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Our Lady of the Rosary – Saint of the Day – 7th October


This Memorial commemorates the battle of Lepanto (7th October 1571), when a Christian fleet defeated the Turks. The victory was attributed by Pope St Pius V to the recitation of the Holy Rosary. This great Marian prayer is sometimes traced back to St Dominic and his confrères, preaching against the Albigensian heresy in the thirteenth century.

St Francis of Assisi – Saint of the Day – 4th October


In a deserted chapel, dedicated to San Damiano, St Francis knelt before the icon of Jesus on the Cross. Here, he heard a voice telling him to repair God’s house. First, he thought that he was to restore the chapel, which was crumbling down. Then he realised that the entire Church community was crumbling down, and that preaching the faith was of the utmost importance. This discovery changed his life completely.

Tips on Praying the Rosary


Do you struggle to pray the Rosary? Fr Lawrence Lew OP, Promotor General of the Rosary for the Order of Preachers, offers advice from his own experience of praying the rosary, guiding you in your prayer to become more like Mary in faith, hope, and love.

Inspiring Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary


Meditate on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary with this collection of inspiring meditations, featuring the Joyful Mysteries based on the Fatima message, the Luminous Mysteries based on the Divine Mercy devotion and extracted from St Faustina's Diary, the Sorrowful Mysteries written by Pope Francis, and the Glorious Mysteries as composed by St Josemaria Escriva.