Why Is the Rosary so important to pray?
The Lord God gives us many tools in our fight against the devil and his minions. First, we have the Living Word, given to us by the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ. He passed on all authority and power to his disciples Matt 28: 18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” When Christ gave the Keys to Peter, his Church was established here on earth. We’re given everything we need to help us become great disciples. Now the question some might have is, where in the Bible did Jesus say to pray the Rosary? Easy answer, you Look at Luke 1:28-31 KJV “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” The reason why I included the King James Version of scripture is to show to my non-Catholic brothers and sisters that angels are messengers of Almighty God. The angel Gabriel was sent to deliver the word of God the Father to this Jewish girl who was chosen to hold the “Word Made Flesh, who later dwelt among us. (John 1:14).
The Meditations of the Rosary, when you break everything down, is the New Testament given on the life of Christ from his Birth to the Crucifixion and his Ascension into Heaven to be Seated at the right hand of the Father. Most people don’t read the bible as much as they should. This is a simple way to get to understand the sacred words. Because we as Christians know that the Bible is “Alive”, The Holy Spirit will open our hearts and our minds to see the truth. How precious it is to spend time meditating on the Life of our Master using this loving prayer. Latria (Greek)-The manifestation of submission and acknowledgment of dependence that is due to an uncreated being (God). This means that everything we have in the world is due to God and to God alone. When we pray, we pray and offer sacrifice to God. He is the supreme being. He is the giver of life and our nourishment. We are not saved by the angels, who are created beings, nor are we saved by the saints or even The Blessed Virgin Mary. She too is a created being. What the Church teaches, we can look towards those, who offer examples of true Holiness. Examples that are recognized. Just as you look at your parents or role models who help make a positive impact in your earthly life, we look to the Mother of the Most High, because she was conceived without sin, and was a follower of her Son Jesus all the way to the foot of the cross, where she saw her son, tortured, beaten and put to death. Dulia (Greek)- The manifestation of submission and reverence that is rightfully given to a created being. This is everyone that has been an exemplary example on following the Life of Jesus Christ. From your Pastor to your bible studies coordinator. From the Early Church martyrs to Paul the Apostle, we have many people that the Lord has raised up to show us how to be “living witness” to the Word. The Archangel Gabriel again is delivering the spoken words of God and Mary is the best example on how to say “Yes” to God and say “yes” to God’s divine providence!
The Devil hates us. He hates that we follow Jesus and read his words. He will try to tempt us to fall away from God and lead us on the road to Hell. God, in his infinite Mercy, has already promised us an Aid to help. Look back at Genesis 3:14-15 “The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” The woman that God is talking about is the New Eve, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus is the New Adam that helped bring our relationship with God back, because he was the perfect sin offering for the redemption of the world. The Rosary is a weapon, along with the Bible to stab the devil. He knows he is powerless when someone walks in the way of the Lord. He has no power over us unless we surrender ourselves to him. We are believers in Christ Jesus and we need to put on our armor daily as St. Paul says in Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” Let us pick up our Rosaries and our bibles. Every Disciple needs to pick our weapons and fight this battle! To God the Glory and may his name be blessed forever and ever, Amen!