October 7: 2 Days Late, or 363 Days Early

Iron shield presented to Don John of Austria by Pius V., in recognition of his services to Christendom by the victory at Lepanto (1571), with an inscription signifying, Christ has won the victory; it is He who reigns and governs.

Iron shield presented to Don John of Austria by Pius V., in recognition of his services to Christendom by the victory at Lepanto (1571), with an inscription signifying, Christ has won the victory; it is He who reigns and governs.

October 7 is (was) the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, or alternatively, Our Lady of Victory, commemorating the Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto, possibly the largest naval battle in the history of the world, in which the Christians were vastly outnumbered and yet overcame the Ottomans. There is a very good narrative on the Battle here.

I also learned something from Fr. A that I had not heard before: there is a “New World” connection to the Battle of Lepanto. The “Right Division” of ships was commanded by Giovanni Andrea Doria, from Genoa. At the height of battle, Andrea Doria entered his stateroom to pray before an image given to him by King Phillip II of Spain — the image was a reproduction of the miraculous Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

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