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The holy Rosary

12 Jan 2015, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Mater Dei

 The Holy Rosary is a form of devotion in the holy Catholic Church; it is a devotion that is held in high esteem. Some persons question the relevance of this devotion, while others see it as a form of idolatry, but for us Catholics, it is a powerful weapon against the power of darkness.

The Rosary’s origin may not biblical as such, but tradition has it that it was given to St. Dominic by the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Dominic was a Catholic Priest who was so much interested in converting sinners, particularly the Albigensian heretics. His zeal for this mission led him into a life of solitude and penance where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him in a vision and gave him the Rosary as a weapon to assist him in his effort to convert sinners. Over the years, the Rosary may have evolved into the form we have it today; my concern is not the history but the relevance and power of the Rosary in our world today. about the holy rosary and marian devotions

It is unfortunate that Christians that are called to fight a common enemy (the devil) are now fighting themselves and attacking each other. The pulpit where the resurrected Christ’s power is supposed to be proclaimed is gradually becoming a channel through which other Churches and denominations are attacked and condemned. The Holy Rosary is a victim of this condemnation, yet it remains a victor. It is a weapon that the Holy Catholic Church will never drop; it is a devotional prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary yet more of Christ. A devotional prayer to Mary because through it, we ask for her intercessions before her Son as she did at the wedding in Cana (Jn. 2:1-12). It is a devotional prayer that is more of Christ because it helps us to meditate on the mysteries of Christ and not Mary. It is all about the power and love of God; it is about God unfolding his plans for man. There is nothing wrong in meditating on the mysteries of our salvation; there is nothing wrong in calling on the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us before her Son, who is the way, the truth, and the life. I am a living testimony to the relevance and power of the Holy Rosary and the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary has no power of her own apart from the power of God; the Rosary is not magic but a weapon through which God works wonder through Christ. The devil cannot stand the presence of the Mother of God (Holy Mary) and the Rosary; her humility reminds the devil of the pride that brought him down. Mary herself said in her Magnificat that God has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree… Lk. 1:51-52.

about the holy rosary and marian devotionsIn Mary, the handmaid of God, we see the power of God. We are proud to honor her because God honored her first. The Rosary, therefore, is not a form of idolatry but a devotional prayer that the Catholic Church is very proud of. It is about Mary and Christ, the Lord.