Thursday, July 28, 2016

Victory over the Turks Through Our Lady's Intercession - July 28

The Siege of Rhodes appeared to be lost ...

Suddenly there appeared in the sky “a refulgent cross of gold, by the side of which stood a beautiful woman clothed in garments of dazzling white, a lance in her hand and a shield on her arm, accompanied by a man dressed in goatskins and followed by a band of heavenly warriors armed with flaming swords.” It was the glorious figures of Saint John the Baptist, the Patron Saint of the Order of Saint John, Saint Michael the Archangel brandishing his unsheathed sword, and the Queen of Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, dressed in battle array!
The Turks turned at the sight and ran in panic-stricken flight. Thousands fell as they fled, cut down and pursued through the breaches by the knights of Rhodes and their heavenly allies. Chased all the way back to their camp, it was now the defeated Muslims who suffered the insult of having their sultan’s own standard captured.
The siege of Rhodes had ended, and Grandmaster D’Aubusson later recovered of his wounds. He had lost 231 of his knights, but that was nothing compared to the thousands upon thousands of Muslim warriors who lay dead upon his shore
It was in the year of Our Lord 1480 that the knights of Rhodes had gained this signal victory over the Turks, by the help of the Blessed Virgin, whom the Knights regarded ever after as Our Lady of Victory. They renewed their dedication to her who had appeared on the walls during the siege of Rhodesholding a lance in her hand to defend them, bringing with her Saint Michael the Archangel and a heavenly army. She, the Patroness of the Sovereign and Military Order of Hospitallers, had turned the formerly obstinate enemy, who retired in disorder to lose the greater part of their army. Thanks to Our Lady of Victory, the all-conquering sword of Mehmet II had shattered upon the walls of Rhodes! - source

Every day is a feast of Our Lady.  Pray the Rosary every day to hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! 


  1. I believe that in our final moments, our Lady will return alongside her glorious Son and He will defeat the enemies of God. I pray that when that moment comes, as many see Him coming to restore His kingdom, may they see who he is and believe and cry out to Him for mercy as they and me, repent of our sin.

    Maria, madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros!

  2. I love that very last sentence! A good reminder to renew my consecration to the Immaculate Heart on Aug. 15.

  3. I love that ikon, which I've never seen before.


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