As a Protestant, you have been taught that “repetition” in prayer is “vain” and to be avoided, based on a wrong interpretation of Mt 6:7.
Revelation 4:8 describes what goes on in heaven: Day and night (that’s 24/7 :D)* they do not stop exclaiming: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.”* Kinda repetitious, don’t you think? Does God tell 'em to stop? Uh uh.
As has been pointed out to you, the Rosary is a meditation on the Life, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the role of Mary in the events of our salvation. The meditation is the melody; the prayers are background music.
I’ve never heard such repetitious prayer as when I was a Protestant. Lord, we just thank you … Lord, we just ask you … Lord, we just praise you …
Catholic prayers are beautiful and biblical. The Hail Mary is from Luke 1:28. Is repeating Bible verses “vain repetitions”? We add to the words in Luke our petition: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” The other repeated prayers of the Rosary are the Glory Be (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen). And the Our Father (which Protestants have been saying incorrectly since 1611 due to an error in the KJV).
Warning: The Rosary is a powerful prayer. A person could learn to love it in no time at all, if they understand how it is to be said and what it really means. :yup:
Hide and watch as the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be the mother of our Savior. Imagine that you’re there, an unseen witness. How would you feel? What would your reaction be? Ask God to help you see what Gabriel saw as he spoke those words, “Hail, Full of Grace . . .” Now as you meditate, say one Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s, and finish with the doxology of praise to the Holy Trinity, Glory be . . .
And then pray your way through all the events of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord. It’s a lesson in salvation history.
Go here for help: virtualrosary.org/