October, the Month of the Rosary
Dedicated to Our Lady

Leo XIII, the originator of the dedication of October as the Month of the Rosary

October, the month of the Rosary is dedicated to increasing the devotion of the recitation of the Rosary daily.

The month of October was dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary by Pope Leo XIII in 1883 as a means of encouraging the faithful to increase devotion to the Blessed Mother, thereby increasing our Faith.

Praying the Rosary daily is a good and holy practice. Knowing this, the Church encourages us to do so. Instituting the month of the Rosary dedicated to praying the Rosary is a great way to get more faithful into the habit of praying it daily.

The benefits of doing so are immense, documented so many times throughout history ~ one of the most famous being the Battle of Lepanto.

It makes sense that the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady because the Month of the Rosary contains Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct 7th.

This Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Celebrated on October 7th, was initially established as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory and then established to commemorate the victory over the Turkish Islams in the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571. Originally it was celebrated on the first Sunday of October, then later was moved to it's own feast day of October 7th. Read moreon the feast of the Holy Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto...

Pope Leo XIII wrote LOTS of encyclicals on the Rosary. The Supremi Apostolatus Officio was the one he wrote instituting the Month of October to be dedicated to Our Lady and the Rosary. The Rosary has long been the weapon Our Lady has asked us to use in the combat of evil throughout the world, and Pope Leo XIII knew the benefits of this devotion all too well and wanted to make it a universal 'habit' of the whole Church...to say the Rosary daily.

Supremi Apostolatus Officio ~ Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on the Devotion of the Holy Rosary (September 1, 1883)

The Rosary Of Mary: Translations Of The Encyclical And Apostolic Letters Of Pope Leo XIII

"Not only do We earnestly exhort all Christians to give themselves to the recital of the pious devotion of the Rosary publicly, or privately in their own house and family, and that unceasingly, but we also desire that the whole of the month of October in this year should be consecrated to the Holy Queen of the Rosary. We decree and order that in the whole Catholic world, during this year, the devotion of the Rosary shall be solemnly celebrated by special and splendid services. From the first day of next October, therefore, until the second day of the November following, in every parish and, if the ecclesiastical authority deem it opportune and of use, in every chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin--let five decades of the Rosary be recited with the addition of the Litany of Loreto. We desire that the people should frequent these pious exercises; and We will that either Mass shall be said at the altar, or that the Blessed Sacrament shall be exposed to the adoration of the faithful, Benediction being afterwards given with the Sacred Host to the pious congregation. We highly approve of the confraternities of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin going in procession, following ancient custom, through the town, as a public demonstration of their devotion. And in those places where this is not possible, let it be replaced by more assiduous visits to the churches, and let the fervor of piety display itself by a still greater diligence in the exercise of the Christian virtues."

To enhance your devotions during October, the month of the Rosary, we would like to encourage you to read this handy, very powerful book written by St Louis De Montfort, "The Secret of the Rosary", it is available in paperback, and a great rendition of it, unabridged, is available in an audiobook format, which will make it easy for you to maximize your driving time or any other time where you can listen to something but do not have the ability to read.

It contains inspirational stories of the Rosary and plenty of material for the enhancement of your meditations on each mystery.

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