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Explain The Rosary Beads

Can someone explain to me the significance of the rosary beads. This is just something our family was trying to understand as we watch the events unfold on TV.

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Rosary beads is just a part of r-catholocism's idol worship, along with the other that is envolved such as holy-water, graven images, statues, sprinkling etc., which Is an abomunation to Almighty God.
If your going to pray, take hold of The K-James standard version Bile, hold This in your folded hands to pray.
---Lawrence on 8/25/09


Does anyone know what Matthew 6:7 says? It does not bar anyone from meditating on the words of god nor does it mean that repetive prayer is wrong. What it says is that you should not pray to false gods because does not reconize this. Think of it like you an I are in a party and your name is John. I want to get your attention but I call the name of Steve. Will YOU answer? If we pray to God (accourding yo Matt 6:7) then this is perfectly acceptable.
---THEODORE on 10/18/07


Does Matt 6:7 bar one from repeating prayers? No. It says we should not repeat "Vain Prayers". If we add other vain activities such as vain memorization of the bible, vain prayers (non repeated) and other vain activities, we can see this also detests God. What the verse says it to put you heart and soul into everything you do. Reread Matthew 6:7 again. Thanks.
---THEODORE on 10/18/07


Well, I must take that quiz. Infact I believe that I have and did pretty well on it. [not sure].
---catherine on 10/15/07


Before taking the False Traditions Bible quiz, please realize that there are wrong info and statements in it. Some of the bible quotes do not match the the answers and they have been misquoted on several of them. Seek the guidence of a Catholic Priest regarding you question on the rosary or any other doctrine of the Catholic or Orthedox Churches. They know far more then any one else on the subject..
---Theodore on 10/14/07




For Doug who said people are praying to the beads...people aren't praying to the beads, they're simply a tool. And if it is a tool that helps people pray, why does that bother you or anyone else? Why not worry about what you believe? People get so angry about what other people believe in and lose site of what's really important in life.
---liz on 10/13/07


StevenG. Amen. And using prayer in ritual form is something that God invented and is seen thoughout the Bible. It is odd that Protestants expect everything to be expressly and literally written in the Bible in its entirety, unless it is a Protestant doctrine - then a man's word will do.
---lorra8574 on 6/7/07


StevenG. Amen. And using prayer in ritual form is something that God invented and is seen thoughout the Bible. It is odd that Protestants expect everything to be expressly and literally written in the Bible in its entirety, unless it is a Protestant doctrine - then a man's word will do.
---lorra8574 on 6/7/07


There is a great difference between the rituals/traditions of man and the rituals/traditions of God. Learn the difference straight from the Bible itself not man's interpretation of the Bible.
---Steveng on 6/7/07


Ritual is not slavery. Most parents, and especially our Father in Heaven, understands the value of ritual in our lives. The NT is filled with ritual in Christian practice, from the Lord's supper carefully laid out by Jesus, to the Baptismal formula specified by Jesus, to the instructions given to Christians on how to behave in Church and in their lives, The Lord's Prayer given by Christ - ritual upon ritual. Where in the Bible does it say that you can abandon all ritual and do everything freeform?
---lorra8574 on 6/7/07




Elder:
I do not read the word NOT in the script,written by Clifford Plettell who wrote that in 2005,Not 2007.If any thing it seems he is explaining the use of the rosary & what it represents.The deduction is yours Sir Elder.
---Emcee on 6/7/07


NOTE:
Clifford_Plettell on 6/5/07 said it best why you need NOT to pray on a string of knots, fingers, or rosary beads.
There is no mediator between God and
man(kind) except the man Jesus Christ.
I Tim 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.
Why would anyone need Mary when/if they have Jesus?
---Elder on 6/7/07


Lorra8574 - It is you who is filled with ritual, not the Bible. Jesus came to set the captives free.
---Helen_5378 on 6/7/07


Helen, did He set you free from the Bible as well? And why is it alright for you to pray from your heart, but wrong for me to pray words of scripture from my heart while pondering the life of Christ? You have chosen an informal method of prayer, and I do that too, but the Bible is also FILLED with formal prayer and ritual as well.
---lorra8574 on 6/6/07


I shall tell you now that God is not please with anyone who continuously puts down other religions. Do you want to know why? Because He saids, "There isn't any of us too great".
---catherine on 6/6/07


To fan the flames for those who wish to mock would make one a participant.Things which are Holy & pertain to God should not be cast like pearls before swineMatt7:6
---Emcee on 6/6/07


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I believe the RCC is wrong and very misguided in their thinking and beliefs. How can this be? Where did all of this come from? Why do you and your family watch this stuff? I have tried before to watch on tv, I had to turn the channel in a matter of seconds. A lot of manmade drama and rituals. which by the way, does not please God.
---Robyn on 6/6/07


Lorra8574 - When I pray it is from my heart. The Lord Jesus Christ set me free from religion when He saved me.
---Helen_5378 on 6/6/07


Helen, the beads are a tool. I have prayed the Rosary on my fingers, on a piece of twine with knots in it, and a ring with bumps. Praying is most definitely scriptural, and we do have some latitude in how we pray.

Now if you are going to go Sola Scriptura (even though not everything was recorded), how often do you pray the Magnificat? This is a scriptural prayer laid out for us along with a number of others (Luke 1:46-55). It has been prayed or sung since the early days of Christianity.
---lorra8574 on 6/5/07


The rosary is a string of beads consisting of 5 decades, given by the mother of Jesus it is a powerful tool used by Catholics who recite the Hail Mary consecutively in each decade meditating on the mysteries as we recite the prayer invoking the mother of god to interceed on our behalf, for personal thanksgiving & generaly those who do not comprehend the love of Jesus who has an undying love for all mankind. She has promised that those who pray this prayer as the saying goes "the family that prays together, stays together" {lack of space prevents me from elaborating
---Clifford_Plettell on 6/5/07


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[MaryLouise - The use of rosary beads are not to be found anywhere in Scripture. Helen_5378]

A lot of what Jesus did is not found in the Bible either.
---MaryLouise on 8/25/06


[The use of rosary beads are not to be found anywhere in Scripture. Helen]
Monks used to recite the 150 psalms. Some say they counted the psalms on pebbles to keep track, then later on beads. For those who couldn't remember or recite the psalms, they started praying Our Fathers, Hail Marys, Creed, and Glory Be because they could be remembered. The rosary is filled with Scripture!
---MaryLouise on 8/25/06


MaryLouise - The use of rosary beads are not to be found anywhere in Scripture.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06


The rosary is a meditation on the life, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I recommend picking up a "Scriptural Rosary" book or looking on the Internet for the prayers. Looking at a child's book on the rosary can be particularly helpful in understanding it.
---MaryLouise on 8/24/06


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Casey - ("Baptism is a VERY important part of our eternal salvation"). Was Jesus' work on the Cross a finished work? Yes, it was. So to try to add Baptism to salvation is grievously wrong. Jesus alone saves through His finished work on the Cross for sins -- finished, nothing to be added or taken away from.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06


Casey - Amen. Well put. I noticed that you put the sign of the Cross in your list. I am very surprised that I have not yet seen a RCC person do that, although they are so carried away with Mary I guess that is why. Jesus saves from sin.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06


when your bored with the sermon and want to do somethng, it comes in handy...play with it...
---jana on 8/24/06


the rosary beads are used mainly to help people remember prayers. we could use our ten fingers that God gave us but its just easier to keep count and focus on the prayer and not on the counting. there are 4 mysteries which just recount the things that happened in the life of Christ. :
joyful=to remember the birth of Christ,
sorrowful=to remember his death and the suffering He went throught,
glorious=to remember Christ's ressurection
luminous=to remember Christ's days of preaching
---june on 1/11/06


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Oops, I got carried away and included something I shouldn't have.

Baptism is a VERY important part of eternal salvation. This public display of our love for Jesus is supposed to publicly display our new relationship. What I *meant* was that sprinkling baptisms are not Biblical.

I got carried away, but I hope you all understood what I meant. :D
---casey on 11/8/05


Prayer beads, making the sign of the cross, hail marys, kissing rings, sprinkling baptisms, lighting candles to pray, wearing the cross (shall I go on?) are all pharasitical outward signs to "show off" something that is supposed to be a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. These traditions, most born from paganism and painted with Christian brushstrokes, have nothing to do with eternal salvation.
---casey on 11/8/05


the catholic cult uses them when praying.
---Eloy on 11/8/05


Just as my mother was the sack that was used to bring me, so was Mary the sack that was used to bring JESUS that is why she is called blessed, not as some believe holy. Mary is not called Holy in the bible.---mima 11/7/2005
---mima on 11/8/05


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The full classical Rosary has (or had) 150 Aves (Hail, Mary...) for the 150 Psalms. See a connection? At one time, it was called the Virgin's Psalter. When books were expensive and few people could read, it served a spiritual need.

YOu can always do a Google search of "Rosary" and see what you come up with.

PS--just because something has repetitions does not automatically mean such repetitions "vain."
---Jack on 5/29/05


Have you tried asking a Roman Catholic?

You might get a better answer from the local parish priest than you will here.
---Jack on 5/28/05


Robin In order to believe you first have to accept. Acceptance is based on faith religion is Faith Our Christianity fortunately has the backing of the bible in the NT,as Jesus as a god took the form of man to show us HIS way to eternal happiness.Yet man in his quest to find a simpler way to that happiness used divergent methods.Hence different isms, but the fact still remains HIS WAY.I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH & THE LIFE HE WHO BELIEVES & FOLLOWS ME WILL HAVE LIFE EVERLASTING.the key is Follow me his way.
---Emcee on 5/7/05


John: Sorry you broke away from the church,but that was Your Choice the word of refute Bunk,is not Biblical. Christianity, is an on going thing I turn the other cheek in defence. Everything in life is repititious, right down to all of creation which, when God made, said it was GOOD.Mary Was the mother of Jesus who was incarnate both man & God with 2 distinct personalities. Satan would just love for people NOT to say the rosary, as every recitation diminshes his power,"her heel shall crush his head."
---Emcee on 4/14/05


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I have always wondered why they pray to Mary??I understand completely that she was Jesus' mother but she was a woman.The only way our prayers get to our Heavenly Father is through His son Jesus.It says to pray in Jesus name and no one comes to the Father but through Him.Mary doesn't deliver prayers. I never understood this.Robin
---Robin on 4/13/05


Muslims also use a string of beads in prayer similar to RC Rosary beads. There is nothing wrong with a memory aid so long as it is not helping you in vain repetition. If the beads remind you to repent, pray for the sick, thank God for His goodness, ask on behalf of your family and self etc. that's fine - no different from keeping a prayer list really BUT I don't think that is what a rosary is used for. To Clifford - I don't believe it is authenticated that Mary appeared at Lourdes, it is reported that 'some' saw what looked like her there BUT who knows what she looked like anyway?
---Xanthi on 4/13/05


It is very sad that fellow Christians criticise the RC Church in such narrow-minded ways. I am not RC, nor ever have been, I am Anglican and use a rosary. Have you never lit a candle to pray?? The rosary is not just RC. It is an aid to meditation - not repetition. And which one of you has never heard of the Jesus Prayer being said over and over? Many Christians use it. Saint Paul told us to pray constantly. The Rosary helps you to focus, centre and concentrate in your prayer life. Next time you use a written prayer, remember it is an aid to prayer too and judge not others' prayer aids.
---Amber on 4/11/05


I wonder how many of those who condemn the use of the Rosary use the Lord's Prayer, either just saying it, or using it as a framework for their own prayers?
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/10/05


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While some are playing with their stupid pebbles, others are praying to God with their heart and getting their prayers answered. I'm sorry for being so blunt, but Jesus was blunt when exposing false teaching.
---Doug on 4/10/05


One can play with words in both directions. Jesus was/is God - Mary is the Mother of Jesus conseuqently, the Mother of God or better God the Son.

Who's right? Who knows and who really cares?
---Albert on 4/10/05


The significance of the rosary beads is the topic. The number of beads represent the number of prayers. The beads being reminders of the prayers. This was started way back in AD 341 when an abbot would put pebbles in his lap to count the prayers.
---gregg on 4/9/05


RUBEN, Your not making sense. Please don't distort the Word of God. GOD DOES NOT HAVE A MOTHER! To say this would mean that Mary came first. The Word says that Jesus was there before the creation. And yes, I do believe in the Trinity.
---Mary on 4/9/05


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Ruben, if Mary was the mother of God, that would mean that for 9 months, God the Trinity was in Mary's womb. But it was Jesus there, the Word become a helpless babe.

You say I deny the Trinity, but I think YOU do. If Mary was mother of ALL God, all God was in her for 9 months ... so God was not a Trinity. The Trinity is supported by my view that Mary was just mother of the earthly Son
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/9/05


Ruben ... thanks for commenting on my thoughts.

Jesus (the Word) was part of the Trinity from ever to ever. And as you say, Mary was not there at that time.

So she cannot be mother of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

Mary was the earthly physical mother of the earthly physical body of the Son, Jesus, when He came here 2000 years ago.

The fact hse was His mother then cannot by some magic make her mother of God.

She was the earthly physical mother to Jesus' earth physical body.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/9/05


Albert, Your missing the point here. Yes, Mary was the mother of Jesus, the man. I also believe that she was a very devout woman of God. She was called blessed among women because she gave birth to the Christ, but she is definately not the mother of God. God has no mother, and Jesus is God.
---John on 4/9/05


Alan I agree that Mary was not there in the beginning, never said she was. But to say that Mary is not the mother of GOD is denying the trinity. Yes he had a divine nature and a divine spirit, but he was GOD always. That is why they wanted him dead, cause he made himself to be GOD! In luke Elizabeth said how is it that the MOTHER OF MY LORD should come to me? And In John Thomas said MY LORD AND MY GOD..
---RUBEN on 4/9/05


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John, Mary did not just gave birth to Jesus, she was HIS MOTHER.
---Albert on 4/9/05


Sorry Clifford, I'm not buying that bunk. I was a good catholic for a long time until Jesus came into my life with real power. Satan would just love for people to pray the rosary (using idols for vain repitions). Also he would love for people to pray to Mary who was blessed among women (because she gave birth to Christ), to take away the Glory from God. There is only one mediator between God and man, and He is Jesus Christ our Lord. When you learn this I promise that your life will be changed forever. God bless.
---John on 4/8/05


Sorry Barbara not EX_RC alive & practicing,the bible was written Thousand years ago. Do I understand that christianity has stopped since then.It is authenticated that Mary The mother of God Jesus Christ appeared At Lourdes & gave the world the rosary to recite & she promised the fall of Communism, which happened.She has appeared as a Mother still advocating for her son Jesus asking us to avoid sin & not wound his heart. She is our guidance councillar.Wise people listen,a Mothers love lasts forever or else why is she appearing & appealing all over the world.
---clifford on 4/8/05


Another ex RC here. I HAVE to ask, where did the rosary come from? Did you say Clifford that Mary initiated the rosary? How did that come about, nothing in scripture about that?
There WAS the birth and death of Christ Ruben, no dates were supplied, so dates were chosen to celebrate these occasions, those are not pagan oriented. Praying to Mary, or any other dead person is blasphemous.JESUS is our ONLY mediator to God, so says scripture.
---NV_Barbara on 4/6/05


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#2 So, Mary was the person through whom the eternal Word was enabled to become Man, and to be Jesus.

She was not mother of the Word.

These different interpretations of various words and phrases is a bit technical.

Anyway, whilst I do not think Mary was mother of God, I do not think it is a salvation issue.

I am sure that the Roman Catholic who believes in the term "Mother of God" does not make her more important than Christ, nor does he think that Mary can save him.

As I said earlier the true RCC does believe in the essential saving power of Christ
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/6/05


Ruben ... about your claim that Mary is mother of God, and the denial of this by protestants and others:

#1 The Bible says In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Mary was not there before God.

2000 years ago, the Word became flesh ... and at that point Mary bore the child Jesus, and was His mother.

So Mary was the mother of the earthly physical manifestation of God ... of the body He lived in for 33 years.

A huge privilege and responsibility and blessing, but it does not to my mind make her the mother of God the eternal
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/6/05


As I have often said before, I am not RC and disagree with many RCC doctrines and practice. But that is for me.

There is little doubt that these beliefs and practices enable RCs to get close to God. And in spite of what others may say, I do not see the RCC putting Mary above God, nor worshipping the Pope, nor saying works are more important than faith.

Many of my RC friends are nominal only, but I reckon the devout RC's are as close to God as I am.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/6/05


I agree with John. I also used to be a catholic for many years until the Lord opened my eyes. The Rosary IS from a Pagan religion. These are the vain repetitions, that catholics pray, that the bible warns us about.
---Mary on 4/5/05


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The point is Ruben, that you should do the research before you turn the Word of God into your own ideas. Does the word of God say anything about Rosary beads, and praying to Mary or the Saints? When you say the "Hail Mary", especially over and over again, these are VAIN REPEATITIONS.
---John on 4/5/05


Everyone, First lets talk about (REPETITIONS) Jesus repeated his prayers several times and PSALMS 136 would be consider a repetitons. Now about not the MOTHER OF GOD, are you telling me that JESUS IS NOT GOD! In Matt 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, GOD with us). And in John Thomas answer with MY LORD AND MY GOD!! The ROSARY is a MEDITATIONS on the LIFE AND DEATH AND RESURRECTION of OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.And about the rosary being a pagan background, so is EASTER AND CHRISTMAS so what is your point!
---ruben on 4/5/05


I also used to be a Catholic, until the Lord opened my eyes. Praise God for Jesus! I'm not saying that all Catholics are not saved, but there is so much idolatry there that it would absolutely STUN the most devout Catholic. Satan wants it this way. If you don't believe me just ask God with a sincere heart, and He will show you. By the way, Rosary beads are from a Pagan religion. Do the research, because the Catholic church doesn't want you to know this. God bless.
---John on 4/4/05


Bruce & Rande ... I agree with what you say, although I see nothing wrong in having a memory aid ... but it should not lead to a mere recitation.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/4/05


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I'm afraid that the response I just read is anything but Biblical. First of all, God has no Mother, and secondly we are to pray only to Him.

As an ex-Catholic who knows what the Bible says, I know that praying to anyone but God constitutes idolatry. This is said in love as it is the truth and to say anything but the truth would be most unloving.
---Rande on 4/4/05


The Rosary beads are a memory aid. As the beads are handled, each grouping of beads corresponds to: The Apostle's Creed, Our Father, Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father etc. These are repeated along with "The Five Mysteries".

What does the bible say about this?

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."
---Bruce on 4/4/05


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