May is Mary’s month, but we celebrate “Our Lady of the Rosary” October 7th, which commemorates the naval victory of Lepanto over the Turks. The pope at the time, St. Pope Pius V, had asked the all of Europe to pray the rosary for victory because the Turks were poised to invade Italy. The victory was won, even though the odds were stacked against the Catholic forces, freeing many Christian slaves on board the Turkish ships.
By 250 A.D. Christian Prayer to Mary was widespread, rising to the level of liturgical prayer. In this beautiful Coptic papyrus, dated circa 250 A.D., is inscribed the following prayer:
Under thy compassion we take refuge, Theotokos [Birthgiver-of-God]; do not disregard our prayers in the midst of tribulation, but deliver us from danger, O Only Pure, Only Blessed One.
have stumbled across new images of Mary that are not well known but should be: