Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer
One of the most well-known events in the Christian Bible is when Mary says “yes” to become the mother of God. Her “yes” changed the course of humanity, as a savior was brought into the world. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a son named Jesus, she exclaimed in Luke 1:38, “May it be done to me according to your word.”
Not only did Mary agree to follow God’s will, but her profound humility and faithful service to the Lord serves as an inspiration for all believers. Throughout the centuries, catholics have asked for Mary’s intercession and many of the Saints have also written about the unfailing prayers of our blessed mother.
A common misconception that many non-Catholics have is that Catholics worship Mary. While Catholics do honor and respect her as the Lord’s most faithful servant, all prayers and consecrations to our blessed mother are for her intercession. In other words, Mary helps lead the faithful closer to her son, Jesus, so each prayer offered to her is an offering to Christ. As St. Louis de Montfort states, “We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek- Jesus, her son.”
The Catholic Church honors Mary in many ways and has devoted multiple feast days and solemnities to honor her significant role as the mother of Christ. In fact, the month of October has been named as the month of the holy Rosary. The Rosary is the most popular Marian devotion in the Catholic Church, and Saint Pope Pius X remarks, “The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the heart of the mother of God.”
On Oct. 7, the Catholic Church celebrated the feast day of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, but the whole month is devoted to the Rosary. The feast day was first established on Oct. 7, 1571, as the feast of Our Lady of Victory by Saint Pope Pius V, when he called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. They were seeking to win a naval battle against the Ottoman Turks, who were a massive conquering force at the time. While the Christian navy was at a distinct disadvantage, after five hours of fighting, they won a decisive victory over the Ottomans. Thus, this feast of victory was created in honor of this major triumph.
Following in the footsteps of millions of others who pray the Rosary daily, a group of students on campus join each night to pray together. Freshman Rowan Carabba says, “Praying the Rosary every night with this group has given me a family at St. Martin’s.” Bringing their needs, intentions, and prayers together the students pray the Rosary and ask for the intercession of our blessed mother. In Matthew 18:2, Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”
Students of all faith practices and beliefs are more than welcome to come experience the joy, peacefulness, and grace that the Rosary brings. The group meets every night at 10:00 pm in the Spangler prayer room. Junior Tyler Snook extends this message to the entire St. Martin’s community: “Whether you know it or not, Our Lady loves you very much, so please come join us in honoring her.”