The 7th of October marks the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and in our diocese (Ossory) this feast is celebrated as a first class feast of the Dedication of the Cathedral in Kilkenny under Our Lady's patronage.
The Battle of Lepanto, 1571
Originaly celebrated under the title of 'Our Lady of Victory' the feast later become known as 'Our Lady of the Rosary', under which powerful prayer we have been many times been assisted by Heaven.
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia:
Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
A reminder for us all to say the Rosary everyday so that our lives may become examples of conversion and peace!