The ancient prayer of the rosary is deeply embedded in the history and tradition of the Catholic Church. In this article I would like to examine; via spiritual and historical means, the importance of such a prayer.
The Church from its conception was and will continue to be in a spiritual battle against the forces of Hell. Ask any exorcist or look at the lives of the saints and one can see that this battle is real, not just some myth invented by fools. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states clearly that prayer is of utmost importance in this crucial battle; so much so that it states that: “Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God. We pray as we live, because we live as we pray. If we do not want to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ, neither can we pray habitually in his name. The “spiritual battle” of the Christian’s new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer.” Thus the Rosary is not some unnecessary repetition to a dead end on the contrary it is our armor and shield given by our Lady to St Dominic to fight against the snares of the Devil and his evil ways.
Loving Our Mother
The Rosary is the best way to show our Holy Mother that we love her, that she is never forgotten, on the contrary she is engraved in our hearts and memories forever. The Hail Mary is an integral part of the rosary, in this prayer, we are reciting what St Elizabeth said when she was pregnant with St John the Baptist and Mary visited her. For 10 times for each of the 5 Mysteries we wholeheartedly say: “Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.” Yes, we hail Mary for she is our Queen, she is a true example of how a woman ought to be, accepting the Lord’s mission even when the call is difficult to answer, even when the road is hard to climb we continue climbing holding steadfast to our faith and love for our Lord.
The Battle of Lepanto was a crucial naval battle which took place in the year 1571. The Ottoman forces outnumbered the Christian forces, all the odds were in favor of the Muslims but at one point in time miraculously the Christian forces began to win the battle, sinking galleon after galleon. In Rome, the Dominican pope, St Pope Pius V, prayed tirelessly the Rosary together with the faithful, and once again Our Lady won against the forces of evil, against those who had persecuted her children from the beginning of their existence, I’m referring of coarse to the Muslims.
Thus as we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, may we never forget what Pope Pius XI said: “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”