Skip to comments."Don John of Austria is going to the war." ~ October 7, feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Posted on 10/07/2019 8:50:00 AM PDT by Antoninus
October 7 is the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary, formerly the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The date marks the 448th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto in AD 1571.
The Battle of Lepanto was a miraculous victory in which the combined ships of the Christian Holy League under Don John of Austria, defeated the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in a decisive battle that blocked Turkish imperial aggression from the western Mediterranean. Six years before in AD 1565, the Knights of Saint John had gained a similarly miraculous victory over the Turks at the Siege of Malta which prevented the invaders from establishing a base from which to attack Italy. With the triumph of Lepanto, Turkish sea-power would never again threaten western Christendom on such a scale and with such high hopes of success.
Prior to the Battle of Lepanto, Pope Pius V had enjoined all of Christendom (sadly fractured by the Protestant revolution) to pray the Rosary for the success of campaign. The sailors of Don John also recited the Rosary prior to the battle. The resulting victory was attributed completely to the intercession of our Lady.
The quote on this image is taken from G. K. Chesterton's poem, Lepanto, which reads in part:
But a noise is in the mountains, in the mountains, and I knowRead this entire work here at the American Chesterton Society website.
The voice that shook our palaces--four hundred years ago:
It is he that saith not 'Kismet'; it is he that knows not Fate;
It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey at the gate!
It is he whose loss is laughter when he counts the wager worth,
Put down your feet upon him, that our peace be on the earth."
For he heard drums groaning and he heard guns jar,
(Don John of Austria is going to the war.)
Sudden and still--hurrah!
Bolt from Iberia!
Don John of Austria
Is gone by Alcalar."
Or listen to a nice reading of the poem here done by the folks at Unam Sanctam Catholicam.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for the Church which is in distress!
not to be confused with Ron Jon.
or Don Juan. 8>)
I was in Austria last month. Our local tour guide grumbled that his country won WWI but their government surrendered. What does that remind you of? Another local in Germany: our country has not been independent since 1945.
Religion of peace, that's a joke.
What other religion/political/legal system would allow a man to divorce his wife just by saying he divorces her?
No recourse for the woman, and no complaints from the feminazis in the USA.
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