Commemorates the response to the prayers of the rosary of the Blessed Virgin, notably the preservation of Europe from the Turks by the victory of Lepanto in 1511, after which Pope Pius V ordered a commemoration of the rosary on that day. Pope Gregory XIII allowed the observance of the feast of the Holy Rosary on the first Sunday in October in all churches having chapels or altars dedicated to the Blessed Virgin under that title. Pope Clement X granted it to all Spain, and Pope Clement XI extended it to the universal Church after the victory of Prince Eugene over the Turks at Peterwardein, Hungary in 1116. Pope Leo XIII inserted the invocation “Queen of the Most Holy Rosary” into the Litany of Loreto. On this feast in every church which has a rosary confraternity, a plenary indulgence is granted on certain conditions to those who visit the rosary chapel or a statue of Our Lady.
- “Feast of the Holy Rosary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2013. Web. 22 October 2016. <>