The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to The Rosary as an
“epitome of the whole Gospel”
On Thursday I went to Mass. Now, there are three occassional prayers, the first just before the first scipture reading, the second after the Offertory, and the third at the end before the final blessing. The prayers end with the priest saying either ‘we ask this through Christ our Lord’, ‘in the name of Jesus the Lord’, or variations or longer versions of these. At the end of the prayer, the people respond ‘Amen’.
Just before the Eucharistic Prayer is the Preface, which is also occassional. About a third of the way through most versions of the Preface is the phrase ‘through Christ our Lord’. More often than not some people, a minority, at whatever Mass I am at, say ‘Amen’ after they have heard ‘through Christ our Lord’. They are not supposed to say ‘Amen’ there, but being on some form of automatic pilot just say ‘Amen’ as it is what they say at other times during Mass when they hear ‘through Christ our Lord’, and they, in my opinion, are not really concentrating on what they are saying. They are just being there. (As I pointed out, most people do not blurt out an ‘Amen’ when they shouldn’t, so the implication is their mind is on what is happening).
That is how I feel about The Rosary. It is like saying prayers on auto pilot – and saying them as fast as possible, to the point where anyone listening who didn’t know what was being said would have buckley’s of working it out. I used to be there in a half-darkened church on a Tuesday and Wednesday night. Listening to someone say a rapid-fire first half of the Hail Mary, then I’d join in with the other people to say the second half at a blistering rate. At the time I wondered what the point was. I knew why I was at church, I was there to get closer to God. But what was the point of saying prayers like that? Saying the Lord’s Prayer slowly, and actually thinking about what I am praying to God the Father makes a trillion times more sense.
What is an “epitome of the whole Gospel”? I’d say John, and 1 John … and a good slab of the rest of the NT.