Derived from Latin, rosary translates to “a garland of roses,” which is the flower that often symbolizes the Virgin Mary. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, on Oct. 7, was first established by Pope St. Pius V to honor Mary for the victory over the Turks at Lepanto in 1571.

Although an account in 1206 is often accepted as a legend, Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Dominic and presented him with a gift of the rosary to explain its use as a powerful weapon of prayer.

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