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What is the Roman Catholic belief behind the recitation of the rosary?
Since the Virgin Mary is not God what is the basis for the devotion to the rosary. I am Catholic myself but am just curious with regards to the devotion.
- IrishgirlLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
The Catholic belief behind the rosary is the belief that by meditating and reflecting on events in the life of Jesus (called the "mysteries" of the rosary) can help bring us closer to Christ and understand His will for us. There are Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glories mysteries to reflect on.
For example, the “Joyful Mysteries" include"
The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56)
The Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-21)
The Presentation of Our Lord (Luke 2:22-38)
The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
The “Luminous Mysteries" include:
The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-16)
The Wedding at Cana, when Christ manifested Himself (Jn 2:1-11)
The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15)
The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Matthew 17:1-8)
The Last Supper, when Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist (Mt 26)
Of course Mary is not God. It would be against Catholic teaching to think she was. All that the Catholic Church teaches about Mary comes from our understand of her son, Jesus Christ and what He wants for us.
- James KLv 77 years ago
The purpose of the Rosary is to meditate and commemorate the various aspects of Jesus's life.
The traditional fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary were standardized based on the long-standing custom by Pope Pius V in the 16th century. The mysteries are grouped into three sets: the Joyful mysteries, the Sorrowful mysteries, and the Glorious mysteries. In 2002 Pope John Paul II announced a set of five new optional mysteries called the Luminous mysteries, bringing the total number of mysteries to twenty.Source(s): atheist
- sparki777Lv 77 years ago
1. The Rosary is a devotional about the life and works of Jesus Christ. Mary only comes into it in relationship to Jesus (i.e., giving birth to Him, etc.).
2. Right - the Virgin Mary is not God. As I said, the Rosary is about Jesus, not Mary.
3. If you are Catholic yourself, haven't you ever prayed the Rosary? If you did, you'd know it's about Jesus, not Mary.
- 7 years ago
The first chapter of Luke. That's where the verses of the Hail Mary come from except for the last one which conforms to the instructions in James 5:16, Pray for each other
The mysteries between the Hail Marys are verses from the Bible. The first mystery for example, is the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38.
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- /Lv 77 years ago
Oh good grief...here comes all the anti-Catholic Protestant bigots parading their ignorance by whining about repetitious prayer and worshiping Mary.
The rosary is a meditation on the life of Christ. I guess that's just hard for Protestants to understand since most of them are apparently incapable of remembering anything about their best friend and pal Jesus other than John 3:16 saves them from hell.
- clusium1971Lv 77 years ago
Here, this should be of help to you.
Edit: @No_Chance_Without_Jesus. If the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary are really of the Devil, then the appearances of the Prophets Moses & Elijah at the Transfiguration are of the Devil too.Source(s): http://www.rosary-center.org/secret.htm
- Anonymous7 years ago
Mary has all her intercessory role through the Will of God. She is the Mother of God, she is a Mother to us as Catholics believe of the typical role John played when Jesus said Behold your Mother.
Here is what a modern holy brilliant Bible scholar said who once opposed the Catholic Church for Mary idolatry and saint idolatry :
Only this I know full well now, and did not know then, that the Catholic Church allows no image of any sort, material or immaterial, no dogmatic symbol, no rite, no sacrament, no Saint, not even the Blessed Virgin herself, to come between the soul and its Creator. It is face to face, 'solus *** solo,' in all matters between man and his God. He alone creates; He alone has redeemed; before His awful eyes we go in death; in the vision of Him is our eternal beatitude.
John Henry Newman
- OPsaltisLv 77 years ago
Most of it is right out of scripture:
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, [all that in Luke 1:8 - Archangel Gabriel]
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. [Luke 1:42 - Elizabeth]
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death. Amen. [James 5:16 - asking the righteous to pray for us]
Mary is one of the righteous departed, the great cloud of witnesses (Hebr 12:1) that we believe are alive in the heavens and conscious of our continued struggles her. So we ask them to pray for us. Mary is among the most faithful of Jesus' disciples, believing in him early, and not abandoning him on the cross. She is a great example for use.
/Orthodox (we don't use the Rosary, BTW, but have other prayers that are similar.)
- janaji63Lv 67 years ago
If you recite prayer to the virgin Mary, you are doing it in vain ! Jesus told us in Matthew 6:7 "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."
Think about it . . Jesus & Mary were not Catholics, they were Jews ! The bible also tells us in 1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" NOT MARY !
Jesus NEVER told us to pray to Mary. He told his disciples to ask the Father in his name or to ask him & he would do it. He never included Mary. Blessed is she among women but it did not elevate her to the status of a god.
Jesus also told us in Matthew 23:9 "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
Yet the Catholic church teaches against all of these things & many, many more.
- StevenLv 77 years ago
You'll get a better answer from other Catholics than you'll get here. Try: