Monday, March 14, 2016

Introduction to the Rosary

Praying the Rosary is one of the most important parts of Catholic prayer life. It is also one of the weirdest parts of Catholic life to people who are not Catholic. Before my Catholic journey, I thought Rosaries were pretty but it didn’t make sense to pray over it or to pray to Mary. I think those are common questions among people who are not of the Faith. Many use the Rosary as a fashion statement, not knowing it’s importance. 

The gist of praying the Rosary is that it is a way of meditating on significant events in Christ’s life; things like his birth, changing the water to wine, and the Resurrection. As we pray the Rosary we meditate and concentrate on these mysteries of our Lord. 

There are 20 mysteries and nine prayers in the Rosary. That sounds like a lot, but we are already familiar with a few of them, like the Glory Be and the Our Father. Knowing what order to pray them may be another story. The fun thing about the Rosary is that each bead is a different prayer or collection of prayers. This is a good way to help you know what to say and when to say it. 

Before I explain each prayer and the mysteries in depth I’d like to explain what praying to Mary is all about. It is pretty unfamiliar to most, and for those who don’t understand it looks like we are worshipping Mary. The Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are the only divine beings we should worship. Only Christ has the authority to forgive sins, not Mary. We have reverence for Mary and love for her as the mother of our Savior. In short, worship Christ alone and love Mary. Now, when it comes to praying to Mary, we are not asking her to forgive our sins. She doesn’t have the authority to do that, as I said, only Jesus can. But, she CAN talk to Jesus on our behalf. The way it was explained to me was that praying to Mary is like talking to Mom about something you did or you want and having her talk to Dad. Mary can’t fix our problems or take us to Heaven. She can talk to Jesus about letting us into Heaven, having him forgive our sins, and she can set an example. I love Mary and I think she has set a great example for us to be devoted to her son. 

So now let’s talk about all the prayers, promises, and mysteries of the Rosary. Over the next several weeks I will be doing this series, so please subscribe. In the comments below, let me know what you think of the Rosary and Mary, the Mother of God. 

Have a sparkly day!

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