It all started in the year 1208, when Saint Dominic de Guzman, a medieval priest, received the rosary from Our Lady while continuously praying for three days and three nights in a forest near Toulouse, France. During this time, he did nothing but weep and ask forgiveness for his sins and the sins of people that belonged to his parish. It was at that time that Our Lady appeared, and introduced to him “the weapon which the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world”—the Holy Rosary. 

We celebrate the feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7. Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572) introduced the feast in the year 1571 to commemorate the miraculous victory of the Christian forces in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. 

The practice of dedicating the entire month of October to the Holy Rosary developed toward the end of the 19th century, with Pope Pius XIII leading the Church in 1884. That same year, he published Superiore Anno, an encyclical which was focused on the recitation of the holy rosary. In it, he called for the entire Church to dedicate the whole of the month to the rosary and pray it daily.

The Marist community takes part as well in the celebration of the Month of the Holy Rosary. The school’s annual Living Rosary, Marian exhibits, altar making contests, and other activities prepared by the Religion department are observed wherein selected Marist students, teachers, and personnel take part in these events. David Lumba


Mauriello, M. R. (n.d.). October, month of the rosary. University of Dayton.

Saint Dominic & the history of the Holy Rosary. (n.d.). Saint Therese.

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