I was reminded this morning of the first Rosary I purchased a few years ago. I bought it at one of the local Christian Bookstores...not the exclusively Catholic one. In fact this store has a Catholic "ghetto" section. But the Rosaries are right next to the counter. I paid $19 for it.
I had previously been saying the Rosary on my fingers because I couldn't bring myself to walk into a store and be seen buying a Rosary. Nor did I really want, at that point, anyone I actually knew seeing me with Catholic things. In the car I opened it right away and said a Rosary.
Since then I have collected several in my travels...some are sent free in the mail, one was given to me by a nice lady upon confirmation, I made a few upon hearing about Rosary Army, and I finally settled on an modest small sized wooden one. I am not into Rosary bling. There is something about a $500 Rosary that really turns me sour.
It also reminds me of the first Hail Mary I ever said. Yes. I apologized first to God like other converts. But Mother Angelica said it was ok... It went something like this: "God if this offends you...I apologize...but here goes..." Afterwards I realized that no apology was necessary.
This feast is also known historically as Our Lady of Victory. If you have never heard about the Battle of Lepanto, but know about a lot of other famous battles...like the Battle of Hastings (Oct 14th!) then give yourself an education and go read about it.