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Is the Rosary Biblical?
Sources of the Rosary prayer
The Rosary is 65% directly to Jesus and about him. It is 35% honouring and requesting prayers from Mary, his Mother.
The 3 main prayers in the Rosary are the Hail Mary, The Lord's prayer and Glory be.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women (Luke 1:41-42a,Luke 1:48),
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus (Luke 1:42b)
Holy Mary, Mother of God (Luke 1:43)
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen (Luke 2:35, John 2:3-5)
Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
On the Hail Mary and praying to the Virgin Mary
Well, this is because Mary “full of grace” has more influence on her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (c.f. John 2:3-9), than anyone else as the Scripture itself indicates that the prayer of the righteous “has great power in its effects.” (James 5:16 RSV) It is just like asking a fellow Christian to pray for you, the only difference here is that Mary is closer to God, although we are all members of the same Body of Christ.
Asking Mary to “pray for us” neither takes away the sole mediatorship of Jesus Christ (c.f. 1 Timothy 2:1-5). Her intercessory prayer to Jesus on behalf of us is only possible because of Christ and her relationship to us through His Mystical Body, the Church.
It is written, “Honour thy father and thy mother” (Exodus 20:12, Leviticus 19:3, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:4, Mark 7:10, Ephesians 6:2), this commandment was fulfilled perfectly by our Lord Jesus Christ. He honoured His heavenly Father and His earthly mother. We are told to be imitators of Christ. (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 5:1) If our Lord did honour His mother Mary perfectly, then what stops us from doing so? Mary herself prophesied saying, “For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48 RSV) Why? Because “he who is mighty has done great things for me” she says. (Luke 1:49 RSV) Are you part of the generation that calls her blessed? Think about this.
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin Mary too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did and If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his mother, he will not have Christ for his brother. ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe
- Is the Rosary Biblical?
Is the Rosary from paganism? Is the 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?