During the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three Fatima Children on the 13th of October 1917, several messages were given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the children 2 of which were “I am Our Lady of the Rosary” and “Continue to say the Rosary every day”.
The Rosary is a prayer that has been a part of the Church from centuries ago as history has it that the Rosary prayer evolved from the days when the monks used to memorize and recite the 150 Psalms but because it would take all day or even much more to recite the 150 Psalms, some began to replace it with 150 Hail Mary’s and to keep count some will use small stones or strings of beads.
According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic (founder of the Dominicans) in the 13th century giving him the rosary in the present form that we have it and asked that Christians pray the Hail Mary, Our Father and Glory Be prayers instead of the Psalms.
In praying the rosary we meditate on the life of our LORD Jesus Christ through His birth, public ministry, death and resurrection.
The Rosary Prayer.
Some of our separated brethren will ask us that where is the Rosary in the Bible? The rosary is biblical but before I try to show you that it is biblical, I will tell you first that it does not have to be biblical for it to be the truth.
The Gospel according to St. John chapter 21:25 “There are many more things that Jesus did. If all of them were written down, I suppose that not even the world itself would have space for the books that would be written”. So logically if everything that Jesus did or said is not in the Bible, that is to say that it must not be in the bible for it to be the truth.
Take a look at John 16:12-13 “I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.”
Here Jesus was specifically saying that He has more to say to His Disciples but that the Holy Spirit will reveal such in time to come.
Do you agree with me that the Holy Spirit still teach new things even in our time? So how can someone ask me where it is in the Bible when the Holy Spirit is still teaching new things and new revelations are coming even in our time.
And now to show to you that the rosary is biblical, what is the rosary prayer about?
We begin with the Sign of the Cross, the Holy Trinity which is biblical.
Then come the Apostles Creed which is a proclamation of what we believe in as Catholics… I believe in God the Father Almighty, and in Jesus Christ His only Son our LORD, I believe in the Holy Spirit….I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting. Is there anything that is not biblical in this?
Then comes the Our Father which is the prayer taught by Our LORD Jesus Christ Himself.
The Hail Mary is always their problem because they cannot be Humble enough to Love the Blessed Virgin Mother. In fact they are the ones not living according to the Bible because Our Lady upon Her visit to Her cousin St. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit would proclaim as the bible tells us in Luke 1:48 “For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed”. So when they ask you about Our Lady, ask them if their generation call Her Blessed.
Honestly I don’t argue religion no more, in the past I would argue but I find it a waste of resources. I would rather encourage Catholics about the faith or teach some outsiders who earnestly desires to learn but to argue whose religion or denomination is the best is a no for me.
Hail Mary, full of grace The LORD is with Thee Blessed are you among women….Luke 1:28 The annunciation
Holy Mary, Mother of God – That singular privilege granted to Our Lady to be the Mother of the third Person of the Most Holy Trinity who is also God.
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death – the power of Her intercession.
Now let me open your eyes to the book of Revelation 12:13 “And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child”.
12:17 “And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”
You and I know that the Devil is always at war with the children of God who keep to the commandments of Jesus who are the children of this woman.
And who is the woman, I take you to Psalm 45:9 “Among the women of your court are daughters of kings, and at the right of your throne stands the queen, wearing ornaments of finest gold.”
Even when James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus saying that they want to sit at His right hand in the Kingdom, Jesus said to them in Mark 10:40 “But to sit at My right or left is not Mine to grant. These seats belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
And to whom could the right hand of the Throne have been prepared for if not the Queen Mother?
1 Kings 2:19 “So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak on Adonijah’s behalf. The king rose from his throne to meet her, and he bowed down before her. When he sat down on his throne again, the king ordered that a throne be brought for his mother, and she sat at his right hand”.
Imagine the type of honor King Solomon the wisest man who lived gave to his mother, the queen mother and you and I can then wonder what honor our Loving Jesus with give to the Queen Mother, His Mother.
On the right hand of Jesus’s Throne sit the Blessed Virgin Mary interceding on our behalf.
Speaking about the power of Her intercession brought about the Feast that we celebrate today. Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
It was Oct. 7, 1571 on the Bay of Lepanto off the coast of Greece, the most famous and bloodiest naval battles in history took place between the outnumbers Christian forces and a more superior Islamic naval force.
Pope Pius V asked the Christian faithful to pray the Rosary and seek the intercession of the Blessed Mother to defeat the Muslim navy. Despite being outnumbered, the Christian fleet prevailed. Accordingly, Pope Pius established Oct. 7 as a feast day of Our Lady of Victory, thus perpetually bringing honor to the Blessed Mother for her assistance. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572-85) changed the name of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary, a feast the Church continues to celebrate to date.
Like we pray in our favorite Catholic Prayer “Sub Tuum Praesidium” We Fly To You Patronage…deliver us from all dangers…Catholics in danger and in troublous times fly to refuge for Mary.”
I encourage you brothers and sisters to pray the rosary everyday for through the prayers of the rosary you will obtain all that you ask of the LORD.