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VIDEO: Is the Rosary Just "Vain Repetitions"?

04/28/2012 Comments (120)

We’re coming up on May–a month associated with the Virgin Mary–so here’s a new video on one of the most common objections to the rosary: the charge that it amounts to “vain repetitions,” in violation of Jesus’ command in the Sermon on the Mount:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking" (Matt. 6:7, King James Version).

"Surely, the rosary must violate that," an opponent of the rosary thinks. "I mean, 153 Hail Marys? That's gotta violate Jesus' command against repetitive prayer."

But is that what Jesus really meant? Is it even what he really *said*? Or has there been a translation problem here?

In this video episode from the Jimmy Akin Podcast, I go into the surprising background of this verse and why--even if you grant the critic his translation--it doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

I also reveal a prayer even more "repetitive" than the rosary that Jesus and his disciples likely prayed at the Last Supper, just before going to the Garden of Gethsemane.

By the way, I’m also preparing an “interview” with John Paul II on the rosary, so if you’d like to get his wisdom on this special devotion, sign up for the Secret Information Club and on May 1st you’ll get it by email.

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Watch the episode here:

or download it here.

Filed under anti-catholic, anti-catholicism, fundamentalism, jesus, mary, prayer, rosary, sermon on the mount

About Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin
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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."