October 7

October 7

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary. This commemoration derives from the feast of Our Lady of Victory, instituted by Pope St. Pius V following the victory of the Christian fleet against the Ottoman Turks in the naval Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.

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Mass Readings

First Reading – Gal 3:7-14

Brothers and sisters: Realize that it is those who have faith who are children of Abraham. Scripture, which saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, foretold the good news to Abraham, saying, Through you shall all the nations be blessed. Consequently, those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham who had faith. For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, Cursed be everyone who does not persevere in doing all the things written in the book of the law. And that no one is justified before God by the law is clear, for the one who is righteous by faith will live. But the law does not depend on faith; rather, the one who does these things will live by them. Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree, that the blessing of Abraham might be extended to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 111:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. 5)

R. The Lord will remember His covenant for ever.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights. R.

Majesty and glory are His work,
and His justice endures forever.
He has won renown for His wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD. R.

He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will forever be mindful of His covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of His works,
giving them the inheritance of the nations. R.

Gospel – Lk 11:15-26

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, He drives out demons.” Others, to test Him, asked Him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. “When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

Featured Saints

St. Mark of Jerusalem, bishop (†second century). First bishop of Gentile origin to occupy the See in Jerusalem.

St. Palladius – Church of St. Palladius, Saintes (France)

St. Palladius, bishop (†c.596). Bishop of Saintes, France; he erected a basilica over the tomb of St. Eutropius and encouraged devotion to the saints in his diocese of Saintes, France.

St. Augustus, priest and abbot (†c.560). He suffered from swelling in the hands and feet, but was cured through the intercession of St. Martin.  He erected a community of monks dedicated to continual prayer, in Bourges, France.

St. Justina, virgin and martyr (†third/fourth century). Executed in Padua, Italy during the Diocletian persecution.

Blessed Jean Hunot, priest and martyr (†1794). He died in imprisonment, for being a priest, in the hold of a galley in Rochefort, France.

Blessed Martin Cid, abbitot (†1152). He abandoned the city to live in a grotto. When many followers gathered around him, he founded the monastery of Bellafuente in Valparaiso, Spain, and united it to the Cistercian Order.

Blessed José Llosá Balaguer martyr (†1936). Religious of the Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows killed near Valencia during the Spanish Civil War.

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