This feast has its roots in a battle. As the story goes, the praying of the rosary led to victory. That is why the original name of this day was Our Lady of Victory. But as wonderful as the title is, I prefer the name the celebration has today: Our Lady of the Rosary. Why?
The biggest reason is the way in which the rosary itself gets highlighted. The rosary is such a powerful prayer of contemplation. While it is true the victory of God is constant in the contemplation of the rosary, the connection to the events of our salvation, and to Jesus, seems clearer when compared to the rosary.
The rosary is the pathway to contemplation. In its truest form, the rosary leads us to Jesus. We reflect on his life, death and resurrection. The rosary also leads to discipleship. Just as the disciples responded to Jesus, Mary’s responded perfectly to God. She too was sent. She too was a devout follower of God. Her constant yes is worthy of our imitation.