The Rosary is a prayer that honors Mary, the mother of Our Lord, and the important events in her life and in the life of Jesus. Based on a Latin word for ‘rose garden’, the rosary was developed to its present day form by the 16th century. According to legend, the rosary as we know it was revealed to St. Dominic. The Dominicans helped make the rosary a tradition of the early Church, and it has remained a vital part of Catholic prayer today.
Its roots, however, go farther back in history. Many religions use prayer beads to keep count of prayers and to induce a meditative state of prayer. The original rosary beads helped to teach the 150 psalms to the largely illiterate populations of the early European church. By the 11th century, the rosary became popular to recite 150 Our Fathers in place of the psalms. Beginning in the 12th century, devotion to Mary increased, and hence, the rosary became more Marian with 5 sets of Hail Mary’s said, along with Our Fathers on the 5 ‘paternoster’ beads.
A full rosary would be said 4 times over, to include the 4 sets of mysteries of the life of Mary and of Christ: the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and the most recent, the Luminous Mysteries. However, it is part of our Catholic tradition to say a rosary while meditating on one of the 4 sets of mysteries on separate days: the Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, the Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays.
While holding the rosary beads, we recite the Hail Mary and other prayers in a systematic way. Descriptions of the meditations for each mystery, along with the corresponding prayers recited, can be found at Medjugorje Web.
The Rosary at St. Julia Church is prayed weekday mornings after 7:00 am Mass, after the 8:00 am Mass on Saturdays, and at 11:00 am during First Friday Eucharistic Adoration.
The Rosary at St. Joseph Church is prayed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:20 am, followed by Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) and the Angelus.
On Monday and Wednesday mornings, Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) is prayed at 8:40 am, followed by the Angelus at 9:00 am and then the Rosary.
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