Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, occurred this day in 1571, when the fleet of the Holy League, led by Pope Pius V fought against that of the Ottoman Empire off the Gulf of Corinth, in northern Greece. The glorious Catholic forces, the Holy League (the Papal States, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Republic of Venice, the Duchy of Urbino and the Spanish Empire), led by Marcantonio Colonna, Gianandrea Doria, John of Austria, Agostino Barbarigo and Álvaro de Bazán, eventually won the battle and so prevented the Ottoman Empire from expanding to Europe. It is known that when news reached European countries, bells were rung in the main cities of Europe. This symbolic event was credited to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and especially that of the Holy Rosary who is still remembered every year on this day.
O God, Whose only-begotten Son,
by His life, death, and resurrection
hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal life:
grant, we beseech Thee,
that, meditating on these mysteries
of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may imitate what they contain
and obtain what they promise.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God,
world without end. Amen.