In truth, there are many reasons.
First, because I have done so for a long, long time and it has made a major difference in my life. Despite assertions by some non-Catholics, I’m not praying in worship to Mary, though she has my eternal respect and praise, but to the heavenly father. Through Mary.
Second, because the Rosary is spectacularly Christ-focused. It is scriptural. It places Jesus within the context of the major themes of his message, teaching, sacrifice and life and thinking about all these things is a good way to pray. The best way.
Third, there is something rhythmic, melodic, comforting about the manner in which the Rosary is prayed, when prayed correctly.
And then there is this. Towards the end of the prayer, after you’ve rounded the bead bend and are coming into the home stretch, there is the “Hail Holy Queen” traditional prayer. It goes like this:
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us, the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
It’s that final line: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
What a bold and beautiful request, one that humbles and inspires. To ask the mother of God to help us to be made worthy of the promises of her son captures the essence and crux of all I hope to achieve in prayer. To be made worthy of his promises.
The Rosary helps me towards that.
For instructions on how to pray the rosary – see here.