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Top 10 Misconceptions About the Rosary

Top 10 Misconceptions About the Rosary

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Misconception of the Rosary

Today, the Rosary is still the easiest way to acquire the ancient skills of meditative prayer, and its the most effective way to gain the graces that this most powerful way of prayer can obtain.

10 Misconception of the Rosary

Today, the Rosary is still the easiest way to acquire the ancient skills of meditative prayer, and its the most effective way to gain the graces that this most powerful way of prayer can obtain. But the ways of Christian prayer aren’t taught quite so much as they ought to be these days. Too many people seem to be put off by a few lingering misconceptions about what the Rosary is and how it works.

  • IT’S JUST FOR OLD PEOPLE

Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., said, The family that prays together stays together. He had the Rosary in mind when he said it. Praying the rosary should be for the aged but a family prayer. It is meant for family bonding.

Pope John Paul II has often repeated the age-old call for families to pray the Rosary together. World peace passes through the peace of families. The peace of family is the fundamental cells of the whole human family. The acts of praying together helps to make a family more united, serene, and faithful to the Gospel.

  • IT’S BORING.

The Rosary when not said properly seems to be tiring. This is because the desire to pray is through conversion.In fact, this attitude is often a symptom of a deeper and more serious disorder of the soul. The whole desire to pray comes from conversion, the turning of the heart toward God.

Sometimes conversion happens all at once, as it must have happened to those who heard Christ preach, or to St. Paul on the road to Damascus. Often it happens much more gradually. But sooner or later there comes a pivotal point in conversion, after which nothing can possibly be the same anymore.

Anybody who sees at last the goodness of God, anybody who comes to know the inexpressible joy of that supreme goodness, wants more and more to turn his gaze to God in praise, thanksgiving, and simple adoration that is, to pray.

Christ Himself wrote the Our Father, and the Hail Mary consists largely of Bible verses. The words alone are a fit subject for infinite meditation. And that’s what the Rosary really is: not just vocal prayer but meditative prayer. For the converted no prayer is boring, but meditative prayer in particular fascinates the mind as it enthralls the soul.

  • IT’S JUST REPEATING PRAYERS OVER AND OVER.

There’s nothing wrong with repeating vocal prayers. Matthew 6:7, use not vain repetitions, in the King James version, is a warning against confusing quantity with quality. The best translation would be don’t talk more than you need to the original Greek and the approved Latin editions use no word that indicates repetition.

In fact, like pious people in the Old Testament, Christ Himself spent whole nights in prayer; He repeated what He said time and again (Mt. 26:44), and He said more than once that repeated prayers work even beyond the claims of justice (Lk. 11:5-8, 18:1-8; Jas. 5:16-17).

Besides, He taught us the Our Father to be the pattern for our prayer (Lk. 18:1). So the repetition of vocal prayers follows Christs own instructions and example. If youre saying a prayer right, you cant say it too often; and if youre not, it doesnt matter how often you say it.

Still, youre not supposed to just repeat the prayers of the Rosary. This is meditative prayer, and the repetition of vocal prayers is basically just a way to focus your mind so that you can meditate. Without these meditations, Pope Paul VI reminded us, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas.

  • THERE ARE TOO MANY RULES AND TOO MUCH TO MEMORIZE.

Prayer, according to the Catechism reminds us, always that presupposes effort (no. 2725). That means that you can learn how to pray, which is why the apostles themselves asked Christ to teach them (Lk. 11:1). It also means that there are right ways to pray, and wrong ways. And while there’s nothing wrong with spontaneous prayer, its definitely a mistake to go through life without growing in the whole spectrum of skills that prayer at its best demands.

There are hundreds of good books about the skills of prayer that help the soul climb up to God, many written by great saints. No matter when they were written, though, they’re all remarkably consistent.

These skills become habitual with practice, and they open up whole new horizons of understanding and whole new levels of intimacy with Christ that you cant really get otherwise. And as you get better at prayer, as the graces that you ask for come down more abundantly, you gradually become a better Christian. Looking back on the person who picked up those worn rosary beads when they were new, you might not recognize yourself at all. No matter how you look at it, learning the skills of prayer is definitely worth the effort.

  • IT TAKES TOO LONG.

You’d be surprised. Repeating the vocal prayers thoughtfully while meditating deeply on the mysteries doesnt take all that long, by the clock, once you get the knack of quickly putting aside the busyness of the day and getting down to the business of prayer.

On the other hand, people who get really good at meditative prayer can lose all track of time. The hours glide past like minutes, St. John Vianney used to say. A soul transfixed in its meditation on Gods goodness never wants to turn its gaze away from Him and back into this world. In fact, bells were invented in the West in about the fourth century for calling monks and nuns out of recollection. The word bell is from the Anglo-Saxon bellan, to bellow, and the bellow of the bells has regulated the times of Christian prayer ever since.

The quietest and most effective way to regulate personal meditative prayer, though, is simply to count the vocal prayers that lead you into meditation.

  • THE BEADS ARE JUST SUPERSTITION.

Only if you use them incorrectly. Rosary beads are perfectly acceptable sacramental material aids to prayer. By drawing us to more and better prayer, the proper use of sacramental offers actual graces, protection from evil spirits, health of body, and material blessings.

Through the constant prayers of the Church, those who use sacramentals properly can also obtain forgiveness of venial sins, as well as remission of temporal punishment. But with any sacramental the power to do good is in you, not in the sacramental itself.

The Rosary is a set of vocal prayers that accompany meditative prayer. Besides, God designed us with a rosary included; and a good many people use their own ten fingers to pray a Rosary whenever they have to wait in line or are stuck in traffic. Still, rosary beads have stood the test of time as the best way to free your mind from mechanical tasks like counting, so that you can concentrate on the meditative prayer itself.

  • IT’S NOT IN THE BIBLE.

Yes, it is. Devotional prayer of this kind is as old as Christianity as old as Judaism, in fact. The present form of the Rosary developed directly from the practices of the apostles, who gathered to say psalms at certain hours of the day or night (Acts 3:1; 10:9, 30; 16:25).

This is really just a continuation of Jewish practice, as you can see in passages like 1 Kings 10:5 or Psalm 119:164, or the prescriptions for the services of the Temple in Exodus and Deuteronomy. There is no time in the memory of Christianity when Christians did not do this.

In fact, because the Rosary consists of meditations on the chief episodes of the lives of Mary and Jesus, it cant be understood at all apart from the Bible the Gospels that preserve the best accounts of those mysteries, the prophecies that explain them, and the epistles that show you how to apply their meanings in your daily life. Indeed, the constant practice of the Rosary is one of the best ways to gain a more thorough understanding of the Bible.

  • VATICAN II GOT RID OF ALL THOSE THINGS.

No! The Council urged a renaissance of the Rosary in Lumen Gentium, and the popes since Vatican II have unanimously urged us to take up our beads and learn again the skills of meditative prayer. Pope John XXIII wrote lovingly of the Rosary, and he declared for the record that he never failed to pray it himself, every day, in its entirety.

Pope Paul VI continued the campaign. Following in the footsteps of Our predecessors, he wrote, We call upon all of the Churchs sons and daughters . . . to pray ardently to our most merciful mother Mary by saying the Rosary, which he commended as the prayer most pleasing to the Mother of God, and most effective in gaining heavens blessings.

No pope in history has been more persistent in this than Pope John Paul II, the Pope of the Rosary. Clearly, after Vatican II the Rosary is still the Church’s foremost devotion.

  • IT HELPS IF I SAY THE ROSARY AT MASS.

Absolutely not! It is a mistake to recite the Rosary during the celebration of the liturgy, Pope Paul VI warned, although unfortunately this practice still persists here and there. The Rosary is a pattern of devotional prayer, and the Mass the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the highest form of liturgical prayer, and liturgical prayer outranks devotional prayer.

If you say the Rosary at Mass, you’re turning your attention from a higher form of prayer to a lower from the Presence of Christ, in fact. There’s no better place to pray than before the Blessed Sacrament, but no devotional practice should ever divert you from the Mass, and none should ever usurp the Sacraments rightful place.

  • I CAN BE A PERFECTLY GOOD CHRISTIAN WITHOUT BOTHERING WITH THE ROSARY.

Strictly speaking, that’s true. But you cant be a perfectly good Christian unless you pray often daily and many times a day (see e.g., Lk. 18:1; 21:36; 1 Thess. 5:17): So if you pray daily, and if you make the effort to improve your skills at prayer, sooner or later you’ll want to advance to meditative prayer.

I always bear these mysteries in my mouth and always preach them, as you know; I am always meditating on them in my heart, as God knows. And of these things I always write, as everybody can see. For this is and always will be my loftiest philosophy: to know Jesus, and Him crucified.

What else is there to say, Ven. Luis concluded, but to ask all who truly desire to advance in the spiritual life to use this holy practice, and to ask all masters and teachers of the spiritual life to require it of those subject to them?

What religions say the Hail Mary?

What religions say the Hail Mary?

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What is the meaning of Hail Mary

The Hail Mary, also commonly called the Ave Maria (Latin), is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Roman Catholicism, the prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers.

Parts of Hail Mary

The Hail Mary is actually two prayers, joined together.

As constructed today some people have asserted that the prayer does not go back any further than the fifteenth century. Although it’s constituent parts are likely much older. I think that this magnificent prayer deserves some reflection.

From another website:

Words are taken from the Gospel of St. Luke and join together the words of the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Luke 1:28) with Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42).

Hail: salute, greet or call

To say hail Mary! is to say hello. When the angel Gabriel greeted Mary at the annunciation it was like saying “hello Mary”, likely with great joy. As Father Ambrose points out, the Eastern version of the English translation has Gabriel telling Mary to rejoice instead of merely saying hello. So, was he saying “hello” joyfully? Or was he telling her to rejoice?

I think likely both, he was joyfully proclaiming that Mary was blessed by God, and asking her to rejoice with him, and we do too!

Rejoice! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you!
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

The effects of the Rosary in our Lifes

Mary is blessed, and Jesus is blessed! This becomes our blessing too.

The second half of the Hail Mary prayer was added at sometime during the 16th century.

The second part is a lot like the ejaculatory prayers early Christians were so very fond of, and may have been sung separately at one time. Another such prayer is the Jesus prayer, in its shorter form goes like this: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!”

To say Holy Mary is as to say “saint Mary”. Mary is sanctified and deified, she is holy as we are all called to be holy. She is the great example. As we pray for each other, we especially appreciate her prayers for us, this is an appeal to her to keep us in mind and stay by our side.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners…
now and at the hour of our death.

Amen, amen, amen

Celebrate our Lady of the Rosary

Celebrate our Lady of the Rosary

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Who is the Lady of the Rosary

Glory to Jesus, Honour to Mary and Joseph.

This question does not pose a threat to a good Catholic. The Lady of the Rosary is the Person of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  She is the Bright Morning Star, fair as the moon and set in battle Array. She is the queen of the legion of Angels. The Lady of the Rosary is the woman who sits perpetually at the feet of God the Father, Interceding for the world

Why is she the Queen of the Rosary

Our Mother Mary is the pioneer of all those who says the Rosary both in the heavenly bodies as well as on Earth. In most of her appearance to her devotee, She is found to be with the Rosary either with folded hands or open hands welcoming her Children.  According to the Loretto’s Litany, she is Queen, Virgin and Comforter of all who come to her for help.

How can you celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary

Yes, we can always celebrate the Lady of the Rosary by engaging yourself and Family in the following

  • Praying the Rosary with Her always
  • Joining her numerous Societies like the Legion of Mary, Queen of all Heart, Blue Army, Block Rosary
  • Becoming A Nun i.e. serving as Religious Sister and propagate her message of conversion and return to her Son
  • Become a missionary for the sake of the Kingdom of her son Jesus Christ through her Name- Mary
  • Dedicate your life to her through consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Have a statue at your homes and Ask for her Intercession always

Months for the Celebration

The catholic Church has mapped out two beautiful months in a year for the celebration of Our Lady of the Rosary. The month of May and the month of October- Special Months of our Mother. There is no other way you can celebrate her if not by joining about 7.2 Billions who say the Rosary all over the world.

October devotion is under way. Today is the 6th day in the month of October. Celebrate her by joining Millions now.

Our Lady Help of Christians,       Pray for us.

 

What is the history of the Angelus prayer?

What is the history of the Angelus prayer?

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Why you should be praying the Angelus Prayer

The Angelus Prayer is a designated prayer at the hour of 6:00 am, 12:00 noon, 6:00 pm and 12:00 am. Catholic faithful says this prayer at home, in the Office, At Market places, Hospitals, in Playgrounds at the field of labour or farms. It is a prayer that reminds us of the Salvation of Man through a virgin in Bethlehem.

Before we continue, Lets all PULSE NOW to say it…..

V. The Angel of the Lord brought the message to Mary,

R. And she conceived from the Holy Spirit.

V. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. See the servant of the Lord;

R. Do to me according to your Word.

V. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. And the Word was made flesh,

R. And lived among us.

V. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Pray for us, holy Mother of God.

R. So that we will be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray: Lord, through the angel’s message we have come to know that Christ your Son became human. We pray to You, pour Your grace into our hearts so that by His cross and suffering we will be brought to the glory of His rising from the dead, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

R.Amen.

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V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

R. And she was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done unto me according to thy Word.

V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. And the Word was made flesh.

R. And dwelt amongst us.

V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V. Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

The prayer is a simple recitation of the Biblical Tradition:

  1. Luke 1:28, 35, 42 (and end of Jeremiah 37:3)
  2. Luke 1:38
  3. repeat Luke 1:42 & end of Jeremiah 37:3
  4. then John 1:14
  5. repeat Luke 1:42 & end of Jeremiah 37:3
  6. Jeremiah 37:3 & Hebrews 13:18-19 & other places asking “Pray for us”.
  7. Hebrews 13:9-11

NB: No traced origin of the Prayer of the Angelus. It was gathered that it all started as a recitation of Monks prayer for three Hail Marys before Break time.

However, Please you are welcome to drop your comments here.

Thanks for reading. May God bless US ALL. Amen