On the seventh of October each year the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is a family devotion and a family prayer. It is a personal devotion which is at the heart of Christian and religious practice which invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The church celebrates this feast to honor Mary and commemorates this day for the graces received through her intercession. This feast was established in 1573 by St. Pius V, a Dominican pope who had great personal devotion to the prayer. He instituted the feast in thanksgiving for the Christian victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto. Because the feast falls in October, the entire month is dedicated to honoring Mary with the rosary. The devotion of the Holy Rosary has been treasured in the church for many It is a summary of Christian faith in language and prayers inspired by the Bible. Precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, the rosary is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Pope Paul VI described it saying: “As a Gospel prayer, centered on the mystery of the redemptive Incarnation, the Rosary is a prayer with a clearly christological orientation.” Rosary Crusades will be held at Church of the Risen Christ and All Souls Parish on October 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary.