October 07, 2006

ON OCTOBER 7 A.D. 1571, Christian Europe united to defeat another Muslim invasion.

October 7 is the Church's "Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary", a day originally named "Our Lady of Victory". The Church instituted this memorial to commemorate the anniversary of united Christian Europe's victory against a massive Muslim military invasion. On the day of the decisive "Battle of Lepanto", the Pope had the faithful join him in praying the Rosary.

I posted some of the following information a few weeks ago.

The lands washed by the Mediterranean Sea were all formerly Christian.

Then Islam happened, wiping out most traces of Christianity in the lands on the Southern, Eastern and Northeastern Shores of the Mediterranean ...
... before the Crusades ...
... provoking the Crusades ...
... causing the start of Crusades.

From North Africa, the Muslims invaded Spain in A.D. 711, exterminating, driving the Christians to flee to the northern extremes of Spain. Spain would fight for nearly eight hundred years to retake its land.

From Spain, the Muslim armies advanced into France, reaching as far as Tours and Poitiers in the middle of France. They were, however, defeated there in 732.

The first crusade was not launched until 1095. The last Medieval crusade ended with the defeat of Christian forces about 1290.

In 1453, the Muslims smashed the Christian kingdom at Constantinople, the heart of Eastern Christianity.

ON OCTOBER 7 A.D. 1571 (today is the anniversary), Christian Europe united at Lepanto to defeat yet another Muslim invasion. During the battle, the Pope and the faithful of Rome publicly prayed the Rosary. The commander of the Christian force carried a painted copy of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on board his ship in battle.

Muslim attempts at invasion continued, and in 1683 their attempt to take Vienna, Austria, failed.

So:
several hundred years of Muslim invasions before the Crusades,
and several hundred years of Muslim invasions after the Crusades.

The history of Islam in the West was violent aggression from the very beginning.

The terror continues.

¡Señora de Guadalupe, Señora de la Victoria, Señora del Rosario!
¡Ruega por nosotros!


5 Comments:

Blogger Ray from MN said...

Father

(Great Blog!)

Is that the actual original size of the tilma, or was it cut off at the top for some reason at some time in the past?

I've never seen an explanation as to why the "halo" does not envelop the entire image.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The tilma is kept in a picture frame. That is as much as shows through the frame.

The Virgin's body and clothing appear on the tilma without explanation. Under a microscope there is no paint, nor any molecule of dye, ink, or any other coloring substance. No physical matter of any sort accounts for the visibility of her body and clothing. The Virgin simply appears ... an ongoing apparition.

However, the "halo" the crescent moon, the rays, decorative elements are visibly applied or painted on. Some of the real gold particles used for the rays have flaked off. The silver used for the crescent moon has tarnished to black.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Interesting that the Virgin stands triumphant over a crescent moon. In our current troubles, that symbolism gives me hope - and makes me pray the rosary!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Father Stephanos,
Even Protestants (like myself) are thankful that people (like yourself) are speaking out for events like Lepanto. The image of the Virgin standing over the crescent moon is humbling and encouraging.

Thank you kindly, sir.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The symbols of the sun (the rays behind the Virgin), the moon beneath her feet, and the stars of her cloak are echoes of the Book of Revelation 12:1
"And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."

1:25 PM  

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