Re: Mary, the Rosary and Devotional Prayers
The Rosary is made up mostly of the “Hail Mary” which means that it is mostly about the Incarnation of Jesus. “Hail Mary full of grace; the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of you womb.” She is special (full of grace) because of who Jesus is. Without him, she wouldn’t be singled out at all. Since she is so close to him, we ask her to pray for us. The thrust of the prayer is all about who Jesus is.
The Rosary gradually evolved from reading St. Luke’s account of the conception and birth of Jesus. The Incarnation is the beginning of our redemption. It made the Passion possible. This is at the heart of Christianity. The physical aspect of passing the beads through the fingers appeals to us because we are substantial and have a need to engage the spiritual through the physical.
Catholics do use spontaneous prayers. But prayers that we don’t have to make up, allow us to focus on the Lord rather than on our own ingenuity to think of what to say and how to say it. They help us to get our egos out of the way.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.
Last edited by Fr. Vincent Serpa; Mar 19, '12 at 9:56 am.