St. Pius V (April 30) established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.The development of the rosary has a long history. First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary’s giving the rosary to St. Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as “the apostle of the rosary.” He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries (joyful, sorrowful and glorious). In 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Mysteries of Light to this devotion.
From AmericanCatholic.org http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1161
“My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady of Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, how might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God.” by Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima.
Message from Our lady of Fatima, Portugal, 1917 “Say the Rosary everyday… Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners… I’m Our Lady of the Rosary. Only I will be able to help you. When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your Mercy.
The 3 special events are the Feast Day of St Faustina which was Oct 5th and Oct 7th the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On the same day,Oct 7th,my husband’s son celebrates his birthday here with his Dad.We’ll begin with St Faustina since her feast day passed. The next 2 entries will be the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary and a birthday greeting.
Feast Day of St Faustina Kowalska Oct 5th
Blessed John Paul II the champion of the Divine Mercy Devotion[ born in the same city as St Faustina,Krakow]said,“The message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me.” In a sense, he said, it “forms the image of this pontificate.” On April 30, 2000, John Paul II canonized her as St. Faustina.
It was in 1937, a year before she died of tuberculosis, the 32-year-old nun had another apocalyptic vision of Jesus.
She wrote: “As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words: I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.”
From the Diary of St Faustina,http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diary-of-saint-maria-faustina-kowalska-in-burgundy-leather-st-maria-faustina-kowalska/1102219554?ean=9781596141896 Divine Mercy In My Soul“Notebook VI 1732
The Divine Mercy Devotion http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/mercy/