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Marcus McHugh wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was discussing my Catholic faith with someone, and he asked me:

  • Why do we have to pray the Our Father, ten Hail Mary's, and a Glory Be?
  • Why are those prayers in the Rosary?
  • What made the people who suggested doing the Rosary pick those prayers and the number of times we say each of them?
  • Isn't the reason we pray the Rosary to ask Mary to pray for us?

Thanks for answering these questions.


  { Can you answer some questions on the beginnings of the Rosary and why we pray the Rosary? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Marcus —

The purpose of the Rosary is not to ask Mary to pray for us, but to meditate with her on the Works of God which are recalled in the mysteries, to praise God, and to ask her intercession.

The Rosary began as Our Fathers only. 150 for the 150 Psalms were added later, and it gradually evolved to the way we say it now.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi Marcus,

Here is some background material, [MS WORD doc] | [Web page], with questions and answers near the end of each document.

I think you will find it helpful.


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