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Why We Should Pray the Rosary

Both my children, graduates of Catholic schools, are studying the Bible and want to know where it says that we should to pray the rosary to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Because the Old Testament has 150 psalms, some early Christians began to recite 150 Our Fathers, the prayer that Jesus gave us. That practice later morphed into praying the rosary as we know it.

This is one way that Mary’s prophecy that “from now on will all ages call me blessed” (Lk 1:48) is fulfilled. Praying the rosary can help people to cooperate as generously with God’s grace as Mary did. Praying the psalms continues to nourish the spiritual life of everyone who does so.

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