She gave the beads the name “Rosary.” As we pray the Rosary, our mind should concentrate on the mystery of Our Lord’s life and death and resurrection from the dead. His work was something the Blessed Virgin was intimately associated with.
The Our Father, Apostle’s Creed and Glory be are also said, and the 150 Hail Mary’s, the Angelic Salutation, take the place of saying the 150 psalms.
Although the Rosary has been around for many centuries, the feast of the Rosary was established to commemorate the victory of the Christians over the Mohammadens on Sunday, October 7, 1571, when a superior Turkish fleet was destroyed by the Christian forces at Lepanto, in Portugal, which kept the Islamic invaders out of Western Europe.
Pope St. Pius V had asked that the fate of Europe be placed in the hands of Our Lady and had requested that all Christians pray the Rosary. Were we to say the Rosary with the fervour of those Christians of long ago, we could make the world a paradise, free of abortion, hatred and war.