Today, 7th October 2021 - 450 years after the Battle of Lepanto, we remember the very important Devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary. But why is the celebration of this very important Virgin Mary taking place on the same day as the famous battle? To understand this, we should take a step back to the Cypriot town of Famagusta.
Today, the 29 September, while celebrating the Feast of the Archangels and waiting for 2 October - day dedicated to the guardian angels -, let us briefly analyse the role and description of these extraordinary beings - the angels - in the sacred texts. Angels are increasingly present in the beliefs of people, even non-Christians, and they are God's creatures.
A very ancient symbol, present even before Christianity, the Cross is a geometric figure made up of two lines or bars, one horizontal and one vertical, which cross each other at right angles.
An indispensable element of the Bible, water is considered in the Old and New Testaments as a symbol of Purification and Rebirth. In the Bible, the theme of water recurs several times and Its function is however ambivalent ..
Alone or in company, in Church or at home, praying the Rosary every day becomes a moment of peace and serenity.
But when should you pray the Rosary?
There is no specific time to entrust yourself to the care of the Blessed Virgin. Any time of the day becomes the perfect time. A biblical meditation, the Rosary prayed in an authentic way helps us to preserve the events experienced by Jesus in the company of Mary, keeping them in our hearts.
If the question is legitimate and frequent among many believers and non-believers, the answer is much more complicated. According to some, the number would be around 9,000. Some others say there would be as many as 20,000. What is certain is that since 1588, the number of saints has reached 1,726.
What is surprising is the small number of canonisations carried out in the period from 1592 to 1978, the number being only 302.