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Military Victories Through The Rosary

"Save, O Lord, thy people, and bless thy inheritance:
and rule them and exalt them for ever."
Psalm 27:9

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Military victories through the Rosary inspire great confidence in the awesome power of the Rosary. The history of the Rosary is filled with amazing military triumphs where those devoted to reciting the Rosary prayer were victorious despite great and often times insurmountable odds.

Below is a timeline of many of these military victories through the Rosary beginning in St. Dominic's time up through modern times.

You will quickly discover why the Rosary is beloved and depended upon by those serving in the armed forces...

The power of the Rosary should not be underestimated, especially now while parts of the world are at war.

Pray for the American Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pray that these complicated and controversial wars will be quickly won and added to the long list of military victories through the Rosary.

Nobody likes war and the sooner they are resolved, the better.

In fact, pray for all soldiers that they carry out their duties honorably and return safely to their families. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says...

"Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of the nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace."-Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2310

Many soldiers are devoted to the Rosary. It brings them peace when little else can during times of war.

Military victories through the Rosary motivate and inspire soldiers during times of war. Every soldier desires peace. This peace is only attained through the Rosary.

In addition to the Rosary, those in the military will benefit from these two great prayer books written specifically for them...

Wartime Prayer book The Wartime Prayer Book, by Fulton Sheen - written during WWII for Catholics in the military but is also suitable for all Catholics who are experiencing uncertain and dangerous times.
Catholic Prayer for the Marine Corps Catholic Prayer Book for the Marine Corps - also WWII era prayer book. This book isn't only for Marines. It has aided and comforted generations of young soldiers who have undergone terrible sufferings to keep the rest of us free.

Parents- If your child is enlisted in the armed forces, send him or her one or both of these prayer books. They also make great going away gifts for anyone you know that is joining the military.

Everyone must pray that there will be peace in the world.

The Rosary prayer has the power to save any nation and people no matter how great the struggles appear. These military victories through the Rosary prove that.

Trust in God and pray the Rosary in confidence and with fervor.

Trust and devotion to the Rosary is needed now more than ever.

The First Of Many Military Victories Through The Rosary

1213 - Victory of Muret

When the Christians were at battle against the heretical Albigensians, St. Dominic taught them to pray the Rosary.

The Christian army prayed before the battle of Muret. The triumph at Muret set the stage for a long history of military victories through the Rosary that would follow in the years to come.

The first chapel dedicated to the Rosary was later built here at Muret, France.

The book, St. Dominic: The Grace of the Word contains the history of St. Dominic including his role and the role of the Rosary in the victory of Muret.

Military Victories Through The Rosary

1627 - La Rochelle, France

When King Louis XIII went to war against the Huguenots, he asked his subjects to pray the Rosary with the victory of France as their intention.

The citizens weren't the only ones praying.

More than fifteen thousand rosaries were handed out among the soldiers.

The soldiers prayed aloud together at set times everyday.

King Louis' army was victorious and this battle is recorded as one of the miraculous and triumphant military victories through the Rosary.

Philip II Philip II by Thomas Walsh is about Europe's most powerful king and the pivotal events of this era. Covers the birth of Protestantism and the secret efforts to undermine Catholic unity, the Huguenot wars in France, the Sack of Rome, Great Siege, Battle of Lepanto, Spanish Armada, Council of Trent, and historical figures including: Henry VIII, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, St. Pius V, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and many more. Reads fast; never bogs down.

Military Victories Through The Rosary - Overcoming Militant Islamic Invaders

1571 - The Battle of Lepanto

The victory at Lepanto is the most famous and important of the military victories through the Rosary.

On October 7, 1571 the Turk's attempted to invade Christian Europe at Lepanto on the coast of Greece.

The Pope asked Catholics to pray the Rosary with the intention that the Turk's attack would fail.

The Christians were out numbered 3 to 1.

Thanks to the Rosary prayers and against all odds, the Christians were victorious, sinking 200 Turkish ships and killing 50,000 of their men.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is now celebrated on October 7th every year in memory of this miraculous victory.

This famed battle inspired G.K. Chesterton, a renowned author to write the poem entitled, "Lepanto" chronicling the exciting events of that day.

You can also listen to the story of Lepanto in the brand new CD set Lepanto: Battle That Saved The West. Christopher Check tells the exhilarating story of Lepanto, first in his own words and then through the poem of G.K. Chesterton.

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Military Victories Through The Rosary - Overcoming Militant Islamic Invaders

1683 - The Battle of Vienna, Austria

Once again the Turks tried to overtake Europe.

A small garrison led by a wounded general, desperately fought to hold the city of Vienna against 300,000 Turkish invaders. The power of the Rosary was demonstrated in their victory and the Turkish invaders were kept at bay. This battle too went down as one of the famous military victories through the Rosary.

The armies of Europe united and marched to their aid.

As they marched, they prayed the Rosary.

Once again the power of the Rosary was demonstrated in their victory and the Turkish invaders were kept at bay.

Military Victories Through The Rosary - Overcoming Militant Islamic Invaders

1716 - Peterwardein, Hungary

Even after their defeat in Vienna, the Turks continued to provoke Europe.

Once again, the people prayed the Rosary because military vicotries through the Rosary were proven and they knew how powerful it was. Prince Eugene of Savoy led the Christian armies to victory over the Turks.

At this time the Pope ordered that the universal Church celebrate the feast of the Holy Rosary in thanksgiving for the victories won due to the power of Mary through her Rosary.

Islam at the Gate
Islam at the Gates: How Christendom defeated the Ottoman Turks is a wonderful and historically accurate account of this period of history and includes "Europe’s pivotal, improbable pair of victories at Lepanto and Vienna, and the defeat of the last great Turkish offensive." Historian Diane Moczar, PhD is the most knowledgeable on the subject of the the Christian victories over the Turks.

Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know In one of her other books, Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know, you can read more about King Louis XIII and the Huguenots and other "surprising victories of the outgunned armies that thrust back the Moors, the Turks, and the barbarians — just when Christendom faced annihilation." This book also covers the famous Battle of Lepanto.

American Military Victories Through The Rosary

1815 - The Battle of New Orleans, America

The Triumph at New Orleans is the first of the military victories through the Rosary to take place American soil.

During the Revolutionary War, Andrew Jackson led a small army to victory despite being greatly out numbered.

What did he have to thank for this victory?

The Rosary.

During the battle many of the soldiers' families gathered and prayed the Rosary.

They were confident the power of the Rosary would bring victory despite the overwhelming odds and their faith was rewarded.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton If you are interested in the role catholics played in the founding of america and the revolutionary war a good place to start is with this book, Charles Carroll of Carrollton - Faithful Revolutionary. it tells about the life and times of founding father and roman catholic, charles carroll.

Modern Military Victories Through The Rosary

1945 - Hiroshima, Japan

A priest and seven others survived the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Japan and had devastating effects during the Second World War.

Even though they lived near ground zero, much to scientists amazement these survivors were free from all harm caused by radiation even years later.

What was different about this group of people compared to other nearby victims?

Devotion to the Rosary.

They prayed the Rosary together daily.

Description of Fatima: The Great Sign by Francis Johnston

"When the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima in 1945, eight men living near the blinding centre of the nuclear flash miraculously survived the searing hurricane of blast and gamma rays, while everyone within a mile radius perished and other residing further afield continue to die from the lethal effects of radiation.

For over thirty years, some two hundred scientists have examined these eight men, trying in vain to determine what could have preserved them from incineration. One of the survivors, Fr. H. Shiffner, S.J. gave this dramatic answer: 'In that house, we were living the message of Fatima.'"

More Modern Military Victories Through The Rosary

1955 - Austria

Facing the threat of Communist take over, the Austrian people prayed the Rosary to overcome what seemed like the inevitable.

Everyday for 7 years, many Austrians prayed the Rosary.

Then without cause, the Communists withdrew.

Fatima-The Great Sign Fatima: The Great Sign by Francis Johnston also recounts this military victory through the Rosary. Johnston sites many examples: Austria (1955), Brazil (1966), Chile and Portugal (1975). While no nation on earth seems able to stem the global advance of Communism (which our Lady had foretold with unerring accuracy in 1917), nevertheless, in those countries where people prayed the Rosary and headed the Fatima message, the Communist, even at the last moment, mysteriously halted and routed.

More Modern Military Victories Through The Rosary

1966 and 1975

Both Brazil in 1966 and Portugal in 1975 were spared Communist rule by through the Rosary's power and are considered a major triumphant military victory through the Rosary.

"In 1961 the stage was set to take over Brazil...But guess who thwarted this Communist takeover?

The women of Brazil with their rosaries!

"Without the women", said one of the leaders of the counterrevolution, "we could never have halted Brazil's plunge toward Communism."

"One night in mid-1962, Dona Amelia Bastos listened to her husband and a band of anti-Reds discuss the looming threat of Communism. I suddenly decided, she said, that politics had become too important to be left entirely to men...Moreover, who has more at stake what's happening to our country than we women?"

She formed CAMDE (Campaign of Women for Democracy): In Belo Horizonte 20,000 women reciting the rosary aloud broke up the leftist meeting there. In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the rosary in one of the most moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, sounded death knell of the Communist revolution.

These women with rosaries in their hands or around their necks, issued a 1300 word proclamation:

This nation which God has given us, immense and marvelous as it is, is in extreme danger. We have allowed men of limitless ambition, without Christian faith or scruples to bring our people misery, destroying our economy, disturbing our social peace, to create hate and despair. They have infiltrated our nation, our government, our armed forces and even our churches...

Mother of God, preserve us from the fate of suffering of the martyred women of Cuba, Poland, Hungary and other enslaved nations!"

-Excerpts taken from "The Power of the Rosary", pp. 31-32

The Power of the Rosary by Albert J.M Shamon is a hard book to find but we have found the best place that specializes in rare and out of print books. You can search for a copy of it here.

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Simply by praying the Rosary everyday, many nations beheld great military victories through the Rosary. The people found peace in their individual lives and saw peace in the political realm of their nations. That kind of peace is greatly needed today.

Equal in importance, the soldiers of these nations found purpose and triumph.

This inspiring story from Fr. Lasance's My Prayer Book illustrates the importance and high regard in which the Rosary is held within the armed forces...

A Young Man and His Beads

In one of the largest military colleges of France, a pair of beads was picked up from the ground by one of the oldest students, who thought he would have some fun at the next recreation. Accordingly, after dinner he suspended the beads on a branch of a tree and called out publicly: "Who has lost his beads?"

No one expected an answer; but suddenly a young student went toward the tree and with his sword gently caused the beads to drop into his hand. "They are mine, sir," said he, "I have lost them, and now I thank you for the favor."

"Bravo, young man," said a grave voice from behind. They all turned in surprise; it was the general himself, for whom they made room until he reached his young hero, whose hand he seized warmly saying: "Continue, my child; you have done a noble action. Never fear; you will make your way."

From that day the young man was esteemed and loved by all his comrades.

My Prayer Book is a rare and out of print prayer book, but don't despair, we have found the best place that specializes in rare and out of print books. You can search for a copy of it here.

If you cannot find this prayer book there, then you may be able to find Fr. Lasance's My Prayer Book here.

If this devotion can bring about such military victories through the Rosary, and amazing changes for entire nations, just think of how praying the Rosary everyday can bring about blessings and peace in your own life.

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