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October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary falls on October 7th. The Holy Rosary is a beautiful prayer, but it can be hard to introduce and teach it to kids. The rosary is long. The rosary takes time to pray. The rosary can be abstract for kids. So, why should we go through the trouble of teaching it to our kids? 

Ultimately, the rosary brings us closer to Our Blessed Mother. 

Our Blessed Mother brings us closer to her Son!

Having a relationship with Jesus and His Blessed Mother bring adults and kids peace and comfort.

Any time spent praying and discussing the rosary will be fruitful. Take time this month to introduce them to this beautiful devotion with my resources below.

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Why do we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary?

Our Lady goes by many titles – Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Blessed Mother are among her most famous. Our Lady came to the aid of Christian soldiers in the Battle of Lepanto, and, later, Pope Pius V instituted a feast in thanksgiving to Our Lady of Victory. Eventually, Pope Gregory XIII changed the name of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary to emphasize the power of Mary’s intercession in times of trouble.

The Battle of Lepanto and Our Lady of the Rosary

On October 7, 1571, a huge Turkish fleet prepared to attack Christian Europe. Genoa, Spain, and the Papal States formed an alliance called the Holy League to defend Christendom.

The Holy League and the Turks engaged in a famous sea battle known as “The Battle of Lepanto.” The battle took place in the Gulf of Lepanto in Greece.

At the time, Pope Pius V, a Dominican with a great love for Our Blessed Mother and the rosary, directed all of the faithful to pray the rosary. They all prayed specifically for the intention that the Christian fleet would defeat the Turkish fleet. Through Our Lady’s intercession, the Christians prevailed! The Holy League prevented Islam from spreading further into Christian Europe.

Be sure to also read about the incredible link between The Battle of Lepanto and Our Lady of Guadalupe here.

10 EASY Ways to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

1. Commit to praying a daily rosary as a family

If you have been meaning to start praying the rosary as a family, this is the month to do it! If you need help learning to pray the rosary, be sure to check out this post.

If you need tips for praying the Rosary with children, head on over to this post.


2. Play Battleship – Battle of Lepanto Style!

Here is a free printable and instructions for the game, Battleship. You just need a printer and some writing utensils to play!

Players should start the game by praying a Hail Mary together for a specific intention.

The winner shall be dubbed Captain of the Holy League!

3. Make a Rosary treat for Our Lady of the Rosary

liturgical tea party

We love a good liturgical tea party in our house, and we always need some themed treats! Here are some fun and tasty Rosary treats to try:

Our Lady’s Victory Vessels

Edible Rosaries – Homemade or store bought goodies will work work! You simply need 53 of one type for the Hail Marys, 6 of another flavor for the Our Fathers, and about 6 more for the cross! You could make an impressive version all out of cupcakes. You could do a smaller, simpler version with circular candies, cookies, berries/fruit, or cheese and crackers!

Rosary Cake

Rose Pops for Our Lady

Rose Shortbread Cookies if you are feeling very fancy and festive!

4. Make a Rosary

This one is great for toddlers and up – Pipe Cleaner and Pony Bead Rosary
This one is nice for older kids who want all 5 decades – String and Pony Bead Rosary

5. Take a Rosary walk

If the weather is nice, head out for a walk and pray the rosary together! If you live near the beach or a boardwalk, a rosary walk near the water would be memorable and appropriate for this day!

rosary walk

6. Read a book about the Rosary

This book about St. Dominic would be perfect to learn about the history of the rosary. Here is the ebook version as well:

St. Dominic: Preacher of the Rosary and Founder of the Dominican Order – eBook

We love the beautiful Vision Books saint series, and they also have one about Saint Dominic and the Rosary

This is a classic rosary book for children with meditations on each mystery: The Holy Rosary

7. Color a picture of Our Lady of the Rosary

Have some copies of this stunning coloring page ready for your kids and hang them up this month!

8. Dive into the history and/or geography of the Battle of Lepanto

I found some easy prep, free Battle of Lepanto history worksheets here. Probably best for older students, but can be adapted for younger children as well.

This looks like a cool geography study of the battle!

9. Read G.K. Chesterton’s Ballad that honored the Battle of Lepanto

Here is a link to the beautiful poem.

If you would like to unpack the poem a bit more, this informational mp3 looks sounds amazing and includes the full ballad as well.

Here is another book on Chesteron’s Lepanto.

10. Sing a Hymn to honor Our Lady

The Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) is our family’s favorite Marian Hymn, and we always end the rosary by singing it!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

There you have it! 10 easy and beautiful ways to honor Our Lady this October and celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! Do you have any other prayerful and fun ways to honor Our Lady? Please share them in the comments!

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