Ana Luisa M.R
Vienna
A new threat came by lead in 1683 when 200,000 Ottoman Turks besieged the city of Vienna. By human standards this was hopeless for the Christians as they were outnumbered seven to one. Once again the cause was commended to “Our Lady Help of Christians” by the Pope, Blessed Innocent XI who united Christendom again with the Rosary. Emperor Leopold I took refuge in the Shrine of Our Lady …More
Vienna
A new threat came by lead in 1683 when 200,000 Ottoman Turks besieged the city of Vienna. By human standards this was hopeless for the Christians as they were outnumbered seven to one. Once again the cause was commended to “Our Lady Help of Christians” by the Pope, Blessed Innocent XI who united Christendom again with the Rosary. Emperor Leopold I took refuge in the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians at Passau, where he fell to his knees in prayer. Prince John Sobieski and his legions of Polish troops, en route to Vienna to fight the Muslim Turks, visited Passau to implore the assistance of the Mother of God in the forthcoming battle. The Battle for Vienna began on September 8th, the Feast of Our Lady’s Nativity. It ranged for 4 terrible days, and on the 12th of September, the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, the siege of Vienna was lifted. The Turkish army was now crushed, and would never again present a threat to Christendom. History of Devotion to Mary Help of Christians
Ana Luisa M.R
When Constantinople fell in 1453, the whole of the East was under Islamic rule. In 1571, a giant Turkish armada set sail to capture the Eternal City and destroy Christianity. An insignificant fleet manned by Christians assembled at Lepanto.
From the human point of view the outcome was inevitable — destruction, enslavement, spoliation, desecration.
Pope Pius V called upon every Catholic to invoke …More
When Constantinople fell in 1453, the whole of the East was under Islamic rule. In 1571, a giant Turkish armada set sail to capture the Eternal City and destroy Christianity. An insignificant fleet manned by Christians assembled at Lepanto.
From the human point of view the outcome was inevitable — destruction, enslavement, spoliation, desecration.
Pope Pius V called upon every Catholic to invoke the aid of the Mother of God under her title “Help of Christians”, and to storm heaven unceasingly with Rosaries. The people responded with enthusiasm, and on Vatican Hill, the Pope prayed to Mary Help of Christians with arms outstretched.
The vastly outnumbered Christian Fleet, sailing under a blue banner dedicated to the Mother of God was lead by Don John of Austria. They met the Admirals of Islam in the Gulf of Lapanto, near Corinth in Greece and the powerful Turkish Fleet was conquered in this momentous battle. It would be many days afterwards before word reached Rome of the outcome of the struggle; but the Pope had been granted a vision in which he saw that Christendom was saved. The great victory at Lepanto occurred on October 7th 1571. In gratitude to Our Lady for this great victory, the Pope instituted a new Feast in honour of Our Lady. Feast of the Most Holy Rosary October 7th.
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