Is the Rosary Biblical?

We’ve talked about the Biblical roots of the Hail Mary, but what about the Rosary? What makes this prayer so powerful that St. Padre Pio called it “the weapon for these times”?

Dr. Edward Sri explains why the Rosary is not “vain repetition”, points to the Biblical source of each prayer in the Rosary, and gives practical advice on how we can better incorporate this impactful prayer into our daily lives.


Biblical Roots of Repetitive Prayer

Matthew 6:7-8 – And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 26:44 – So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.

Daniel 3:29-34 – “Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, and to be praised and highly exalted for ever; And blessed is thy glorious, holy name and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever; Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holy glory and to be extolled and highly glorified for ever. Blessed art thou, who sittest upon cherubim and lookest upon the deeps, and to be praised and highly exalted for ever. Blessed art thou upon the throne of thy kingdom and to be extolled and highly exalted for ever. Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven and to be sung and glorified for ever.

Revelation 4:8 – And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!”

Biblical Roots of Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Matthew 6:9 – Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.

Luke 1:26-28 –  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”

Luke 1:39-45 –  In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari′ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit* and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 

Practical Application

  • Break it up – Pray a decade several times throughout the day, instead of trying to do it all at once.
  • Take a small step – if you don’t pray the Rosary daily now, just do one decade everyday for a month and see what it does in your life.



  1. With my boys, we often pray what we call “A mini rosary”. It is a decade, but we mediate on a different mystery every two Hail Mary’s. It helped them learn the mysteries and was perfect for our morning drive to school.

  2. i pray the rosary daily but there times thoughts come in my mind where i wonder if its right cause its not in the bible and didnt find any where that it says to pray to our mother mary on to Jesus or God the name of Jesus i been praying for confirmation on this .


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