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The Rosary. What's It All About?

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One of the most iconic devotions of Catholicism is the rosary.  What exactly is it and where did it come from?  The rosary was given to Saint Dominic in the year 1214 in an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the church of Prouille located in France.  This apparition is entitled Our Lady of the Rosary.

The rosary is the praying of 50 Hair Marys (Ave Marias) preceded by a Our Father prayer.  Meditation of 15 mysteries about the life of Jesus and Mary are meditated on during each decade (1 Our Father and 10 Hail Marys).  Generally, 5 mysteries are meditated on during one session of the rosary and usually depend on what day of the week a set of 5 mysteries are meditated on.  Pope John Paul II introduced 5 additional, optional mysteries in 2002.

The rosary devotion has been mentioned in following apparitions of our Blessed Mother with a number of promises attributed to the power of the rosary.  In the fifteenth century, Alain de la Roche, a Dominican preacher, received the 15 promises of the rosary.  The fifteen promises are classified as private revelation and the faithful may freely believe in them or not.

The rosary is usually prayed enlisting the use of a circular link of beads and medals.  Here is an example of a typical rosary:

Many miracles have be attested to the praying of the rosary from the Battle of Lepanto to World War II in Hiroshima.  The word rosary actually means 'crown of roses' which has been revealed that every time a Hary Mary is said, it's like giving a rose to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pray the rosary everyday!



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