why do we need to pray the rosary
In the Catholic Church, the rosary is one of the most cherished prayers. For Catholics, it is a powerful prayer of intercession to the Blessed Mother. Praying the rosary is promoted as a means of strengthening one s faith, resisting evil, growing spiritually, and generally benefiting society. The word rosary comes from Latin and means a garland of roses, the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Virgin Mary. If you were to ask what object is most emblematic of Catholics, people would probably say, The rosary. Catholics ask the Blessed Mother to bring their prayers to Her Divine Son and plead for His aid. Catholics bring Rosary intentions to Mary with the hope that their request will be answered. The rosary is a devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary. It consists of a set number of specific prayers. First are the introductory prayers: one Apostles Creed (
Credo ), one Our Father ( the Pater Noster or the Lord s Prayer ), three Hail Mary s (Ave s) and one Glory Be ( Glori Patri ). The first prayer in the Rosary is the Apostles Creed. It is called the Apostles Creed not because it was composed by the apostles themselves, but because it expresses their teachings. The original form of the creed came into use around A. D. 125, and the present form dates from the 400s. It reads: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Protestants, when they say the prayer, refer to the (lower-cased) holy catholic church, using catholic to refer to the universal church, not implying any connection with the (upper-case) Catholic Church, which is based in Rome.
This is despite the fact that the term catholic was already used to refer to a particular, visible Church by the second century and has already lost its broader meaning of universal. Despite these differences, Protestants embrace the Apostles Creed without reluctance, seeing it as embodying basic Christian truths as they understand them. The next prayer in the rosary is Our Father or the Pater Noster (from its opening words in Latin). This is also known as the Lord s Prayer. This prayer is even more acceptable to Protestants because Jesus Himself taught it to His disciples. It is given in the Bible in two slightly difference versions, the first referenced in Matthew 6:9-13 and the second referenced in Luke 11:2-4. The one given in Matthew is the one commonly said. The following prayer in the Rosary is the Hail Mary which is really at the center of the devotion. It is a prayer to Mary. While many Protestants assume it s unbiblical, it does have roots in Scripture. The prayer begins, Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. This is the same greeting the angel Gabriel gave Mary in Luke 1:28. The next part reads: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of the womb, Jesus. This was what Mary s cousin Elizabeth said to her in Luke 1:42. The only thing that has been added to these two verses is the names Jesus and Mary. The second part of the Hail Mary is not taken straight from Scripture, but it is biblical in the thoughts it expresses. It reads: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen. The forth prayer in the rosary is the Glory Be, sometimes called the Gloria or Gloria Patri. This reads: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As is it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The Gloria is a brief of praise in which all Christians can join. Finally, the rosary ends with the closing prayer. This is called the Hail Queen (Salve Regina), sometimes called the Hail Holy Queen.
It is the most commonly recited prayer in the praise of Mary, after the Hail Mary itself. It generally reads: Hall holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Question: Why is it important to pray the rosary? What is the rosary s connection to the Blessed Mother? Answer: The image of Catholic as an old woman clutching her rosary beads is so ingrained in the mind of our culturePthat it may surprise you to learn that the rosary is a private devotion. PThat means among other things that while Catholics are required to do things like go to mass every Sunday, make a good confession/receive the Eucharist at least once a year, and learn their Catechism, Catholics are not actually required Pby the Church to pray the rosary. P But don t get me wrong here. P A Catholic who chooses not to pray the rosary makes a pretty foolish decision and that s not just the opinion of some random Catholic blogger. P Many, if not most, of the Church s greatest saints have preached the importance of praying the rosary as a means of drawing close to Jesus. Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother. ~St. Padre Pio (For a brief historical look into how the rosary was developed, I recommend checking out this article fromP. ) The Rosary Is the Bible on a String In the rosary, we pray the Scriptures. We pray the Our Father as our Savior instructed us. PAgain and again we repeatPthe Angelic Salutation of Gabriel to Mary, Hail, Full of Grace! PThe Lord is with you! (Luke 1:28) And we echo Elizabeth s greeting to Mary, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, [Jesus] (Luke 1:42).
PAs we pray these words we meditate uponPthe works accomplished by Christ for the sake of our salvation. PWe meditate on His birth, His baptism in the Jordan, His first miracle ( accomplished at the request of His Blessed Mother), His Passion, Death, and Resurrection (to name just a few). P InPpraying the rosary, we meditate upon the Word of God in our hearts while utteringPthe Word of God on our lips. And in all of this, recitation of the rosary reminds us that while God most certainly could have accomplished our salvation and manifested His glory by some other means, heP choseP to give Himself to us through Mary. If this is not enough,Pthere is another reason to pray the rosary surely worth mentioning today. PToday the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady Of Fatima, because it was beginning on this day in 1917 when Our Lady visited three Portugese children in the small village of Fatima, asking them to pray the rosary and perform acts of penance for world peace. PThe apparitions culminated in what is now known as The Miracle of the Sun, on October 13, 1917 during which tens of thousands of eyewitnesses (many of them non-believers) reported seeing the sun dance before their eyes. One the sun trembled, made sudden incredible movements outside all cosmic laws the sun danced according to the typical expression of the people. To me,Pthe events of Fatima help to convince that God honors those whoPpray the rosary. PThe sun doesn t dance without God moving it! POf course, we don tP need events like Fatima in order toPknow that honoring Mary is important. PIt was God Himself who first honored Mary by choosing her to bear His only Son. PIt was Jesus who instructed us with John at the foot of the Cross to honor Mary as our own Mother (John 19:27). PThe rosary is a beautiful and powerful way to obey the words of God. I ve visited this topic in a previous post, 5 Reasons Why Young Catholics Should Pray A Daily Rosary. PCheck it out by clicking the image below:
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