October 7, 2012

Feast of Our Lady of Victory

La colonna spezzata, Napoli
(Photo by New York Scugnizzo)
October 7th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Victory, a celebration of the victory over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The victory was attributed to the praying of the Rosary. In commemoration I'm posting "Mother of the Rosary" from Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated by Peppino Ruggeri.(*) The accompanying photo of La colonna spezzata (broken column), a monument to lost sailers, was taken at Piazza Vittoria (Victory Square) during my 2010 pilgrimage to Naples.

Mother of the Rosary

Of Heaven you are our Grand Lady
With Jesus our defender you have been
I saw a precious rose and a white lily
Mother and son for ever blessed be.

Oh dear Mother of the Rosary
Give me council and your favor grant
Oh Mother of the Word who is incarnate
From the pains of hell please liberate.

(*) Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated into English by Peppino Ruggeri, Legas 2009, p.127