Q&A: Did the bible say that catholics are meant to pray the rosary?

March 7, 2013 | By

Question by Amauche: Did the bible say that catholics are meant to pray the rosary?
If so, what bible verse?

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Answer by jim C
It's one of many catholic inventions

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Comments (15)

  1. Esther

    Many of the things done in the Catholic church are man made traditions and have nothing to do with anything in the bible. This is one of them.

  2. Aaron U.

    Gabriel greeting Mary is Biblical. But chanting 70 repetitious prayers to her is NOT…

  3. The icicle Queen

    When will it sink in your thick head that Catholicism does not follow your insane Sola Scriptura doctrine which is not even found in the bible.

  4. Ranchmom1

    No, it does not say that anywhere.

    Jesus tells us to speak directly to God – to talk to Him about our joys, our fears, our concerns, our lives, just as one would talk to our earthly parents, but better, because God will never ever be to busy to listen to us or hurt us in any way.

    Wishing you well.

  5. Doubting Like Thomas

    Indications that they should NOT are found in Matthew 6:17

    The rosary consists of fifty repetitions of the Hail Mary, plus a few fillers.

  6. Bolton

    there is no bible verse that says that, it is later tradition after the bible.

  7. Michaelangelo

    The Bible says that all generations will call Mary blessed. This is true to the catholic generations, eastern rite or western rite congregations. I still don’t know why the Protestant Christians seldom call Mary blessed.

    Luke 1
    Mary’s Song

    46 Mary said,
    “My soul gives glory to the Lord.

    47 My spirit delights in God my Savior.
    48 He has taken note of me
    even though I am not important.
    From now on all people will call me blessed.

  8. Sldgman

    No, the development of the Rosary as a religious devotion and practice occurred after the canon of Scripture was declared.

    There is no prohibition to praying the Rosary in the Bible. It is not “vain repetition”.

  9. cristoiglesia

    Huh? Catholic Christians have been praying for 2000 years to God for themselves and for others. Jesus taught us to pray personally with the Lord’s prayer which is part of the Rosary and to teach us to show our love for one another through intercessaory prayer. We are even told that the prayers of a righteous person are of great benefit to us. All of the Rosary comes from the Bible and is Cristocentric in nature..

    Ther are too many Scriptures to list but this link lists them:


    God bless!

    In Christ
    Fr. Joseph

  10. Misty

    No but it does say we should pray.

    Catholics are not required to say the Rosary or any devotional prayers.

    The Rosary focuses on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Spending time in prayer, thinking about the life of Christ, can’t possibly be wrong.

  11. Tolstoyevsky

    1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

    No one who has said the Our Father more than once has the right to criticize repetition.

  12. Gemma Galgani

    The Rosary, is a meditation on the life of Christ from the Gospels. The Rosary is centered on the Gospels. It is focused on Christ’s Birth, teachings, passion, death, and resurrection.

    For me as a Catholic, seeing non-Catholics criticize the Rosary is confusing for many reasons.
    1) The Rosary helps us to focus on Jesus. Yes, it comes from the Bible. A person who prays the Rosary is praying the gospels
    2) There is no requirement for any Catholic to pray the Rosary. It’s just a tool to help people learn about Christ.
    3) The Rosary is not the only catholic devotional that uses beads. Take the Chaplet of the Precious Blood for example. It’s very similar to the Rosary.

    The Rosary meditates on 20 mysteries in the life of Christ. The Chaplet of the Precious Blood meditates on the 7 mysteries of the shedding of his precious blood:
    His circumcision, his shedding blood at the Garden of Olives, his scourging, his crowning with thorns, the carrying of the cross, his crucifixion, and the piercing of the lance.

    The difference between the Rosary and the Chaplet of the Precious Blood is that the Rosary is meditating on our lord through his Mother. Hence the Hail Mary’s.
    On the other hand, The Chaplet of the Precious Blood consists of all “Our Fathers.” 33 Our Fathers to be exact. One for each year Jesus was on earth.

    I’m just curious, if those non-catholics who are opposed to meditating on Jesus’ life in the Rosary would also be opposed to meditating on his precious blood. How can meditating on the life of Christ be wrong?

  13. K. Orrez

    It’s not in the bible, but neither are church spires. Bake sales, book sales and rummage sales aren’t in there either. Does that mean they are all contra biblical?

  14. Voice in the Wilderness


    While much of what the prayer of the rosary contains is scriptural, the whole second half of the “Hail Mary” and portions of the “Hail, Holy Queen” are blatantly unbiblical. While the first part of the Hail Mary is almost a direct quotation from Luke 1:28, there is no scriptural basis for (1) praying to Mary now, (2) addressing her as “holy” Mary, or (3) calling her “our life” and “our hope.”

    Is it right to call Mary “holy,” by which the Catholic Church means that Mary never sinned nor had any taint of original sin? In Luke 1:47, Mary calls God her “Savior.” Savior from what? A sinless person does not need a Savior. Sinners need a Savior. Mary acknowledged that God was her Savior. Therefore, Mary was acknowledging that she was a sinner.

    Jesus said that He came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). The Roman Catholic Church claims that Mary was saved from sin differently from everyone else–that she was saved from sin through the immaculate conception (her being conceived free of sin). But is this teaching scriptural? The Roman Catholic Church openly admits that this teaching is not found in Scripture. When a young man addressed Jesus as “good Master” (Matthew 19:16-17), Jesus asks why he calls Him “good” since there is none good but one, God. Jesus was not denying His own deity, He was trying to make the young man aware that he was using the term too loosely without thinking about what he was saying. But Jesus’ point is still valid or He would not have said it–there is none good but God. This excludes all but God, including Mary! This ties in with Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12; and countless other passages that stress the fact that in God’s eyes no one measures up. Never is Mary ever excluded from such all-encompassing statements!

    What of the question of praying to Mary or to anyone else besides God? We are never told in the Bible whether anyone else in heaven can even hear us. We do know that God alone is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. Even the angels, with whatever great abilities they may have, seem to have their limitations and can’t always make it to help us as they might like (Daniel 10:10-14). When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He gave them what is commonly called the “Our Father.” He teaches us to address our prayer to God. Whenever prayer is addressed to anyone, it is done to God! Never can you find a single example of someone praying to any “saint” or angel or anyone else (besides prayers to false gods). Further, any time that any pious person prostrates himself (in a religious setting) to honor someone else besides God (chiefly to the apostles or angels), he is told to get up, to stop it (Acts 10:25-26; Acts 14:13-16; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:8-9). The Roman Catholic Church states that it worships God alone but that it “venerates” Mary and the saints. What is the difference? A person praying the rosary spends more time calling out to Mary than to God! For every one praise of God in the rosary, there are 10 praises of Mary!

    The Bible states that Jesus is our Redeemer (Galatians 3:13; 4:4-5; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9). The “Hail, Holy Queen” calls Mary our “most gracious advocate,” but the Bible calls Jesus our Advocate to the Father (1 John 2:1) and our one Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). The only time in Scripture that the title “Queen of Heaven” is found it is in a negative way (Jeremiah 7:17-19; 44:16-27). The whole of Scripture teaches us to pray to God alone. Never once can you find an example or admonition to pray to anyone else! The only basis for the idea of getting to God through Mary is the biblical story of Mary coming to Jesus to ask for his help at a wedding feast (John 2). But in light of all of the other verses, including Jesus’ own instruction on how we are to pray, is it taking this passage in context to use it to teach that we ought to continue to go through Mary to get to God?

    Likewise, is it appropriate to call Mary our “life” and “hope”? Again, these are terms that are used of God alone in Scripture, particularly God the Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14; Colossians 3:4; 1 Timothy 1:1; Ephesians 2:12; Titus 2:13). Thus, the practice of saying the rosary goes contrary to Scripture in a number of ways. Only God can hear our prayers. Only God can answer our prayers. The Bible nowhere instructs Christians to pray through intermediaries, or to petition saints or Mary (in Heaven) for their prayers.

    Recommended Resource: The Gospel According to Rome: Comparing Catholic Tradition and The Word of God by James McCarthy.

    The Voice

  15. Irishgirl

    There are several bible verses used when praying the rosary. The rosary is a meditation on events in the life of Mary and Jesus which are found in the Bible. They’re called “mysteries” of the rosary. As one recites the prayers of one decade (one set of beads) one is to meditate on the mystery. For example, “Luminous Mysteries” include:

    First Decade: The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-16)
    Second Decade: The Wedding at Cana, when Christ manifested Himself (Jn 2:1-11)
    Third Decade: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15)
    Fourth Decade: The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Matthew 17:1-8)
    Fifth Decade: The Last Supper, when Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist (Mt 26)

    Prayers recited include the “Our Father” which is directly from the Bible. Even the “Hail Mary” is from the Bible:

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)
    Blessed art thou among women (Luke 1:41-42a,Luke 1:48),
    Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus (Luke 1:42b)
    Holy Mary, Mother of God (Luke 1:43)
    Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen (Luke 2:35, John 2:3-5)

    Only those ignorant of what praying the rosary is or of the bible could claim the rosary is not biblical. Here’s an article that can clear up some of your misunderstanding:

    A quick response to the “Do not pray as the heathens do; for they think that they shall be heard for their VAIN repetitions” verse. The heathens prayed to pagan Gods, their prayers were empty, insincere and blasphemous. The verse is a condemnation of empty prayers to pagan gods and is not a condemnation of repetition. There are several examples of repetitious prayers in the bible that were pleasing to God (Luke 18:13, Rev. 4:8, Psalm 136). Jesus Himself prayed a repetitious prayer in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:44).