On Oct. 7, 2021, members of the Mary Immaculate Choir along with family and friends went on a pilgrimage that was thought to be impossible to celebrate a victory that was thought to be impossible, for the purpose of asking for the impossible.
The destination was the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. The reason was to chant holy Mass there in jubilee and thanks to Our Blessed Lady. The occasion was the 450th anniversary of her victory at the Battle of Lepanto, in which the Christian Holy League, called into being by Pope St. Pius V, defeated the navy of the Ottoman Turks against all odds and saved Christianity in Europe. Those who fought bravely on that day knew better than to take the credit. Despite the clash of more than 400 warships in the Mediterranean theater, the Holy League gave all credit to the Rosary. St. Pius V, who saw the moment of victory in a vision, soon after proclaimed Oct. 7 the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary…
Our visit was not a vacation. It was a Pilgrimage that involved much hard work and many sacrifices. We had the honor of singing masses celebrated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter during the week and of singing in nearly every church we entered, including St. Peter’s Basilica!
Read the full story, view pictures, and see video of the pilgrimage at the National Catholic Register.
Click here to listen to recordings and watch videos of the several Masses the Choir prayed and the many visits to churches at which the Choir sang while in Rome.