Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

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The Dominican Order has the tradition of celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th.  The feast celebrates the the anniversary of the victory of the Christian fleet in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, defeating an Ottoman fleet off western Greece.  Pope Saint Piux V, a Dominican, had asked the faithful to pray the rosary to attain victory.  Therefore, he instituted the feast that was formerly called Our Lady of Victory.  Many Dominican monasteries have the custom of blessing roses in honor of the feast.