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem had been driven from their previous stronghold, the Isle of Rhodes, in 1522 A.D.
Suleiman, a.k.a. Suleyman, and his armies defeated the Hungarians at the Battle of Mohacs, a town on the right bank of the Danube River, 115 miles South of Budapest, in 1526 A.D. (Later, in 1687 A.D., another battle was fought between Muhammad IV [b. Thursday, January 2, 1642 A.D. - d. 1693 A.D.], the then current leader of the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks, and the Catholic armies, composed of Austrian and Hungarian forces commanded by Charles V, Duke of Lorraine - Charles Léopold Nicolas Sixte [b. Friday, April 3, 1643 A.D. - d. Tuesday, April 18, 1690], which soundly defeated the Mohammadans.)
Although Suleiman was not successful in his siege of Vienna in 1529 A.D., he and his armies annexed huge territories of North Africa as far West as Morocco and most of the Middle East. The Ottoman - Mohammadan - armies achieved naval dominance in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. The Ottoman - a.k.a. Mohammadan - empire continued to expand for a century after his death.
They had also established a strong foothold on the north coast of the Black Sea which was the proverbial gateway to all of Western Europe itself.
With covetous eyeballs, the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks continued to eye Western Europe. To this end, they had constructed a fleet of 181 ships which carried 30,000 soldiers. This fleet was headed towards the island of Malta in an attempt to plunder and sweep all the ships of Catholic Western Europe from the Mediterranean Sea so that, once they controlled the trade routes and sea lanes in the Mediterranean, they felt certain that all of Western Europe would fall due to their superior naval and economic power.
During the Summer of 1565 A.D., the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, now the Knights of Malta, continuously repulsed the Mohammadan Turkish fleet which had laid siege to the island. Although the Mohammadan Turks were forced to withdraw in defeat, this did not end the threat from the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks.
Over in the Vatican in Rome, Italy, Cardinal Antonio-Michele Ghislieri became Roman Catholic Pope Pius V on Friday, January 7, 1566 A.D. He was a devout, pious, and austere Dominican Monk who was devoted to the Most Holy Rosary, of which the Dominicans (Order of Preachers) were the propagators from the time of their founder, Father Saint Dominic Guzman, O.P. [b Calaroga, Old Castile in 1170 A.D. - d. Bologna, Italy in 1221 A.D.]. Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V had a solid reputation for piety and austerity. As Cardinal Antonio-Michele Ghislieri, he had been a teacher of Scholastic Philosophy and Thomistic Theology for 16 years. Upon ascending the Papacy, he continued to lead the life of a simple monk, living a real Spiritual Life based upon the Virtues of Humility and Meekness, contrary to the opulence of many of his predecessors.
As many Roman Catholics were well aware in those days, so also Roman Catholic Pope Pius V was likewise concerned about how to defend Western Catholic Europe from the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks. Just as his Catholic contemporaries, so also the Pope also knew full well that the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks were not just going to dematerialize into their prayer rugs. They wanted to conquer all of Western Catholic Europe as was evidenced by their continued incursions into the Eastern borders of Western Europe. Even the Papal States were a target.
In 1570 A.D., when Cyprus was attacked again, the Pope called upon the “The Holy League” which was composed of the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights of Malta, the Papal States, the Republic of Venice, the Republic of Genoa, and Spain, to address the continued threats from the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks. It was past time for Roman Catholics to take offensive action.
A Catholic naval fleet was assembled under the overall command of Admiral Don Juan of Austria [b. Regensburg (Ratisbon), Bavaria, Germany, on Monday, February 24, 1547 A.D. - d. Sunday, October 1, 1578 A.D.]. Although he was only in his twenties, Admiral Don John was a very capable naval commander.
Admiral Don Álvaro de Bazán
The Spaniards were led by Admiral Don Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz de Mudela [b. at Granada, Spain on Sunday, December 12, 1526 A.D. - d. 1588 A.D.]. He was of an ancient family that originally settled in the valley of Baztan in Navarre, from which they are said to have taken their name.
During the operations which preceded and followed the Battle of Lepanto on Thursday, October 7, 1571 A.D., Bazán was always in favor of the more energetic course. In the battle he commanded the reserve division, and his prompt energy averted a disaster when Uluj Ali, who commanded the left wing of the Turks, outmaneuvered the commander of the Christian right, Giovanni Andrea Doria, and broke the allied line. In 1572 A.D. he accompanied Admiral Don Jon of Austria in the taking of Tunis, freeing it from the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks.
The Genoese were led by Giovanni Andrea Doria or D’Oria [b. at Genoa in 1539 A.D. - d. in 1606 A.D.], second Prince of Melfi, Admiral at the service of the Viceroys of Naples and Sicily. He was the Great-Nephew of Andrea Doria or D’Oria [b. Friday, November 30, 1466 A.D. - d. Friday, November 25, 1560 A.D.] who was a Genoese condottiero (a mercenary leader employed by Italian city-states from the late Middle Ages until the mid-sixteenth century) and Admiral, with whom he is often confused.
The Venetians were commanded by Agostin Barbarigo and Sebastian Venier, a.k.a. Sebastiano Veniero [b. c. 1496 AD. - d. Friday, March 3, 1578 A.D.] who was later the Doge of Venice from 1577 A.D. to 1578 A.D.
Admiral Don Juan,
a.k.a. Admiral Don John
The fleet under Admiral Don John’s very capable command included 300 ships, with over 100 galleys and 30,000 men.
It had been supplied by Philip II of Spain [b. at Valladolid, Spain on Saturday, May 21, 1527 A.D. - d. on Sunday, September 13, 1598 A.D.].
Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V had 12 Papal/Tuscan galleys hired by the Papal States, 3 galleys each from Genoa, Malta, and Savoy, outfitted and supplied.
The Roman Catholic Pope also funded many of the others.
The Venetian contingent included 105 galleys, manned in part by additional Spanish soldiers. In the Venetian fleet were six galleasses (converted merchant galleys).
Heavier, broader, and much slower than conventional galleys, they were nonetheless technologically advanced - the heavy gun platforms and battleships of their day.
There were also a number of several privately-owned galleys, most or all of which joined with the “The Holy League” to put an end to the attempt by the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks to control the profitable Mediterranean Sea trade routes. The total included over 50,000 men who served the fleet as rowers,12,920 sailors, and another 30,000 men who were fighting soldiers. Of this number,10,000 were Spanish regular infantry of excellent quality, 7,000 German and 6,000 Italian mercenary contingents were from the various Habsburg dominions, under Spanish pay, along with 5,000 others, plus many volunteers.
The various Roman Catholic squadrons met Venice's main squadron under Admiral Veniero in July and August at Messina, Sicily in 1571 A.D. This included the galleasses which arrived on July 7, 1571 A.D. Admiral Don John arrived on August 23, 1571 A.D.
The Mohammadan Ottoman Turkish fleet of 240 galleys and 66 small ships was defeated by the combined Catholic fleets. Although the Catholics lost 17 ships and 7,500 men, a total of 15 Mohammadan Ottoman Turkish ships were sunk and the remainder were taken captive. In addition, over 25,000 Mohammadan Ottoman Turks were killed during this battle and over 4,000 of them were taken prisoner. Between 12,000 to 15,000 Catholic rowers, slaves on these Mohammadan Ottoman Turks galleys, were freed.
“The Holy League”, under the command of Admiral Don
John of Austria, annihilated the fleet of the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks
at the Battle of Lepanto on Thursday, October 7, 1571 A.D. in one of the
most decisive battles in naval history. This great victory dealt
the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks a blow from which they never recovered. This
battle ended the Mohammadan Ottoman Turks naval threat in the Western Mediterranean
and with it the threat to conquer Western Catholic Europe and force conversions
to Mohammadanism by the sword as they had done in other places in the past.
This period of peace for the West also began a long period of decline for
the Mohammadan Ottoman Turkish evil Empire.
Pope Saint Pius V Saw the Victory of the
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary at the Batttle of Lepanto
This explains why the Vatican Archives also records how, later during that same day, Thursday, October 7, 1571 A.D., when Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V was in a meeting with some Cardinals, he suddenly looked up and said:
“A truce to business! Our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Catholic army.”Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V then went to the window and saw a vision of this great victory!
In thanksgiving to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary for this miraculous triumph, Roman Catholic Pope Saint Pius V made the first Sunday of October the Feast Day of the Most Holy Rosary. The Feast Day was later changed to the actual day, October 7. He also added the supplication “Help of Christians” to the Litany of Loreto. He was hoping to put an end to the power of Mohammadanism by forming a general alliance of all of the countries of Western Europe and had begun negotiations for this purpose when he died.
The Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Central Stone Panel
The central stone panel in the lower half of the photograph of an interior wall of the front of the Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli contains an inscription which commemorates The Battle of Lepanto.
Translation of the Inscription:
To Jesus Christ author of mankind’s salvation that Pius V, a high minded Supreme Pontiff, having made an alliance with Philip II, King of the Spanish, and with the Venetian Republic, defeated Selyman the Tyrant of the Turks at Lepanto (Islands of Echinadas) in a naval battle greater than any in human memoryIt is interesting to note that there is no reference in the inscription to Admiral Don Juan of Austria. Why? Because Mark Anthony Colonna was the Admiral in command of the Papal fleet, which constituted only a part, and be no means not even the largest part, of the Catholic Holy League. But, because he was the Admiral of the Papal fleet, it is only right that he would have been honored in Rome.
[ * S * P * Q * R * is an anagram which means:]
The Senate and the Roman People
On the return of Mark Anthony Colonna, Admiral of the Pontifical Fleet, in thanksgiving with the support and thanks of every social order, the reception committee decorated this edifice with the golden paneled ceiling and with the standards of the enemy
In the year of salvation 1586
Our Lady of Victory at Lepanto
In the ceiling of the Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Ceiling of the Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Historically, the Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, which has the central stone panel which contains an inscription which commemorates The Battle of Lepanto, was the medieval generalate house for the Franciscan Order.
Santa Maria in Ara Coeli means Saint Mary of the Altar of Heaven. This Catholic Church is built over the shrine of Juno Moneta, who is the pagan patron goddess of Rome.
Tradition has it that Caesar Augustus received the prophecy of the Tiburtine Sibyl concerning the coming of the true Christ.
According to this legend, the Emperor Augustus, disturbed by rumors that the Senate was about to honor him as a god, consulted the Tiburtine Sibyl, who prophesied the descent from the skies of “the King of the ages.”
As she spoke, the Emperor beheld a marvelous vision – the Blessed Virgin Mary standing on an Altar in a dazzling light and holding the baby Jesus in her arms. It was then that the Emperor heard a voice which said:
“This is the Altar of the Son of God.”Of course, the Emperor immediately raised an altar on the site, the Ara Coeli - the Altar of Heaven.
Later that altar became the location for a Catholic Church to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is why it was fitting that, after the victory of Our Blessed Mother at Lepanto, it became a place to honor Mary for her protection of Christendom and the winning of the great battle of Lepanto.
Close-Up of Our Lady of Victory at Lepanto
In the ceiling of the Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Non arma, non vires, non duces,
sed unice Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii fecit nos victores.
Not arms, nor men, nor commanders,
but the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary alone made us victors.
Deo Gratias et Mariae.
Thanks be to God and Mary.
Semper Deo Gratias et Mariae.
Always be thanks to God and Mary.
Thus the Queen of the Holy Rosary Triumphed over the
Crescent of Mohammadanism, a.k.a. Islam, Moslemism, etc. by Whatever Names they use!
So then the first Colonists to the United States in the 16th Century, and especially the 17th Century, who were from Western Europe, were Christian Catholics and Protestants, not Mohammadans.
The same is true for the founding Fathers of the United States of America and why America was founded upon Christian teachings and why the founding Fathers considered the United States to be a Christiannation under God.
Just as the devout, daily recitation of the Most Holy Rosary saved Western Europe from the Mohammadan Terrorists, so also today, the devout, daily recitation of the Most Holy Rosary can save the United States of America from all Terrorists and enemies of the United States of America - whosoever they may be, whether they are within the United States Government, or currently freely living, and plotting, in many parts of the U.S.A. as recent savage killings attest, e.g. in San Bernardino at a CHRISTmas Party!
NOW is the time for action!
When Communist tanks start rumbling down
YOUR street, it will be too late!
PLEASE JOIN WITH US IN PRAYING
THE HOLY ROSARY EVERY DAY!
TERRIBLE EVILS ARE ABOUT TO BE UNLEASHED!
THESE EVILS WILL COME UPON YOU
AND YOUR FAMILY AND ALL CATHOLICS
UNLESS YOU FOLLOW GOD'S PEACE PLAN
WHICH INCLUDES THE MOST HOLY ROSARY!
But these evils can be prevented
by following God's Peace Plan
which includes the Daily Rosary!
PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY!
REPENT OF YOUR SINS!
THE SOUL YOU SAVE WILL BE YOUR OWN!
"Unless you pray and do penance you will perish!"
(Roman Catholic Pope Pius IX,
Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
[Tuesday, June 16, 1846 - Thursday, February 7, 1878]
in answer to what is in the 2 Secrets of LaSalette)
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