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Week of Prayer

ON THE ROMAN Calendar, to-day is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It was a local feast that grew to the entirety of the Western Church. But it is also the Anniversary of the Defeat of the Muslim Turks at Lepanto, in 1571 and so is called the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.

Last Sunday (the 1st), on the Orthodox Calendar, was the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God commemorating a 10th century apparition of the BVM in Blachernae.

These two feast seem to be to be analogues. And coming within a week of each other they form a seemingly logical period of prayer and intercession for Christians - of all denominations - who stand in need of the Blessed Virgin's intercession. Go from 29 September, with the Feast of Michaelmas, including the feast of the the Holy Guardian Angels on the 2nd, and we've got a right handy ready-meade novena for protection.

Granted, this is irrelevant until next year. Maybe we can breathe with both lungs.

Auxilium Christianorum, O.P.N.!



Huw Raphael | 2006.10.07:1135 (@733) | Saints & Days
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From: Benjamin Andersen | 2006.10.07:1751 (@993)

"These two feast seem to be to be analogues."

Very interesting. This has never occured to me. Many thanks!


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From: mike | 2006.10.08:2101 (@126)

I didn't know about the Orthodox feast. I love the pairing. Next year even if it's not in Jerusalem.


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From: Huw Raphael | 2006.10.08:2118 (@137)

So we got two. Mike I'll promote it if you will.


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From: mike | 2006.10.08:2305 (@212)

Count me in.

From: William Tighe | 2006.10.09:1233 (@773)

The Western feast was originally "Our Lady of Victory" in honor of Lepanto, but after the deliverance of Vienna from the Turks in 1683 it became "Our Lady of Victories."


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