Our Lady of the Rosary. This commemoration derives from the feast of Our Lady of Victory, instituted by Pope St. Pius V following the victory of the Christian fleet against the Ottoman Turks in the naval Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. See also:Queen of the Rosary, Virgin of Victories; The Holy Rosary – Efficacious Weapon against God’s Enemies, and The Devotion of the Holy Rosary – Masterpiece of Catholic Spirituality, by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
St. Mark of Jerusalem, bishop (†second century). First bishop of Gentile origin to occupy the See in Jerusalem.
St. Palladius, bishop (†c.596). Bishop of Saintes, France; he erected a basilica over the tomb of St. Eutropius and encouraged devotion to the saints in his diocese of Saintes, France.
St. Augustus, priest and abbot (†c.560). He suffered from swelling in the hands and feet, but was cured through the intercession of St. Martin. He erected a community of monks dedicated to continual prayer, in Bourges, France.
St. Justina, virgin and martyr (†third/fourth century). Executed in Padua, Italy during
the Diocletian persecution.
Blessed Jean Hunot, priest and martyr (†1794). He died in imprisonment, for being a priest, in the hold of a galley in Rochefort, France.
Blessed Martin Cid, abbitot (†1152). He abandoned the city to live in a grotto. When many followers gathered around him, he founded the monastery of Bellafuente in Valparaiso, Spain, and united it to the Cistercian Order.
Blessed José Llosá Balaguer martyr (†1936). Religious of the Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows killed near Valencia during the Spanish Civil War.
First Reading – Acts 1:12-14
After Jesus had been taken up into heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.
When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Responsorial Psalm – Lk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-554-55 (R.49)
R. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” R.
“For He has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.” R.
“He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.” R.
“He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.” R.
“He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.” R.
Gospel – Lk 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name Him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David his father,
and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.