Explanation in Matthew 6:7-8 By: Nicholai M.Lucenos,CFD


But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

(Matthew 6:7-8, King James Version)


In the gospel it something confusing of what the text adheres because some of our separated brethren in other religious denomination are using these verse of such an argument to tell us that praying Rosary as we do in Catholic Belief is enligned with this warn. But I tell you that when we pray Rosary is not contrary to the bible because it is not a vain repetitions and before I give a conclusion, may I define what is the meaning of vain.


: having no real value : idle, worthless <vain pretensions>

(SOURCE:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vain)


Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (KJV, also “You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God” (NRSV) and variants) is one of the Ten Commandments. It is a prohibition of blasphemy, specifically, the misuse or “taking in vain” of the name of the God of Israel.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thou_shalt_not_take_the_name_of_the_Lord_thy_God_in_vain


The word vain is a blasphemous manner of praying  and the other also it is worthless about this verse. In the verse of Matthew 6: 7-8, it explained that when we pray by using a blasphemous word repetition is contrary in God like pagans but in rosary it is not a blasphemy of God because it is a word of God, why I’ am saying a word of God because Rosary compose of  Mysteries about  Jesus, Mary who is biblical not a an ordinary words.


There is a traditional “rotation schedule” to help you choose which set of mysteries to meditate upon on a given day:

Monday: Joyful Mysteries

Tuesday: Sorrowful Mysteries

Wednesday: Glorious Mysteries

Thursday: Luminous Mysteries

Friday: Sorrowful Mysteries

Saturday: Joyful Mysteries

Sunday: Glorious Mysteries

The mysteries are usually listed in a timeline order. I‘ve included the virtues, or fruits, along with the Biblical references that describe each event:

Joyful Mysteries:

1. The Annunciation (Humility) Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14

2. The Visitation (Charity/Love of Neighbor) Luke 1:39-56

3. The Nativity (Poverty) Luke 2:6-20; Matthew 1:18-25

4. The Presentation (Obedience) Luke 2:22-39

5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Joy in finding Jesus; prudence) Luke 2:41-51

Luminous Mysteries:

1. The Baptism of Jesus (Fidelity to our baptismal promises) Matthew 3:11-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:15-22; John 1:26-34

2. The Wedding Feast at Cana (Faith in Mary‘s intercession and maternal care) John 2:1-12

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom (Conversion of heart) Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 5:1-16; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 7:21

4. The Transfiguration (Desire to become a new person in Christ)Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36

5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Love of the Eucharist; active participation at Mass); Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 22-25; Luke 22:14-20; John 6:33-59

Note: The five Luminous Mysteries, or Mysteries of Light, were introduced in 2002 by Pope John Paul II in Rosary of the Virgin Mary.

Sorrowful Mysteries:

1. The Agony in the Garden (True sorrow for sin; repentance) Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46

2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Modesty and purity; mortification or self-denial) Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:16-22; John 19:1

3. The Crowning of Thorns (Moral courage; love of our enemies) Matthew 27:29-30; Mark 15:16-20; John 19: 2-3

4. The Carrying of the Cross (Patience, especially when suffering; fortitude) Luke 23: 26-32; Matthew 27:31-32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26-32

5. The Crucifixion (Perseverance; mercy) Luke 23: 33-46; Matthew 27: 33-54; Mark 15: 22-39; Luke 23: 33-47; John 1917-37

Glorious Mysteries:

1. The Resurrection (Faith) Matthew 28: 1-10; Mark 16: 1-18; Luke 24: 1-49; John 20:1-29

2. The Ascension (Hope) Mark: 16: 19-20; Luke 24: 50-51; Acts 1: 6-11

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Love of God; gifts of the Holy Spirit) Acts 2:1-41

4. The Assumption* (Grace of a happy death; eternal happiness) Revelation 12:1

5. The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth* (True devotion to Mary) Revelation 12:1

*Mary‘s Assumption and Coronation are implied in Revelation Chapter 12 and in other Biblical references, but neither is directly stated in the Bible.

Both events are part of Catholic Tradition. The Catechism of the Catholic

Church defines the Assumption in Sections 966 and 974.

Mary is the Mother of God, the Queen Mother of Christ the King. Catholics celebrate the feast of the Queenship of Mary annually on August 22nd. Maryis addressed as Queen in many titles that honor her such as Queen of the Rosary, Queen of Peace, Queen of the Angels, etc.


It is not a worthless because it is a  veneration to Mary and the other part is it is not a vain repetition. In repetition is not absolutely wrong as long it is not vain and also Jesus Christ pray repeatedly.

(Matthew 26:44, New Revised Standard Version)

So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.

My Brother and Sister in Christ I hope that you learn in my short contribution regarding the Topic and also try also interpret the word in the bible not in literal always and understand it.

(1 Corinthians 2:13, New Revised Standard Version),

For we write you nothing other than what you can read and also understand; I hope you will understand until the end–





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