- Aug 20, 2016
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I am not Eastern Orthodoxx or Roman Catholic. I am Lutheran. I do use the Rosary.Xavier said:Some Orthodox Christians have said they pray the Rosary, sometimes with slightly different words than Latin Catholics are accustomed to praying it, and have found it helpful in their spiritual life. Have any Orthodox here prayed the Rosary and believe you've experienced some graces, blessings, spiritual growth etc thanks to it?
This is the part of the Hail Mary that I use, and the same part Martin Luther used (he prayed the Rosary every day of his life until he died). "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus Christ!" This comes straight from Luke, and should be used. Although we acknowledge that Mary is Theotokos (Mother of God), Luther did NOT pray the rest of the prayer, because in the Augsburg Confession, prayers and invocations to the Saints are rejected.The Chief Prayer of the Rosary, of course, is the Hail Mary or the Angelic Salutation, by which the world was renewed and the way for the Incarnation of the Son of God was prepared. The main portion of the Hail Mary is of course taken directly from the Gospel,
Luther did, and I do, use the rest of the Rosary prayers without alteration. The Rosary is a beautiful, but Western tradition. I don't suppose many Orthodox, who have their own prayer beads that I know nothing about, would use the Rosary. My question is, is there anything in the Rosary that any Orthodox Church would oppose? I would think not, but I am asking because I don't know for sure.From the words of St. Gabriel and of St. Elizabeth, when St. John the Baptist was sanctified, as St. Luke relates in the first chapter. The second part was added by the Church and constantly affirms and re-affirms a sacred dogma defined at the Council of Ephesus, and accepted by all of us; namely, that Mary is Holy Mother of God. The Holy Theotokos, as She is called in the Greek tongue and the Byzantine Church.
We also testify daily the Power of Her Prayer with God, seeing as that She is by far greater than all the Saints, and recommend us and the whole Church to the most efficaciously powerful intercession of the holy Mother of God. Especially, we recommend the hour of our death to Her Powerful and Prayerful Protection.
The Glory be, is the Church's constant hymn of Praise and a most simple and beatiful prayer of glorification to the Most Holy Trinity
The Lord's Prayer, as we know, is taught by the Lord Himself, and is the best of prayers. Thus, the whole Rosary is a School of Prayer. That is, an aid for all those who would like to pray, that they may learn how to; for those proficient in prayer, that they may advance more in sanctity through it; and for those who aim at perfection, that they may most happily attain to it, according to what Catholic Tradition relates were some of the promises of Mother of God for it, "It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means! ... Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they ... shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven", as also Christian experience has constantly verified in subsequent centuries. Your thoughts on the Rosary, dear friends?