Friday, January 7, 2011

Rosary Con't

The question was raised "why do we need to ask Mary to intercede for us when we can go straight to Jesus as our intercessor?"  I am no expert in the history of the rosary or the Catholic Faith but this is what I do know:

The Rosary is a Gospel prayer, to the glory of God the Father, Son, and Holy Sprit.  Our attention is on God from the very begining with the Apostles Creed, which states the beliefs of all Christians. We begin each decade, or mystery,with the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus himself taught his disciples to pray. We end each decade with the Glory Be, which is focusing on the Holy Trinity.

I like to think that in between, we pray 10 Hail Marys to invite the Blessed Mother of Jesus to pray with us and for us. She is our prayer partner as we meditate on the life of her Son.

More on this later...

I never did get back to this until a friend asked me where I got the above info.  I found this great website listed below that speaks to the history of the rosary, why we pray it and how many conversions have come about because of praying the rosary.  I believe the above statement is the most concise way to explain the reason why we pray the rosary.  These sites also discuss the tradition that the rosary was first given to St. Dominic from the Blessed Mother in 1208.  It's humbling to think that the rosary I pray today, has been prayed for over 800 years!


  1. I like that it's termed "prayer partner" and not intecessor since it states in the bible Jesus intercedes.
    NIce explannation!

  2. Thanks! What scripture verse are you referring to? Does is say "He intercedes" or "he is the ONLY intercessor"?

    In truth, I ask plenty of people to intercede for me when I'm asking family and friends to pray for my son, or my husband or a friend in trouble. I am asking Mary to intercede for me in the same way NOT for her to answer my prayer. She can go to the Father or Jesus on my behalf. That's a wonderful ally in my book!

  3. So I'm proud to say I have said the rosary yesterday and the day before. :) I use to think it was boring but I have a great rosary app on my iphone that I look at those pictures while I say it. It reminded me of how beautiful it is and how it is centered on Jesus.

  4. This is a great post! Did you write the part in grey or did get it from somewhere?