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The Rosary: Where it Came From and its Importance

The Rosary: Where it Came From and its Importance

The Rosary has been a significant sacramental that has blessed the faith of Catholics for centuries.

It is a timeless aid to contemplation that marks the wonderful rhythm of human life on a beaded rope that can serve as a lifeline to individual salvation.

But what makes the Rosary an help to salvation is the fact of its deep and powerful connection to the Bible and the Divine mysteries that are tied to Jesus’ redemptive stay on earth.

As author Father Oscar Lukefahr has written, “the mysteries of the rosary convert the Bible into prayer.” The Rosary then binds Catholics to the historical life of Christ and foreshadows their eternal destiny and union with Christ in heaven.

Catholics must not forget that while a devotion to the Blessed Mother is a vital part of the Rosary’s historical and spiritual relevance, it is basically a Christ-centered prayer in which Catholics pray to the Son through His Mother.  In the words of the Hail Mary, it is Christ, as Luke reported, who is the ultimate object both of the announcement and of the greeting of the Mother of John the Baptist: Blessed is the fruit of your womb.

The Rosary blends easily with the Christian way of life.

In her essay, “The Rosary: A Prayer for All Seasons Gloria Hutchinson compares the Rosary to “an Olympic champion emerging from early retirement.” She writes that the Rosary has regained its lofty position as “an ever-reliable prayer for all seasons” since Pope John Paul II proclaimed 2002 the Year of the Rosary.  Hutchinson reminds Catholics that the Rosary has continually been a peoples’ prayer.

The sweet chain of prayer

The form of the Rosary remained necessarily not transformed until 2002 when John Paul II instituted five new mysteries.

He called them the Luminous Mysteries because they portray Jesus’ public ministry, including His baptism, Cana, the Sermon on the Mount, the Transfiguration and the Last Supper in a new light. Since His public ministry is an important link between His early years and His passion and death on the Cross, these new mysteries reveal the true meaning of His earthly presence, while filling in the public gap between his joyful youth and the sadness and pain related with Calvary. The Pope also added the Luminous Mysteries to enkindle a renewed interest in the Rosary as a true gateway into the Incarnation.

With the addition of the Luminous Mysteries the Rosary’s intimate connection with the Gospels is even more clear.

It completed what Blessed Bartolo Longo (1841-1926) called “the sweet chain linking us to God.” It is Christ’s years of his public ministry that most display the Incarnation as a “mystery of light.” As John’s Gospel says “while I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The mystery of light that best shows the relevance of the Luminous Mysteries is the Transfiguration.

The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the surprised apostles to listen to him and to get ready to experience with Him the agonies of Good Friday, so that they may be able to enjoy their own Easter with Him in heaven.
Mary and the Rosary

Even Mary’s relationship to the Rosary has not been without conflict. Since the Hail Mary is the dominant prayer of the Rosary, her critics contend that Mary and her Rosary are a distraction from Jesus Christ, the true focal point of Christianity. Religious scholars have long noted that this is a canard that has no bearing on the Rosary’s true history.

The Council of Ephesus in 431 settled her title in the Hail Mary, the “Mother of God” in light of the Arian heresy that denied Christ’s divinity. Arians called Mary only the Mother of Christ because they believed Jesus to be just a man and so His mother could not be the Mother of God.

On another note, to correct what some theologians thought was an unbalanced devotion to Mary, the post-Vatican II Church has toned down its devotional routines honoring Mary in order to refocus on her Son.

Mary’s Fatima apparitions are the event that has most dramatized the power and majesty of the Rosary.

On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told three Portuguese shepherd children, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.

I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to beseech pardon for their sins…. People must say the Rosary.” Mary impressed upon the children how necessary it was to pray the Rosary daily for world peace.She warned them that Russia would spread its errors throughout the world.

A secret weapon

In fact the Rosary has been a constant source of devotion throughout the history of the Church. Garry Wills’ book, The Rosary highlights that for countless Catholics who matured before the Second Vatican Council the Rosary was a daily routine. He cites the story of the late William F. Buckley who developed the habit of saying the rosary as a small boy.

In his published diary, Overdrive, Buckley revealed that he had learned to count on his fingers the decades of the Rosary when one wasn’t available. It was to him “alifelong routine gained in childhood.”

Should We wear the Rosary as a necklace?

Should We wear the Rosary as a necklace?

Rosary- the encyclopedia of human salvation

The church, even till tomorrow, will never cease to receive in tonnes, different views about the rosary. Countless times, i have been challenge on the use of rosary as a necklace. questions like

  • Is it proper to use the rosary as part of our wears.i.e as a necklace
  • If I don’t pray the rosary, am i sinning against God?
  • Pray the rosary and do not wear it!
  • Is there a particular time one can say the rosary?
  • Can non-Catholic say the rosary?

Holistically, we shall be attempting all the questions displayed above or that which may still be in your mind

Is it proper to use the rosary as part of our wears.i.e as a necklace

The rosary is not a fashion and should not be treated as such. It is a religious article, meant for edification of our worship. It is a prayer bead not fashionable bead. However, make sure you go with your rosary anywhere you maybe going. If you must wear it, Pray it. However, i suggest that you can it about as a sacred tools to approach heaven. See it as a tool to approach heaven and then you will respect it by getting a rosary case and put it there. Perfect

If I don’t pray the rosary, am i sinning against God?

If you do not say your rosary, hello Catholics, you have not sinned against God. The rosary is not God that judges our acts. A sin is an act that is against God. God created the rosary through the CHurch. It can never take the place of God.

In as much as we encourage the devotion to Mary by praying the Rosary, the rosary in itself is not God. The Rosary is a reminder to God that Through Angel Gabriel visitation to Maiden in Bethlehem, His SOn came into the World and Died for humanity in order to redeem them from their sin and reconcile them back to God.

Is there a particular time one can say the rosary?

God loves times and season. He Said Everything under the face of the son has time and Season. In the Gospel of Matthew, The Bible said ,” At the hour of three, Peter and John were going to the beautiful temple…..” meaning that there is actually a prayer time. However, No particular is set to pray the rosary.

That being said, God will be glad if you stick to a particular time of worship for him. So, we encourage you to have your own prayer time either for the rosary or other types of prayer. 12 midnight, 3.00’clock night or Noon are very good time to pray.

Can non-Catholic say the rosary?

Anyone can say the rosary so as long you have the interest and you know the wordings. For Non-Catholics, Meet Catholics to teach you the prayer. Better still get a manual on how to say the rosary from any Catholic Booksop or Store.

God Bless You as you pray this beautiful piece from God himself via Angel Gabriel and His Church. Amen

Is the Rosary an Idol Worship?

Is the Rosary an Idol Worship?

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The Rosary

A day before yesterday, i wrote an article about the three most powerful prayer for the Catholic Faithful and many comments were encouraging and some others were a bit of the extreme regarding idol. One of the them personally criticize the praying of the Rosary; questioning the originality and authenticity of it. In fact she called the Rosary an Idol Worship.

The viewers wrote me personally and said, i quote,

The Rosary is nothing nor is it important. It’s a set of beads that are deceiving people and taking them away from God It’s idol worship. Wake up people, before the rapture.

Am using this medium to clarify the arguments that which was started by one of my viewers. We shall be using this medium to answer relating Rosary, Its Originality and Authenticity.

Rosary; An Idol Worship

Rosary does not in any way represents any form of idol worship. The Prayer in itself can never be an idol. If that is the case, then anything in our home that takes our time and seems to help us to meditate or thing of the past is an Idol. Here it includes and not limited to pictures frames of loved ones, articles from friends, gift from loved ones and lots of them.

While rosary help us to meditate on the birth of Jesus, Baptism, Ministerial work, Passion, Crucifixion and death and culminated to His resurrection other objects can and will never help do that.

Origin of the Rosary- The Bible

The rosary prayer was a prayer coined from the words of Angel Gabriel, who visited Mary in Bethlehem and Greeted with the words,

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee……. You Have found Favour with God….. Luke 1: 26 – 38 (Read)

The other parts of the prayer was introduced by the Church to requesting the Mother of God to Pray for US. Starting with the Sign of the Cross down to the Mystery that would be said depending on the day of the prayer, is about Jesus And All that He came to Do and not even about Mary.

Our Lord’s Prayer taught by Jesus Himself is there and coupled with deeep reverence for the Person of God from beginning to end.

Authenticity of the Rosary

God said in a Place ,” Do not worship anything that is represented in Heaven or earth and below the earth” and In another place, He Said again, ” Make for my people a Golden Snake that whoever shall look at it, even when bitten by the Poisonous snake, will live”. God is not author of contradiction.

Rosary is a prayer that even the devil fears. Try it with any difficult situation. Test God and see if God will not manifest through it.

Ask yourself, Can God manifest in anything idolatry? No. He hates it with Passion. Because of the evil days, People have turn the things of God to be Evil and the things of the World (Devilisg) as Good or coming from God.

Watch it that Ye may not be deceived. Glory to Jesus, Honour to Mary

Finding New Meaning In The Rosary

Finding New Meaning In The Rosary

It’s time to give the rosary a second chance by pondering why we decide not to pray it, and then reconsider the place of it in our spiritual lives.

Why don’t I pray the rosary?

For us to give the rosary a second chance in our spiritual life, we must first identify the reasons why we don’t pray it.

Maybe you don’t pray the rosary because you have never learned how to pray it. What do I do on what bead? What about these mysteries? There are a lot of guides available on how to pray the rosary. One I would recommend is by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC, aptly titled How to Pray the Rosary (Marian Press, 2016).

Another common objection might be the repetitive nature of the rosary. The repetitive aspect of the rosary is meant to lead us into meditation and contemplation. As we pray the Hail Mary repeatedly, it permits us to get lost in the prayer, and it permits the mystery to captivate our minds. A final reason might be that we don’t have enough time or are intimidated by such a prolonged period of silence. Compared to how we spend most of our day, the rosary only takes 15 to 20 minutes, and the value of each rosary prayed is eternal!

Why should I pray the rosary?

One of the ways to win why we might not pray the rosary and to give it a second chance is by understanding why we ought to pray it in the first place.

The words Mary spoke each month at Fatima are reason enough. She told the three shepherd children (Servant of God Lucia, St. Francisco, and St. Jacinta) to pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world. In the six Fatima apparitions, there was not a month that went by that Mary didn’t request the daily rosary. The Mother of God herself has asked us to pray it.

Dissatisfied with war and violence? Pray the rosary. Mary says it is the way to gain peace for our troubled world.

Secondly, it is the simplest way for us to reflect on the life of Jesus. St. Louis de Montfort asked his readers if they didn’t pray the rosary, would they open the Gospels and meditate on Christ’s life? The rosary allows us to get to know Jesus better by reflecting on his early years, his passion and resurrection, and with the addition of the luminous mysteries in 2002, the public ministry of Christ.

Thirdly, many holy people, saints, popes, and laypeople have suggested the rosary devotion but also saw it as a means for their own sanctity. Take it from Thomas Merton, who said, “I would never do without the rosary.” If the rosary has been a means of sanctity for the saints, then hopefully it will suffice for us.

Lastly, through the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us now and at the hour of our death. As we ask her to pray for us at this moment, her maternal intercession can bring for us graces and assist us to advance in virtue. Understanding that she prays for us as we ask her to do so is a powerful reason to pray the rosary.

How can I give the rosary a second chance?

If it has been awhile since you prayed the rosary or your rosary devotion has become stagnant, here are a few recommendations to assist you to give the rosary a second chance.

Use an app. There’s an app for everything, and yes, there is one for praying the rosary. There are a lot of rosary and prayer apps available. I often use an audio version of the rosary either from the Laudate app or the Relevant Radio app. If I’ve been reciting the rosary on my own for a while, I sometimes switch things up by listening and praying the rosary. It gives me a change of pace, and sometimes the audio might include meditations.

Pray while in the car. If you commute to work or are taking your children to school, consider praying the rosary during the drive. If you are with a group, let someone else lead. If you are by yourself, try using an audio version.

Go for a rosary walk. I love summer and autumn because it means I can get out, walk, and pray the rosary. If you are like me, you are committing with ensuring that you get at least 10,000 steps a day. Walking and praying the rosary assists me to fulfill that goal.

There is a greater spirituality behind rosary walks. The rosary is Mary helping us reflect on the life of Christ. We could say that Mary walks with us as we reflect on the life of Jesus; she holds our hands and leads us through the mysteries of her son’s life. Mary also was a person who was constantly on the move — going from Nazareth to Ein Karem, from Ein Karem to Nazareth, from Nazareth to Bethlehem to Jerusalem to Egypt, and back to Nazareth. When we walk and pray the rosary, there is a sense of solidarity with Mary.

Pray with someone else. There is an efficacy when we join our voices and intentions with others. St. Louis de Montfort recommends in The Secret of the Rosary that when we pray the rosary by ourselves, we receive the graces for one rosary, but when we pray the rosary with others, we receive the graces of two rosaries or five rosaries and so forth.

Offer each decade for a specific intention. We can try to make the rosary more meaningful by focusing on its intercessory nature — our intercession for someone and Mary’s intercession for our petitions.

At end of The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort proposed a method of praying the rosary to curb distraction and contemplate the mystery being prayed. De Montfort suggested one phrase to insert in the Hail Mary after the name of Jesus for each decade. For instance, the first joyful mystery would be: thy womb Jesus, incarnate, Holy Mary, Mother of God; the second joyful mystery: thy womb Jesus, sanctifying. De Montfort recommended only one phrase.

Use a rosary devotional. Many Catholic authors have written rosary devotional books with the aim of assisting people to pray the rosary better. Most times these devotional books contain meditations to be read before each mystery, giving material for us to think about and ponder while praying that mystery. Visit any Catholic bookstore, and I’m clear you will find a plethora of options.

Participate in a 30-day challenge. People love to challenge themselves with particular goals. Just as we might have physical fitness goals, why not take up a spiritual goal of giving the rosary a second chance? Pray the rosary every day for one month and see if it makes a difference in your life. I’m willing to bet you will experience greater peace of mind and heart, and you might even notice your habits starting to change.