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Explaining the Rosary


Dear Brother Ron

Can you describe the Roman Catholic rosary to me? I am interested in the intent behind it, NOT the physical aspects.

CS


Dear CS

The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses") is a popular 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 recitations of the Hail Mary and a single recitation of "Glory Be to the Father"; each of these sequences is known as a decade. The recitation 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 fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary were finalized by the 16th century. The mysteries are grouped into three sets: the joyful mysteries, the glorious mysteries, and the sorrowful mysteries. In 2002, Pope John Paul II announced four new optional mysteries, the luminous mysteries, bringing the total number of mysteries to twenty.

The joyful mysteries are the annunciation, finding in the temple, the birth of Jesus, presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Simeon the Righteous and Christian visitation. The glorious mysteries are the ascension of Jesus, assumption of Mary, coronation of the virgin, resurrection of Jesus and the stations of the resurrection.

The sorrowful mysteries are the agony in the Garden of Gethsemene, the crown of thorns, flagellation, stations of the cross and crucifixion. The luminous mysteries are the baptism of Jesus, the Last Supper, the marriage at Cana (water into wine) and the transfiguration.

Hope this helps.

Best always
Brother Ron