Friday, October 7, 2016

"Ave Maria, gratia plena..."

Today Roman Catholics observe the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. This religious observance marks the anniversary of the defeat a fleet of Ottoman vessels by a Christian fleet off the West coast of Greece in 1571, known to history as the Battle of Lepanto. Initially, the feast was dubbed Our Lady of Victory. Christ is our victory and the Blessed Virgin Mary is the one through whom Christ came to win our victory, naval victory or no naval victory.

So, for the first Friday of this month during which we focus on praying the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary even more intensely than usual and on the day we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, it seems fitting our Friday traditio is a lovely choral setting of Ave Maria composed by Anton Bruckner and sun by Schola Cantorum:

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