Our Lady of the Rosary
Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary in relation to the Rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is October 7. It was formerly known as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.
Our Lady of the Rosary 
The title of Our Lady of the Rosary can be traced to a supposed apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic. According to Dominican tradition, in 1208, St. Dominic was in Prouille, France attempting to convert the Albigensians. Dominic was meeting little success until one day he received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool against the heretics. Though Mary's giving the rosary to St. Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic.
On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the children, "I am the Lady of the Rosary".
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Feast day 
Our Lady of Victory 
In 1571, Pope Pius V instituted "Our Lady of Victory" as an annual feast to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Lepanto. The victory was attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a rosary procession had been offered on that day in St. Peter's Square in Rome for the success of the mission of the Holy League to hold back Muslim forces from overrunning Western Europe.
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary 
In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of the "Feast of Our Lady of Victory" to "Feast of the Holy Rosary". This feast was extended by Pope Clement XI to the whole of the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1716, and assigning it to the first Sunday in October. Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913, as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy of the Sundays.
Our Lady of the Rosary is the patron saint of several places around the world and María del Rosario is a common female Spanish name (colloquially abbreviated to Rosario or Charo). Rosario can also be used as a male first name, particularly in Italian.
Churches named for Our Lady of the Rosary 
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary is located in Duluth, Minnesota. The cathedral church of the Diocese of San Bernardino, California is also named in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary on State Street in New York City began in 1883 as the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls; it houses the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Churches named for Our Lady of Victory 
Although the title Our Lady of Victory has been superseded to some extent by that of Our Lady of the Rosary, the former is still in popular use at a number of parishes and schools.
Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Paris is an historic Marian shrine and place of pilgrimage built by the Augustinian Fathers in 1629 with financial assistance from Louis XIII, who named the church Notre-Dame des Victoires in gratitude for the victory of French forces over the Huguenots at the Siege of La Rochelle (1627-8).
Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica is located in Lackawanna, New York. Our Lady of Victory is the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. The Church of Our Lady of Victory, also known as the War Memorial Church, in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City was dedicated to Our Lady of Victory by Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York and Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces on June 23, 1947 " ... in Thanksgiving for Victory won by our valiant dead, our soldier’s blood, our country’s tears, shed to defend men’s rights and win back men’s hearts to God." The chapel at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota is named for Our Lady of Victory, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
See also 
- Rosary#Churches named for the Rosary
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila, a statue venerated in the Philippines
- "Promoters of the Rosary", Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia
- Foley O.F.M., Leonard. Saint of the Day, Lives, Lessons, and Feast, (revised by Pat McCloskey O.F.M.), Franciscan Media, ISBN 978-0-86716-887-7
- Chiffolo, Anthony F., 100 Names of Mary
- Thurston, Herbert. "Feast of the Holy Rosary." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 2 May 2013
- EWTN on Battle of Lepanto (1571) 
- Gilbert Chesterton, 2004, Lepanto, Ignatius Press ISBN 1-58617-030-9
- Butler's Lives Of The Saints (April) by Alban Butler (1999) ISBN 0-86012-253-0 page 222
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, MN
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, San Bernardino, CA
- Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, State Street, NYC
- "Notre-Dame de Victoires", Eymardian Places
- Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica
- Our Lady of Victory Cathedral
- Our Lady of Victory Church, Manhattan
- "Our Lady of Victory Chapel", St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota
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