Rosary

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The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden")[1] or "garland of roses"[2] is a popular and traditional Roman Catholic devotion. The term denotes both a set of prayer beads and the devotional prayer itself, which combines vocal (or silent) prayer and meditation. The prayers consist of repeated sequences of the Lord's Prayer followed by ten prayings of the Hail Mary and a single praying of "Glory Be to the Father"; each of these sequences is known as a decade. The praying of each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which are events in the lives of Jesus Christ and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The traditional 15 Mysteries of the Rosary were set by Pope Pius V the 16th century. The mysteries are grouped into three sets: the joyful mysteries, the sorrowful mysteries, and the glorious mysteries. In 2002, Pope John Paul II announced five new optional mysteries, the luminous mysteries, bringing the total number of mysteries to 20. The term has come to be used to refer to similar beads in other religions.[3][1]

References

  1. "Rosary." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper. 03 May. 2008.
  2. "Rosary". Wedgewood, Hensleigh. A Dictionary of English Etymology. 2nd ed. London: Trubner & Co., 1872. pg 544.
  3. rosary - definition of rosary by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia