During this month of the Holy Rosary, Salesian Fr. T.C. George, director of Visvadeep, Kristu Jyoti College Bangalore has launched a Rosary Campaign for the persecuted Christians and persecutors of Christians in Orissa and in other parts of India!
“You can join this powerful prayer campaign by pledging yourself to say as many rosaries as you can during this month of October dedicated to the rosary,” says Fr George professor of Dogmatic Theology.
“Together with Mother of Jesus who, in the company of the apostles, awaited the descent of the Holy Spirit, we contemplate the salvific mysteries and pray for an outpouring of the same Spirit on our country, India. Let the Mother of God usher in a new era, a springtime for God’s reign on our land,” he adds.
Volunteers may join this campaign by emailing their pledges in the following format:
I would like to join the Rosary Campaign by praying … … number of rosaries for the persecuted Christians and persecutors of Christians in India.
Your name: ……………
Place (state/country): …………… to firstname.lastname@example.org .
“The rosaries said by you will be offered up during a special Marian Eucharistic celebration conducted on November 1, 2008, in Bangalore during which you will be specially remembered (for this reason we need your name) and will be lifted up to our loving God through the sacrificial offering of His Beloved Son Jesus Christ,” explains Fr George.
Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger.
More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order pope Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by pope Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later pope Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church.