Our Lady of the Rosary

stained glass image of Our Lady of Victory in the funeral chapel of the Tomb of Rivière-Anglade, Henri Mathieu, 1900Also known as

  • Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
  • Our Lady of Victory



On Sunday 7 October 1571 the combined Christian fleets under Don John of Austria achieved a significant naval victory over the Turks in the Straits of Lepanto. Thousands of Christians were liberated, the Turkish fleet was destroyed, and they suffered their first great defeat at sea. In gratitude to God and Our Lady, Pope Saint Pius V ordered an annual commemoration to be made of Our Lady of Victory. In 1573 Pope Gregory XIII transferred the feast to the first Sunday of October with the title Feast of the Most Holy Rosary since the victory was won through invocation of Our Lady of the Rosary. In 1716 Pope Clement XII extended the feast to the whole Latin Rite calendar, assigning it to the first Sunday in October. Pope Saint Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913. In 1969 Pope Paul VI changed the name of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary.


MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of the Rosary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 January 2022. Web. 29 January 2022. <>