Why Do Catholics Say The Rosary?


Repeating the same prayer or formula many times is a practice in some religions.It is thought that repetition makes the prayer more effective.The idea of repetition prevails in the use of mantrams and tantric formulae.

Among Christians too there arose from the early Middle Ages the practice of repeating especially the Lord’s Prayer.The Irish monks, who came as missionaries to the European continent, required that the lay brothers in their monasteries should say fifty psalm or fifty Our Father for a deceased monk.The practice of reciting Our Father instead of the psalm was taken up by the laity too.The fifty Our Father became the ‘psalter of the Laity’.To count the prayers, a string of beads were used, from which originated the custom of Rosary beads.

There is the story that in a vision the Blessed Virgin revealed the Rosary to St Dominic (1170-1221), founder of the Friars preachers or Dominicans.However, it was by a gradual process that the Rosary, as we know it now, took shape

Following the pattern of recitation of fifty Our Fathers, there evolved towards the end of the 12th century the corresponding to the 150 psalms of the Old Testament Psalter.In the early part of the 15th century, a Carthusians, Dominic of Prussia, helped to popularize the recitation of Kalkar, divided the Hail Marys into decades, inserting an Our Father at the commencement of each decade.Meditation on the mysteries, while reciting the Hall Marys, was a feature added to the psalter.A book of 1483 by a Dominican, Our Dear Lady’s Psalter, speaks of fifteen mysteries.

Finally the Rosary, as now being used, was officially established in the Church by Pope St Plus V (1566-1572) by his bull of 1569.It was two years later, on 7 October 1571, that the Christian forces of the Holy League, under the command of the Spanish admiral, Don John of Austria, gained a decisive victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto, a victory ascribed to the power of the Rosary.The Feast of the Holy Rosary, on 7 October, was instituted as a feast of the universal Church by Pope Clement XI (1667-1669).

The Rosary is a simple, practical and devotional form of prayer to Our Lady that has evolved from Christian throughout the Catholic world.It combines both vocal and mental reflects on the divine mysteries.

Of saints who had a great regard for the Rosary and sought to popularize it, mention may be made of St Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716).His book The Secret of the Rosary is well known.

It is significant that both at Lourdes and Fatima Our Lady appeared with the Rosary and particularly at Fatima urged the pious recitation of it.In this way, she reveals her predilection for this particular type of prayer and sets the seal, as it were, on what had spontaneously originated from the piety of the faithful.


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Why is there a Collection at mass?


The custom of sending a plate round after the General Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful) at Mass to collect the monetary contribution of the Faithful is not just for the purpose of obtaining funds for the expenses of the clergy.Its origin comes from very spiritual motives.

Bread and wines were the elements used by Christ when he instituted the Holy Eucharist.In the early Church, after the General Intercessions, bread and

wines were brought to the altar.these were offered to God as an element to be set apart for the sacrifice, in keeping with the general practice of dedicating to God what was to be used for his service.

It used to be the Practice in early times for the people to bring with them to Mass bread and wines produced in their own field, the fruit of their own labour and toil, which therefore could be regarded as something of themselves, as implied by the prayer said by the priest when offering the bread and wine:” which earth has given and human hands have made.” Moreover, as a staple food, bread and wine were thus a symbolic life.the offering of bread and wine was thus a symbolic way by which those Christ offered in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

The Early Roman document gives details of the ceremonial of bringing the bread and wine to the altar and the celebrant receiving them and offering them to God.Of the bread and wine thus offered, the quality needed for the sacrifice was taken and the rest kept for the poor.

After the 10thcentury, the practice of offering bread and wine by the people gradually ceased.St Peter Damian, of the 11th century (1007-1072) expressly mentions that people gave money instead of bread and wine. The symbolism, however, remained the same.It was obviously because bringing the bread and wine to the church was impractical and cumbersome that it was given up and replaced by the more convenient offering of money.

It should be remembered however that the collection of the contribution of money at Mass replaces and represents the former offering of bread and wine which had a deep spiritual meaning.


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Why Do Catholic Use Holy Water?

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Both Christians and non-Christians use water for religious purpose.there is a belief among Hindus that the water of the Ganges has the virtue of purifying one of sin.we read in the Gospel that John the Baptist baptized fellow-Jews and Christ himself in the waters of the Jordan.Lourdes water is used by Catholics, praying for curses.The water of some wells attached to saint’s shrines in similarly used, such as the water of St Winifred’s Well at Holywell in Wales.

It has been a tradition in the Catholic Church to bless and use objects of nature to obtain heavenly favor and protection.There is the traditional blessing of candles on the feast of the Presentation os ashes on Ash Wednesday, of palms on Palm Sunday, and holy oils at the chrism Mass on Holy Thursday.But, water is an object blessed and used more often. The water over which the Church’s blessing has been pronounced is popularly known as’Holy water”.It is ‘holy’ because of the Church’s prayer attached to it.

Holy water can be blessed by a priest anytime.There is a provision in the Liturgy of the Mass for the blessing of holy water and the sprinkling of the faithful with it at the beginning of Sunday Mass, in which case the penitential rite can be omitted.

Holy water is a ‘sacramental’ by which is meant that, like other blessed objects, it is a sign of the effects to be obtained through the Church’s intercession.It achieves its effect by the prayers of the Church.As in other sacramentals, its efficacy depends on the dispositions of the use and God’s will>it does not produce an effect automatically, by any power inherent in it, as charms and amulets are expected to do.

The use of Holy water as well as other blessed objects is a form of silent prayers by which the user joins with the Church in her benedictory prayer.The use of the object is moreover an expression of our faith in God and our trust and confidence in Him. It is also a token of our faith in the efficacy of the prayer of the Church.

Corresponding to holy water there is a Buddhism ‘pirit’ water.This is water over which one or more of the Pali suttas (sermons) of the Sutta Pitaka (Buddhist scriptures) have been chanted by bhikkhus, as in the case of pirit thread.The efficacy of the water or thread is believed to come from the words recited.If the words themselves have such power, then we come into the realm of magic.It has been said in fact, concerning pirit, that “certainly there is a magical belief in its efficacy”(N.D Wijesekera, The people of Ceylon,2nd ed,p.219, footnote.

There is absolutely nothing magical in the use of Holy water or other sacramentals.Their use in a way of appeal to God for Help, a form of prayer, and their effect in-dependents onGod’ss will.


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Jesus and Jerusalem

Rarely did Jesus set foot in Jerusalem, so perhaps we can assume that he didn’t care much for the big city. He had grown up in a small town and spent most of his life in Nazareth. During his ministry, he hiked the hills of Galilee, Judea, Perea, and Samaria.


Jerusalem, of course, was the hub of national political, religious, cultural, and social life. It also served as the focal point of the Roman occupation. Religion and politics constantly erupted into furious conflicts in Jerusalem.

During his early Judean ministry, Jesus cleansed the temple in Jerusalem and granted Nicodemus a nighttime interview (John 2:12-3:21). Two years later he returned and offered himself as the water of life during the Feast of Tabernacles. lie encountered trouble with the Pharisees, healed a blind and said he was the good shepherd. Then he withdrew. En route back to Jerusalem, he healed a blind man near

En route back to Jerusalem, he healed a blind man near Jericho and brought salvation to Zacchaeus (Luke 18:35-19: He made his headquarters in Bethany, from where he entered Jerusalem to the wild acclamations of the cr With loud voices they broke into shouts because they had seen his mighty works, for which they praised God. collective enthusiasm reflected heightened Messianic throughout Israel (19:28-38). Jesus had said that his and his works gave ample evidence that he had come to God (John 14:8-11). Voicing the hopes of Psalms 113-18, these people the city and pilgrims from Galilee accepted Jesus as envoy. When the Pharisees tried to rain on their praise Jesus rebuked them and said the stones could praise necessary (Luke 19:39-40).

Voicing the hopes of Psalms 113-18, these people the city and pilgrims from Galilee accepted Jesus as envoy. When the Pharisees tried to rain on their praise Jesus rebuked them and said the stones could praise necessary (Luke 19:39-40).Later the sight of Jerusalem caused Jesus to

Later the sight of Jerusalem caused Jesus to weep,(vv. 41-42). He had shed silent tears at the grave of Lazarus. Here the word means loud wailing and sobbing, like the weeping of the widow of Nain and the mourners in the house of Jairus. Jesus was profoundly affected by what could have been. Because the city failed to grasp what God was doing in the person of Jesus, it would suffer horrendous destruction in AD 70. For the second

For the second time, Jesus drove merchants and money changers from the temple (vv. 45-46). He continued to teach every day with such effectiveness that the people all hung on his words. This drove the religious leaders of various parties together, along with the civic leaders, determined to throttle him.

Jesus, the God-man, fully merited Jerusalem’s praise, and the city fully deserved his judgment. Nevertheless, it hurts us to see him weeping so profusely because of the city’s spiritual blindness. How remarkable and challenging is this combination of attributes in our Savior!

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