Why Rosary2


At the end of the words ‘and blessed is the fruit of your womb’, we add “Jesus”. Why do we have the name of the Lord being added to the first part of the prayer?

  • First of all we correctly identify that the fruit of the womb is “Jesus” as the fulfillment of what the angel Gabriel announced at the annunciation- “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus”- Luke 1: 31 (RSV)
  • But what is the significance of the name ‘Jesus’ to us? St. Paul wrote to the congregation at Colossae: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” – Colossians 3: 17a (RSV) Therefore as Christians we need to do everything in the name of Jesus because his name is above every name (Philippians 2: 9) Verse 10 further expresses this truth: ‘that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth’- Philippians 2: 10 (NAB) Therefore, taking the name of Jesus on our lips either praying for ourselves or for others brings about healing, deliverance and salvation. We read St. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, making this declaration: “then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’ There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”- Acts 4: 10- 12 (NAB)
  • Finally, this is how our Catholic Church expresses the importance of the Lord’s name in our prayers: CCC 435: The name of Jesus is at the heart of Christian prayer. All liturgical prayers conclude with the words “through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The Hail Mary reaches its high point in the words “blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” The Eastern prayer of the heart, the Jesus Prayer, says: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Many Christians, such as St. Joan of Arc, have died with the one word “Jesus” on their lips.