Don’t get me wrong; I love the Rosary. I do my best to say a five mysteries daily. This is just an intellectual question.
Basically, I was reading the NewAdvent article on the rosary:
And it indicates that the tradition that it was given to St. Dominic is essentially historically false. History indicates, it says, that the practice of repetitive prayer using beads or knots began well before the Saint’s time and meditation on the mysteries began well after his death.
That said, I’m just curious as to why such heavy emphasis is placed on the Rosary. If it is not a direct gift from Our Lady, in the sense that it was not miraculously bestowed to a Saint, why is it considered by most ecclesiastical authorities (and the faithful like me ) to be such a special prayer?