Is the Rosary from paganism? Is Rosary full of repetitious/empty phrases? Is the Rosary all about Mary, the Mother of Jesus apart from Jesus Christ the mediator between God and man? Is the Hail Mary prayer from credible non-contradictory Scriptural sources? Find out in this presentation where facts shall be separated from fiction.
Is the Rosary from paganism?
The word Rosary comes from Latin which means “a garland of roses.” The rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although most people associate the origin of the Rosary to St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans, centuries before him, monks recited the 150 psalms on a regular basis.
Overtime, the lay brothers who because of illiteracy could not read and therefore recite the psalms with the monks were made to recite the Paternosters (Our Fathers). The modern Rosary consisted of 15 decades of “Hail Mary” said on beads, each decade preceded by an “Our Father” and followed by a Gloria. During the recitation, the mind meditates on the principal mysteries of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as found in the Gospel.
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Is the Rosary all about Mary and not Jesus?The Rosary is more about the life of Jesus Christ than that of Mary. In other words, it is Christos-centric (Christ centered). The Rosary utilizes the 3 major forms of Christian expressions of prayer, i.e. vocal as well as meditation and contemplative forms.
On the vocal and meditation forms of prayer, the Rosary uses the Apostles Creed (Credo), the Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster), Hail Mary (Ave Maria) and Glory Be (Gloria).
The Credo or the Apostles Creed comprises of all the major beliefs of the Christian faith as taught by the Holy Apostles of Jesus Christ. It was first used in the second century and the current form was composed around the fifth century.
The Lord’s Prayer was taught by Jesus Christ himself. There are two versions given in the Gospels. The shorter version in Luke 11:2-4 and the longer version which is used in praying the Rosary – Matthew 6:9-13
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