Rev. Angus Stewart
The discussion regarding the sale of rosary beads in the Church of
Ireland Cathedral in Dublin (January, 2008) raises important
questions about the rosary itself.
Why are prayer beads (widely used in paganism) required when there
is no scriptural support for them? Do the practitioners need some
tangible assurance that their prayers have been uttered to and heard
by God? Is not the heavenly intercession of the crucified and risen
Son of God, the only high priest, enough? Did not the Lord Jesus
command His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, "Use not vain
repetitions, as the heathen do" (Matt. 6:7)?