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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1646- The Battles of La Naval
The Battles of La Naval de Manila were a series of five naval battles fought in the waters of the Philippines in 1646, between the forces of (Catholic) Spain and the (Protestant) Dutch Republic, during the Eighty Years’ War. The Spanish forces, which included large contingents of native Filipino volunteers, consisted of only two, and later, three Manila galleons, a galley and four brigantines, against a Dutch fleet of eighteen warships, in three separate squadrons. Heavy damage was inflicted upon the Dutch squadrons by the Spanish-Filipino forces, forcing the Dutch to abandon their invasion of the Philippines.
The victories against the Dutch invaders were attributed by the Spanish and Filipino troops to the intercession of the Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila. On April 9, 1652, the five sea battles were declared a miracle by the Cathedral Chapter of Manila after a thorough canonical investigation, giving rise to the centuries-old festivities of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila.

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.
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.
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.
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
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.

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",by Albert J.M Shamon
photos:Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Our Ladys Victory over Lepanto vision Pope Pius V , Battle of Lepanto, Battle of La Naval de Manila

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