ELEISON COMMENTS DCCXCVII (October 22, 2022) : LEO’S ROSARY
October is the month of the Holy Rosary, as instituted in 1883 in the reign of Pope Leo XIII (1878- 1903),
himself a fervent devotee of this second most important prayer, after the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, in the
Roman Catholic Church. Between 1883 and 1898 he wrote 13 Encyclical Letters on the Rosary, almost
one every year, because he clearly considered it to be a major remedy for the growing evils of the modern
age in his day. The Rosary has not changed in nature since then. Those evils have only grown worse. Here
is why some English Catholics of the so-called “Resistance” are making a pilgrimage to the famous
English shrine of Walsingham in the county of Norfolk in one week’s time, as they have done for the last
two years, to pray a “Rosary Blast” under the ever greater threat of the third World War.
Meanwhile here is the briefest overview of those Encyclicals to see why the Pope of the Rosary, as one
may call him, gave to it such importance.
1883 : Supremi Apostolatus, an account of the great victories in history won by the Rosary, notably the
sea-battle of Lepanto in 1571, when a Catholic fleet defeated a far greater Muslim fleet, crippling for
years to come the Muslim threat to Christendom from the South-east (there is no question that if only
enough souls were praying seriously enough today the Rosary, Our Lady could prevent, or immensely
soften, the third World War – hence next week’s “Rosary Blast” – non-Catholics are welcome).
1884 : Superiori Anno, a request for the Rosary to be prayed for current problems in Italy, five Mysteries
before the Blessed Sacrament exposed, with the Litanies of Our Lady and Benediction.
1885 : Quod Auctoritate Apostolica, how the Rosary suits our age, is easy to perform, bears much fruit.
1886 : Saepe Numero, establishing the daily Rosary in Rome as an example for all dioceses to follow.
1887 : Vos Probe Nostis, how, once again, the Rosary can solve political problems, as nothing else can.
1889 : Quamquam Pluries, asking for resort to the Rosary against problems caused by Freemasonry.
1891 : Octobri Mense, a complete analysis of the Rosary, most important of Pope Leo’s Encyclicals on it.
1892 : Magnae Dei Matris, stating that the Rosary is “ a magnificent form of prayer, an effective way
to keep the faith and an outstanding model of perfect virtue.”
1893 : Laetitiae Sanctae, presenting the Rosary as a supernatural solution of social and political
problems. (This point cannot be emphasized too often for souls thinking that “prayer is only prayer.”
Prayer reaches God, especially through His Mother, and God is in supreme command of world events !
1894 : Jucunda Semper, how the Rosary is the summary of the whole Christian religion, through Mary.
1895 : Adjutricem Populi, how the Rosary’s final purpose is the Reign of Christ the King over all souls.
1896 : Fidentem Piumque, how we must fight for the Faith by not ceasing the Rosary prayed in common.
1898 : Diuturni Temporis summarises all Pope Leo’s 12 preceding Encyclicals on the Rosary.
Complete original texts of Papal Encyclicals in several languages can be found on the Internet at the
Vatican site : vatican.va/offices/papal_docs_list The abbreviations above draw heavily on the
October bulletin of a Society priest in France, accessible at email@example.com Thank you, Fr. Castelain.
The “Rosary Blast” begins, God willing, at 17h00, GMT + 1, Thursday, October 27 with the first of ten
complete rosaries, with the last at 9h00, GMT, on Sunday, October 30, followed by Holy Mass. Contact
the site firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information or details.
You really want to stop the third World War ?
Join in the “Blast”, to work by Heaven’s law !