October the month of the Rosary

Adapted from; Messenger of Mary Immaculate magazine-September-October 2017  issue

OctOur lady of the Rosaryober is traditionally known as the month of the Holy Rosary. This is the month when we beseech our Mother to bring us closer to Jesus through praying the Rosary more. This tradition has no clear origin. However, it is connected to the October 13th of the 1917 when the last of the monthly Marian apparitions took place in Fatima, Portugal. These apparitions for Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta had started in May 13th of the same year. Other sources connect October with the feast of our lady of the Rosary which falls on October 7th.

Initially, the feast was known as of that of our Lady of Victory. This was as a result of a Christian military victory in the battle of Lepanto of 1571. It is until 1573 that Pope Gregory XIII named it as Our Lady of the Rosary. Subsequently, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was celebrated as a feast of the universal Church for the first time in 1716. In the recent times, we have witnessed the feast of Saint John Paul II (October 22) who is a celebrated devotee of Mary. October also begins with the memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. The French Carmelite once wrote that she was drawn especially to Mary, not so much because she is Queen of Heaven, but because she is our mother. We are therefore invited to meditate with Mary the mysteries which she as a mother meditated on in her heart (Luke 2:11)

As a Church, we have dedicated Sunday 22nd October 2017 for special prayers for our country, Kenya. All the Masses will be dedicated to that noble intention and will have Rosary prayer procession to invoke our lady of the Holy Rosary to intercede for our country. The procession will be led by the animating group, starting from the Church then along city hall way, through Wabera street, Cardinal Otunga Road then back to the Church, concluding with the litany of Mother Mary at the Marian Grotto.