Origin of the Holy Rosary Prayers By Christopher Cross

In Cora Evans book entitled “Refugees from Heaven” Cora Evans hears Jesus speaking to his mother before they were heading to Jerusalem which will be His last time He would be with His mother before passion week. Jesus says to His mother, “soon I will no longer be here in this world and I am asking you permission to use you in centuries to come to appear in numerous places throughout the world. I cannot do this unless I have your permission very much like Our Father in Heaven sent the Archangel Gabriel to ask you permission to be the mother of the Messiah. You gave your permission and I also need to get your permission to use you in the centuries to come. In years to come there will be warm centuries, and then there will be cold centuries, and I will need you to appear to certain people during certain centuries to bring back humanity to their senses”. Our lady said, “yes my son I give you my permission”, and with that she was able to see all the apparitions throughout the centuries that she would be involved in to spread the message of her son throughout the world. In addition to this conversation Jesus also gave the Blessed Mother a peril that St. Joseph gave him, and Jesus ask Mary “would you come up with a special prayer for people to say that would commemorate the episodes of my life”? Our Lady agreed and said she would come up with a prayer to remember her son’s episodes during his life on earth. In the 4th century this prayer was known as the Angelic Salutation. In the year 1206 Our Lady gave St. Dominic this beautiful prayer a name which is now called the rosary. Our Lady felt so strong about this prayer that she atached 15 promises to anyone who says the Rosary daily. We now have the 20 mysteries of the Holy Rosary commemorating the episodes in the life of Jesus Christ. Now here is the history of the prayers that are included in the rosary and their origin.

Apostles Creed – In the book City of God by Blessed Agreda, Our Lady is sitting with the apostles at the home of St. Mark’s house located just across the street from the Upper Room where the Last Supper was celebrated. This is about two weeks after our Lord ascended to Heaven. Our Lady asks all the apostles that if you are to follow my son and to teach everything that my Son taught you, then you all need a common belief to follow. They all agreed with the Blessed Mother and inspired by the Holy Spirit Peter says “ I believe in God the Father Almighty creator of Heaven and earth”, Andrew says “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. Luke says “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit born of the Virgin Mary. John says” suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. Each of the apostles came up with part of this beautiful prayer. You see this became known as the Creed of the Apostles or we know it as the Apostles Creed. Now you know the origin of the Apostles Creed and it was through the inspiration of the Blessed Mother that we have this prayer today as we begin our rosary.

Our Father – After following Jesus for almost 3 years and watching the miracles He performed in front of their own eyes and how Jesus many times would go away from the apostles to pray to His Father in Heaven. They were curious about how they should pray. Once when they were in Jerusalem staying on the Mt of Olives overlooking Jerusalem one of the apostles asked Jesus this question. Lord, teach us all how to pray, and Jesus said, “Our Father who are in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen. We now have the Our Father prayer which is the most famous of all prayers and is said during Mass, and during the rosary between each decade.

Glory Be To the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – The Glory Be was first prayed by monks in the fourth century to end every Psalm of the Breviary. It was a special way giving the Holy Trinity the exaltation and glory it deserves. We implemented the Glory Be … the end of each decade of the rosary giving them the glory, honor and respect that they truly deserve.

Hail Mary Prayer – The first part of the Hail Mary was said by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Mother when he asked her if she would be the mother of the Messiah. Archangel Gabriel greeted her with these words: “Hail full of Grace the Lord is with you”. Then Our Lady was told by the angel that her cousin Elizabeth was with child and needed her assistance. She left with St. Joseph and traveled some 80 miles on foot to the town of Ain Karem which is 3 miles west of Jerusalem. When Mary met Elizabeth she said to her, “Blessed are you among woman and blessed is the fruit of your womb”. These two statement join together became the angelic salutation for 1200 years. In the year 430 AD at the Council of Ephesus there was the Nestorian Heresy which atacked the Motherhood of Mary as the Mother of God. As a result of this heresy the church added : “Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death”. The word Mary and word Jesus wasn’t added to this prayer until the 7th Century.

Oh My Jesus save us from the fires of Hell, and lead all soul to Heaven especially those in most need of Your mercy. This prayer was given to us by the angel at Fatima in the year 1917. The angel asks that this prayer should be added after the Glory Be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit after each decade. This why we say this prayer after each decade.

Hail Holy Queen prayer AKA “Save Regina” – It came between the 11th or 12th century by a German monk and scholar name Hermann of Reichenau also known as Herman the Lame, or Herman the Cripple. He was born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy and spina bifida and he had great difficulty moving and could hardly speak. Despite his physical disabilities Hermann was brilliant student and wrote several works on mathematics, astronomy, history, and theology. He is known to have writen the music “Hail Holy Queen” as we have it today. It is one of the best known Marian prayers and is commonly recited or sung in monastic communities at the close of the day and is said at the conclusion of the Holy Rosary.

Interesting thing to know about the rosary. Jesus’s name is mentioned 54 times in the rosary, and Mary’s name is mentioned 107 times. This is why it is such an important prayer to say each day. A litle knowledge about the history of the rosary helps to understand it beter. On my pilgrimage we visit all the mysteries of the Holy Rosary or the episodes in the life of Jesus. This why our pilgrimage to the Holy Land is much different than other trip.

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