October 12, 2019 – St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish/ Jasper Christian Gambito. October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary. In relation to this, a month-long dawn procession is being held along the vicinity of the St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish. It is also in this month that the Philippine Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary – La Naval de Manila. It is claimed that the victory of the Spanish Naval fleet in the Battles of La Naval de Manila against the Dutch was due to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1646. Currently housed at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, a procession is being held every second Sunday of October to commemorate the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary in combating the threat of Dutch invasion and Protestant heresy as well.
Pope St. Pius V, in his bull entitled ‘Consueverunt Romani Pontifices,’ mentioned that the rosary is a tool to dispel the darkness of heresy and for the faithful to attain conversion. Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical ‘Supremi Apostolatus Officio’ stated that ‘the efficacy and power of this devotion [to the holy rosary] was… exhibited in the sixteenth century, when the vast forces of the Turks threatened to impose on nearly the whole of Europe the yoke of superstition and barbarism.’ Due to the countless favors that the faithful received through the intercession of the Holy Mother, Leo XIII ‘earnestly exhort[ed] all Christians to give themselves to the recital of the pious devotion of the Rosary publicly, or privately in their own house or family.’ He also desired that the whole month of October be consecrated to the Holy Queen of Rosary.