Second Sunday in October

La Naval de Manila, Quezon City, Philippines

In 1593, the Governor General of the Philippines commissioned a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Dominican church in Manila. A Chinese sculptor carved the hardwood body and ivory hands and face, which has Asian features. About 4'8" tall, the image is dressed in cloth of gold, with a crown and a halo of 24 stars, and adorned with precious donated jewels. Our Lady holds the Child Jesus with her left hand and a rosary with her right. 

The title "La Naval" refers to Our Lady's help in the naval battles of Lepanto (see Our Lady of the Rosary, Oct. 7) in 1571 and Manila in 1646, when a small Catholic fleet repeatedly repelled Dutch invaders. The Catholic Church in Manila first celebrated the feast of "La Naval" on October 8, 1646. Pope Pius X's apostolic delegate crowned the statue October 5, 1907.

The Japanese bombing of December 27, 1941 destroyed the Church of Santo Domingo in Manila's old walled city. Hidden for safekeeping, the holy statue moved in 1954 to its present location in the Santo Domingo shrine in Quezon City just northeast. (Information from "La Naval de Manila," WikiPilipinas: The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia, en.wikipilipinas.org; and other sources. Picture from Fr. Abe, Oct. 7, 2007, "VIVA LA VIRGEN DE STO. ROSARIO!" The Splendor of the Church, thesplendorofthechurch.blogspot.com.)   

Also commemorated this date:

Madonna dell'Abbondanza (Virgen de la Abundancia), Villa Fiorito, Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Madonna dei Martiri (Virgen Reina de los Martires), Buenos Aires, Argentina (San Juan Evangelista Church, Barrio La Boca)
Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. Círio.
Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Macapá, Acapá, Brazil. Círio.
Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Belém, São Sebastião da Boa Vista, & Tucuruí, Pará, Brazil. Círios.
Majka Božja od Zdravlja, Hreljići, Istria, Croatia (Mother of God of Health)
Panna Maria Kájovská, Kájov, Ceský Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech Republic. Also Sun. after August 15.
Virgen del Rosario, Olocuilta, La Paz, El Salvador
Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Soyapango, San Salvador, El Salvador
Notre-Dame des Neiges, Saint-Pierre-de-Colombier, Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes, France (Our Lady of the Snows)
Notre-Dame des Champs, Séez, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Notre Dame de l'Espérance, Tarasteix, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Thanksgiving mass & procession.
Muttergottes von Hessenthal, Mespelbrunn, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Pilgrimage Day. Patronal feast Aug. 15.
Madonna del Buon Rimedio, Villafranca Piemonte, Torino, Piedmont, Italy, Cantogno district (Madonna of Good Remedy)
Beata Vergine del Rosario, Varedo, Lombardy, Italy (2nd Monday)
Madonna di Tessara, Curtarolo, Padua, Veneto, Italy
Madonnina della Valle, Bevilacqua di Crevalcore, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Madonna dei Poveri, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Madonna del Rosario, Coriano, Rimini, Emilia Romagna, Italy, Church of Sant'Andrea in Besanigo
Nostra Signora delle Grazie, Siniscola, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
Madonna del Rosario, Sinalunga, Siena, Tuscany, Italy 
Madonna delle Rose, Assisi, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Madonna della Vittoria, Sermoneta, Latina, Latium, Italy. Palio.
Madonna del Rosario, Aragona, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Madonna della Catena, Leonforte, Enna, Sicily, Italy
Santa Maria dell'Aiuto, Acireale, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Madonna del Rosario, Cerchiara di Calabria and Civita, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy 
Madonna del Rosario, Mammola, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Senhora da Piedade, Santarém, Ribatejo, Portugal
Verge del Remei, Alcanar, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Sonsoles, Ávila, Ávila, Castilla y León, Spain. Patron of Ávila.
Virgen de los Remedios, Luyego de Somoza, León, Castilla y León, Spain
Nuestra Señora del Rosario de la Concordia, Burjassot, Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Virgen de Guía, Fuente la Lancha, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Aurora, Montilla, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
Virgen del Rosario, Alcantarilla, Murcia, Spain (Sun. after 10/7)
Notre Dame de Lorette, Fribourg, Sarine, Fribourg, Switzerland. Chapel dedication, 1648.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly