Tony Worner, Leader of Formation at St Agnes’ Catholic Parish, today reads from the Gospel of Luke (1: 26-38) in which the birth of Jesus is foretold. After reading the Gospel Tony shares a little about the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, which we celebrate today.Tony says, Pope Pius V first instituted this feast on a Sunday as Our lady of Victory in thanksgiving for the intercession of Mary in Christians winning the battle of Lepanto against a much stronger Turkish force. In 1573 Pope Gregory XIII changed the name to the Feast of the Holy Rosary and in 1913 Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October. In 1969, under the liturgical reforms of Pope Paul VI the title of the memorial day became Our Lady of the Rosary. The theme of the Gospels this week has focused on prayer. As we conclude today, Tony says let us pray, this simple, yet profound prayer, which is a significant part of the spiritual journey of the Christian life, the Hail Mary… Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
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