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What Is A Rosary

What exactly is a rosary? I know that it is made up of beads but what is it's purpose and what does one do with it - and why?

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MATTHEW 6,7 BUT when ye pray, use not vain repetition,as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
---RICHARD on 8/18/10


In that same scripture verse number 8 Jesus says " this is how we should pray Our Father..He is not saying just to pray that prayer just once. In fact isn't he saying every time we pray we should start of by saying "Our Father who art in Heaven". So is Jesus contradiction himself?
---Ruben on 8/18/10

MATTHEW 6,7 BUT when ye pray, use not vain repetition,as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
---RICHARD on 8/18/10

Still another part of the trin rcc's idol worship just like h - water, graven images etc which Is an Abomination to Almighty God. Matt.15 v 9.
---Lawrence on 8/18/10

The rosary beads are set up in a certain way with sets of ten beads separated by single beads, making a circle. There are a few beads off the circle with a crucifix at the end. Each bead and the crucifix are to be prayed with specific prayers, primarily the Hail Mary.

I was taught that the more you pray the rosary, the better a Catholic you are.
---Madison on 6/29/07

"Correction,the topic is "What exactly is a rosary?..." Not 'the pagan rosary'"

Amen. I love the rosary. It is filled with the life of Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit!

I also like the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (said on rosary beads) "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
---Catherine on 5/31/06

Correction,the topic is "What exactly is a rosary?..." Not 'the pagan rosary'. For emg: it is a method of praying to God while meditating on the Gospels/the life of Christ. To learn more I can give you some references.
---anonymous on 5/15/06

Catholics did not miss that part of the Bible. That is why those who are living are asked "to pray for us" to God, to Jesus, our mediator and Savior, to the Holy Spirit to the Holy Trinity. Therefore, we are not praying to the dead. I believe that those who have gone before me, alive in Christ are ALIVE in heaven, not dead and I ask them to pray FOR me To the Lord.I hope that helps you understand what is believed. Note the words 'TO' and 'FOR'.
---Cecilia on 5/15/06

Ruben it sounds as if you don't believe the bible, from that last question to f.f. so what do you actually believe? Sounds like you are dipping in here and dipping in there and tying yourself in quite a big knot and have become thoroughly confused.
---emg on 5/13/06

F.F.-, ( Regardless of who you believe is now in Heaven, the bible makes it clear that we are NOT to pray to them or to have contact with the dead in any way, shape or form. Jesus is the ONLY one who can pass on our prayers.)Where in the Bible does it say that all practices of Christian spirituality must be found in the Bible itself.

Moderator - The topic is the pagan Rosary. Everyone stick to the topic.
---ruben on 5/12/06

Are you saying, "once saved, always saved?" Yes, Jesus redeemed us all. However,
Matt. 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will
enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the
will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we
not prophesy in your name ,,, Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?'
Then I will declare to them solemnly, 'I never knew
you. Depart from me, you evildoers.'
---Philomena on 5/12/06

Pcc 2. Our other option is to ask other living people to pray FOR us (which they also must then do TO God THROUGH Jesus, but not through Mary or anyone else) Pcc please accept that the only reason that others here at C.N. keep coming back on this, and similar topics, is out of love for Roman Catholics. Despite the heat and occasional aggression it is love and a desire to see R.C.s. truly saved that spurs us on.
---f.f. on 5/12/06

Pcc 1, I think that it is you who are not reading past postings and have, therefore, missed vital information. Catholics say that they believe the bible yet they miss the verse about JESUS BEING THE ONLY MEDIATOR. Regardless of who you believe is now in Heaven, the bible makes it clear that we are NOT to pray to them or to have contact with the dead in any way, shape or form. Jesus is the ONLY one who can pass on our prayers.
---f.f. on 5/12/06

The only one we are to look too pray to Is Jesus in the Bible it say's he will not share his glory with another that means don't pray to no one except him.Besides those people couldn't hear you any way they are still in the grave.
---B on 5/12/06

Part 2: If one is meditating on the Gospels that is meditating on the life of Christ, which Mary happened to be a part of, but the focus is on Christ. Again, notice that we all agree that God receives the prayers prayed by us as well as those you ask to pray FOR you. There is no worship going on except to God.

Moderator - If that is true, then just skip the pagan Rosary and pray directly to God.
---pcc on 5/11/06

part 1:The question: 'What is the Rosary?' a method of counting while meditating on the Gospels. Check out Philomena's reply earlier. Also, did anyone actually READ what was written about the Saints/saints? No one is worshipping them by asking them to pray for us. And as far as not knowing who is in heaven, I believe that Mary, Peter, Paul and many others are there, so what harm is it to ask them TO PRAY FOR US.

Moderator - God forbids it - that is the harm.
---pcc on 5/11/06

Yes, a Catholic, I already know that - that is why I wrote what I wrote. But don't you think that the bible's definition of 'saint' is more valid that the Pope's definition. The Pope can make as many people as he wishes into his sort of saints but there is a possibility that not one single one will be in heaven. God will give the honours, not a man and if you put the Pope's words above God's (the bible) you have a problem. Please have a prayerful rethink.
---emg on 5/11/06

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Emg, "Saint" to the Catholic Church is a person who lived a good life, obeyed the Commandments of God and especially, if this person helped in leading others to Christ.

When saints are proclaimed by the Pope, it is an exhortation to us to imitate that saint's life. S/he is more or less put in front of us as a mirror to look at.
---A_Catholic on 5/11/06

To the Roman Catholics here can I say that you use the word SAINT differently from the rest of us. That word in the bible means 'believer'. Paul wrote to 'the saints in Ephesus' meaning those who were true followers of Jesus. Saints are living human beings who can be asked to pray for us just as we can also pray for others BUT all our prayers must be to God through Jesus, the ONLY mediator between God and man. Do it any other way and they'll go unheard I am certain.
---emg on 5/11/06

Matthew 6: 9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,"

Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus teach us to pray to Mary. He specifically said we are to pray TO the Father. To pray to another is disobedience to His teaching in Matthew.
---Madison1101 on 5/10/06

Matthew 6 "6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
---Madison1101 on 5/10/06

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Romans 8 does not say we are not separated from each other by death. It only says we are not separated from God by death.
---Madison1101 on 5/10/06

no matter who is doing the praying, be it Saints or sinners. A Saint may be asked to pray for someone just as you or I may be asked. That doesn't mean that the Saint is being worshipped. Maybe, that will help. But I think the question was,"What is the Rosary?" check earlier blog about method of counting while meditating on the Gospels.
---pcc on 5/10/06

THere seems to be some confusion. I hope that this helps. When people ask others, on earth or in heaven to pray for them, they are NOT giving worship to these people. They are ASKING to be prayed for to the Lord. Some use the word "pray" as meaning worship while others, as in other countries, as well as in America, use the word "pray" to mean ask, hope, aid.
But all these are in agreement that the only worshipping going on is for God and all the praying goes to Him....
---pcc on 5/10/06

To Madison: Yes, you are a saint, I would ask for your intercession too.

Do you pray for others? Please pray for me. Now, I've asked your intercession. (I haven't "prayed to you.")
---Philomena on 5/10/06

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Saying that we are praying "to" a saint is really a shortcut for saying that we are "asking for that person to intercede for us to Jesus who is mediator between God and the human race." It's like asking a friend to pray for us.
---Philomena on 5/10/06

These scriptures support that we can ask for the intercession of saints in heaven to pray for us:
1 Cor. 12:12: We are all one body.
Rom 8:35-39: Death cannot separate us from Christ or one another.
Heb 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.
---Philomena on 5/10/06

All of us ex RCs were lied to! Praying to dead people, for what purpose? When you pray to a "saint" how do you know he's not burning in hell? We didn't know these people, or their hearts, or even if they were saved!
Read a bible, its very clear. We are ONLY to pray to the Father in Jesus' name!
---NVBarbara on 5/10/06

To drag strangers into the conversation, or rather a particular STranger, Someone greater than anyone who posts to these boards said, "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." Prayers to Mary are not sinful in themselves.

Moderator - Show the scriptures.
---Jack on 5/10/06

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eleanor: I would love to know what scriptures support the notion that believers are to pray to anyone but God Himself. I know of none that say we are to pray to Mary, or any other "Saint."

But then, I am a saint too. Do you pray to me as well?
---Madison on 5/9/06

madison, I am sorry that you feel that you were lied to. I don't talk to the dead either, for I believe that all in heaven are alive with God, for Jesus opened the gates of heaven that we shall have eternal life, therefore I ask people on earth as well as those in heaven to pray for me, including Jesus' parents. Jesus is the recipient of all those prayers. I hope that you find peace.
---eleanor on 5/9/06

Cecilia: I spent 18 years of my life being lied to. My school had a May procession where Mary was the center of attention, with wreaths of flowers being placed on her statue and Ave Maria being sung. SIN, SIN, SIN.

My mother is not the issue, sinful prayers to Mary is the issue. I don't talk to the dead. It is a sin. I give Mary no more honor than I give Moses, or the woman at the well.
---Madison on 5/9/06

Honoring and worshipping are not the same. You are correct in saying that you do not worship your own mother, but I certainly hope that you honor and love her. Asking someone to pray for you to our Lord is added prayers. Jesus' Blessed Mother is not placed above Him in any way. She was chosen by God to bring us the Christ and I pray thanks to God for His gift. I pray to our Lord that your mind be open to these words. I am certain that He loves her and so I do.
---cecelia on 5/9/06

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Does the bible tell us to pray for one another? Do you know what the Rosary consist off, where things are placed around it. Do you ever talk to a loved one who has passed on? Our direct line through Christ to the Father... some times we just go directly to the Father and by pass Jesus as we pray. Some times we say Holy Spirit rekindle the once love we had in our hearts for all mankind.
---TD on 5/8/06

cecilia: Praying to Mary is a sin, it is dishonoring to Christ. I do not pray to my mother, or Mary, or anyone else's mother, because scripture says that there is only ONE mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus our Lord. I pray to God in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. No Mary is in that equation.
---Madison on 5/8/06

Madison, check out Luke 1:42-56 and John 19:26-27
Is Mother's Day special to your mother? Why? I love my mother and respect her, but to give honor to my Lord's mother would surely not dishonor Him nor take away from my love for my mother or my husband's mother.
---cecelia on 5/8/06

Eleanor, praying to someone is worshipping them. If a person is praying to Mary, they are worshipping her. Mary is due no more honor than any other Biblical character, except Christ. Praying to her dishonors Christ. It is against scriptures, and sinful.
---Madison on 5/7/06

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WE are in agreement. Our Lord is the one God to be worshipped. That is why those who pray the Rosary are lead by His Mother to worship only Him. She is not worshipped, but honored. Do we not look to those who are true Christians as examples? She was the first true Christian. I am glad that we both worship the same God and I am thankful His Mother trusted and said "yes".

Moderator - To honor Mary we need not pray on the Rosary, but pray directly to Jesus Christ.
---elaenor on 5/7/06

The Rosary is an aid to meditating on our Lord' life. The beginning of the Hail Mary prayer is taken directly from Scripture: The Angel Gabriel's announcement to her, her cousin Elizabeth's greeting, and the Magnificat; the second part is a petition asking the Mother of our Lord to pray for us--do we not ask our own friends and family to pray for us? Do we not repeat the Lord's prayer and songs in worship?

Moderator - It's against scripture to communicate with the dead.
---eleanor on 5/7/06

The best answers would come directly from a Catholic Priest or Religious or to a true Catholic website: Catholic Answers. A little bit to help out: Why Mary? She is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and we are to "honor our mother and father" and since Jesus is our brother she is our mother, too. Should we not honor the mother of our Lord?! The mother who gave us our saviour, cooperates fully and unconditionally with God which enabled you and me to be Christians.

Moderator - Which means we should honor her by worshipping and praying to Christ; not her.
---eleanor on 5/7/06

Dear Moderator, I disagree with your statement that praying the rosary is forbidden by the Bible. I believe that using the rosary is a wonderful way of staying focused on prayer (being less distracted in prayer) and going deeper into scripture and growing closer to God. We aren't worshiping a set of beads. On another note, I'm curious about your "pagan" remark. Were you calling Catholics and other Christians who pray the rosary pagans?

Moderator - I know you are not worshipping the beads. Praying on the rosary is a pagan practice. It existed prior to Christianity. Since the Catholic Church is a mix of Christianity and paganism, it picked up the pagan practice to increase membership.
---Philomena on 5/7/06

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Philomena, thank you for this illuminating summary. This does not appear to be empty phrases or vane repitition to me. So long as a true heartfelt desire is there, who are we to condemn? It might do us all some good to meditate on these mysteries. It sounds pretty full and edifying to me. Not like speaking in tongues which are unkown and no benefit. In fact, don't Pagan's speak in tongues?

Moderator - Not only do the pagans pray on rosaries, the Bible forbids it.
---Tina5349 on 5/5/06

Moderator, I was brought up an Anglican and remained one until I was saved. My grandmother was a high church Anglican. She gave me a rosary when I was a small child. I'm not saying she used it and no-one ever told me what it was for, but they certainly exist in the Anglican church.

Moderator - I am sure they exist, but any type of wide use within the Body of Christ as the other blogger was sugguesting is just not true.
---F.F. on 5/5/06

Dear Moderator, If "Protestants don't pray the Rosary," how do you explain the Anglican Rosary, The Christian Rosary, The Ecumenical Miracle Rosary,etc.? Many realize that it is indeed based on Scripture to pray the Rosary and through it worship our One True God.

Moderator - Those would be some very rare excepts to say the least.
---Philomena on 5/5/06

(Part 4) The Rosary prayers are not vain repetitions as has been suggested. Jesus repeats the same prayer in the Garden of Gethsemani (Matt 26:44). The publican repeats "God, Be merciful to me, a sinner." The four living creatures in Revelation (4:8) repeat "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,,, day and night!! Many Protestants pray the Rosary.

Moderator - Protestants don't pray the Rosary; not even remotely as the scripture forbides repetitive prayers and tells us this is what the pagans do as they believe their false gods will hear them.
---Philomena on 5/4/06

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(Part 3) The mysteries to meditate on are: Joyful: Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, Finding in the Temple.
Sorrowful: Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning with Thorns, Carrying of the Cross, Crucifixion.
Glorious: Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption, Coronation.
Luminous: Baptism of Jesus, Miracle at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom, Transfiguration, Eucharist.
---Philomena on 5/4/06

(Part 2) The Rosary was then made into sets of 5 decades. The whole rosary would be 3 sets of 5 decades in a day. One would meditate on the life of Christ, the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries, while saying the prayers. The Mysteries of Light or Luminous Mysteries were added a few years ago by John Paul II.
---Philomena on 5/4/06

(part 1) The Rosary has evolved over time. You can look this up on a number of websites. There are some differing stories, but basically 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.
---Philomena on 5/4/06

The rosery is pagan worship. Idols.
---Molly on 5/4/06

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Does anyone remember the promise of Fatimah? To save Russia, all we needed to do was to pray the rosary, and Russia would not fall. Question: which was the false prophecy or was it all false?

Moderator - Save Russia from what?
---mike6553 on 5/4/06

According to a major Catholic website: "Each decade is devoted to a particular event in the life of the Virgin Mary or Jesus."

Why would they put Mary first? Why would I want to pray to focus on an event in the life of Mary? How is that honoring to the Lord Jesus? 5 sets of 10 Hail Marys is a lot of praying to Mary.
---Madison on 5/4/06

Mod "Different moderator missed it. You forget there are several mods" ... OK !! As a matter of interest, how many mods are there? How many on duty at any one time? Do you sit at the computer screen all the time? Does it get boring? I bet there are some of us of whom you say "Oh no, not him/her again"?

Moderator - Three people. It's just worked in with our normal job duties. Whoever has the time will just clear the blogs.
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/4/06

As a young girl in RCC school we were told that as we entered the classroom to dip our fingers in the dish of holy water and cross ourselfs...and that every time we did that it hurt the devil. So being young and impressionable, I would stand and repeatedly dip and cross myself so that I could really do a number on the devil. Off the subject some, but see the similarities?
---christina on 5/4/06

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Moderator ... you have just said elsewhere that you do not publish blogs that are calculated to offend. I know you do not agree with many RCC trsditions (neither do I) but I believe the term "stinkin rosary beads" would be grossly offensive to a Roman Catholic. I don't think you would have allowed the word if used by a Catholic about some non-Catholic practice or belief.

Moderator - Different moderator missed it. You forget there are several mods.
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/4/06

Linda, if 'the focus of it is meditating on the life of Christ -which is recorded Scripture' why is the rosary needed anyway? It is all there in scripture so the rosary is, at best, redundant and from what I've read here, at worst, idolatrous.
---emg on 5/4/06

Donna.#5. A person praying the rosary spends more time calling out to Mary than to God!. It didnt came from the bible. There was a blending of paganism and Christianity. Many practices, rituals, symbols, and doctrines that can not be found or supported in Scripture found their way into the old catholic Church.And Thus during the period from AD 312-590 they were many pagan doctrines.The Rosary is also used as a sort of pagan amulet to protect you.
---Ramon on 5/4/06

You can wear all the stinkin rosary beads you can fit on your body and they still can't protect you. In fact they could harm you because with idolatry comes curses.
---Dan on 5/3/06

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Mat 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, Catholics pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray and meditate on the passion. *You* may call that vain repitition, but I'll take the Lord's prayer and meditating on Christ's passion over speaking in tongues any day.

Moderator - Jesus didn't tell us to pray a ton of Hail Marys. Mary is not our Lord to meditate on. Jesus Christ is Lord.
---Tina5349 on 5/3/06

If you actually bother to find out about the rosary you will see that the focus of it is meditating on the life of Christ -which is recorded Scripture.
---Linda on 5/3/06

Bruce said: The fundamental problem with the rosary is directly addressed in scripture. This act (praying the same prayer over and over) is seen as having some merit and that God will pay more attention the more the prayer is repeated. Rx: Not unlike speaking in tongues, eh?

Jesus said: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." Rx: AMEN!
---Tina5349 on 5/3/06

The fundamental problem with the rosary is directly addressed in scripture. This act (praying the same prayer over and over) is seen as having some merit and that God will pay more attention the more the prayer is repeated. If you study the use of the rosary you read of people that prayed, in some cases, thousands of prayers.

Jesus said: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."
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/06

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Donna#5.I was told "Wear always the Rosary on you, it will protect you against evil." Why wear beans when we have Jesus?Out of all the prayers most of them are for Mary.Why mix pagan with christian? The Rosary is of pagan origin and no Christian prior to 1000 AD used beads to pray.Roman Catholics borrowed the idea of praying with beads from the pagan religions( 456 AD, Hindus etc) who were already using them hundreds of years before.The rosary/prayer beads are concepts taken from paganism.
---Ramon on 5/3/06

Donna.#3.The rosary is a very evil ritual found in the Pagan church as well as many other evil organizations. For example, you can find the exact same rosary beads in many cultures of the world. Witches use them in their evil incantations as do those that practice Voodoo. Satanists use them as well as the Buddhists.It is very evident that many of the doctrines and practices of the RCC are Pagan in their origin.The Brahmins of Hindustan have long employed the rosary. It is pagan in its origin and use.
---Ramon on 5/3/06

Catholic: How is saying the Hail Mary 50 times focusing on the life of Christ? It sounds more like exalting Mary over Jesus. For every 10 Hail Marys there is one Lord's Prayer. Kind of disjointed to me.
---Madison on 5/3/06

Donna.#2.Mala (prayer beads) are strings of beads used as an aid to prayer and the recitation of mantras in the Buddhist religion, much as a Catholic rosary is used (both share name similarity as well- both 'rosary' and 'mala' refer to garlands of flowers).Beads of varying number and material are used for various purposes: crystal for clearing obstacles, bone for subduing demons, etc.Malas are Buddhist rosaries used for reciting mantra, prayer, prostrations etc.
---Ramon on 5/3/06

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Donna."I would like to know HOW the Rosary beads got invented since they aren't in the bible".Pagan!.They is something called "Mala".A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit bead called a 'sumeru'.It is a tool used to keep your mind on the meditation practice.A prayer is repeated for each bead Each type of material has certain properties which subtly affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner.The Rosary is a string of prayers.Notice any similarity?
---Ramon on 5/3/06

Rosary is primarily focused to meditate on the life of Jesus, you use the beads to pray, the hail mary on set of ten beads and single beads we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray which is the Our Father. The life of Jesus we meditate on his passion which consist of the agony in the garden all the way to the crucifixion. It is not looked on as idolizing the rosary nor Mary this is incorrect and only a Catholic that knows what is behind the rosary can correctly answer the question.

Moderator - You are correct it is not looked upon as idolizing to a Catholic. However, to Christians that follow the Bible versus the ways of pagans it is forbidden.
---Catholic on 5/3/06

I was raised a Catholic, am now Born Again, Spirit filled, etc., I would like to know HOW the Rosary beads got invented since they aren't in the bible. Does anyone know? Someone once told me that Mary Magdelane had a necklace made of beads and that's where the idea came from, is that true? (not that I believed that).

Moderator - Do a web search on paganism and rosary beads.
---Donna on 5/3/06

Jesus did not teach us to pray that way, with a set of beads and he did not teach us to pray to Mary, this is not biblical, it is idol worship.
---eliza4969 on 5/3/06

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