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The History of The Rosary

Updated on July 7, 2016

Prayer Rosaries

Praying with Rosary Beads is a common practice that has been around for a long time. Many people around the world have different variations of the Rosary.
Praying with Rosary Beads is a common practice that has been around for a long time. Many people around the world have different variations of the Rosary. | Source
Christians have prayed and meditated with a rosary for decades. They now have bracelets and anklet Rosaries. Rosaries now come in all different colors and designs.
Christians have prayed and meditated with a rosary for decades. They now have bracelets and anklet Rosaries. Rosaries now come in all different colors and designs. | Source
The four Mysteries of the Rosary are shown in this document. The Rosary has been used for a long time all over the world by Christians.
The four Mysteries of the Rosary are shown in this document. The Rosary has been used for a long time all over the world by Christians. | Source
A beautiful drawing of someone holding and praying with a set of Rosary beads.A Rosary to me offers comfort.
A beautiful drawing of someone holding and praying with a set of Rosary beads.A Rosary to me offers comfort. | Source

The Tale of the Rosary

In the middle ages, there is evidence that shows the Our Father Prayer and Hail Mary, were said using prayer beads. Tradition states that the virgin Mary appeared to a saint in 1214 and that's where we get The Lady of Our Rosary. The thirty three beads of the rosary are said to be a representative of the thirty three years that Jesus Christ lived on this earth. The earliest recording of The Rosary was in the fourth century when fathers went out in the desert and used prayer ropes to count the amount of times that they said the Our Father prayer. The word bead, comes from an old English noun meaning prayer. People from all over the world pray with Rosary beads and meditate with them too. The Rosary beads give a sense of calmness and even a peacefulness just seems to come over you when you hold Rosary beads and simply meditate.

Who has been known to use Rosary beads? Rosary beads can be used by anyone and everyone as a means of meditation and prayer. Prayer beads are used in Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. The Rosary is believed to consist of four mysteries. The Glorious Mysteries, Joyful Mysteries, Luminous Mysteries and The Sorrowful Mysteries.

The Catholic Church officially established a devotion in 1569, for the Rosary.

Personal Story:

I hope that you will excuse the personal story but, my boyfriend bought me my first Rosary. Of course it was special in the fact that he bought it for me but, I believe there is something that happens when I hold those beads in my hands. There is some that believe that I love to just hold it in my hands and let the beads just kind of roll around in my hands and on my fingers. I do not know how to describe the feeling but, there is a kind of reminder, that comes in the form of peace that comes over me when I hold them in my hand. I have my Rosary hanging from my rear view mirror in my car. I like it as a reminder of Christ wherever I go. It makes me feel safe and it is almost like I have someone watching over me. Could it be that an angel is watching over me?

Please share your thoughts on Rosary Beads in the comments box located at the bottom of this hub.


What Rosaries Are Made Of

The majority of the Rosaries are made of wood, plastic or glass attached to rope. Most all of the Rosaries have a Crucifix at the end of them. There are so many different beads that are used now to make Rosaries so, there are some really unique ones out there. Sometimes they are made of wood, plastic or gold and sometimes they have stickers of Jesus that are attached to the larger beads.

A Rosary is like any other product in the sense that you can buy the best and the most expensive as far as a Rosary is concerned or down to the cheapest available price. It would depend on what kind of rosary you want and what you are going to do with it. The Rosary can still have the same meaning to you, no matter what the price.

The Catechism (Catholic Dictionary) says that wearing the Rosary will help them love Jesus more and it will protect them from Satan. I believe that there is some truth to the part that says being protected from Satan. I believe this myself.

Other forms of Christianity have similar practices to the Rosary. Most noted would be prayer ropes or prayer beads. The beads on these ropes are known as chaplets.

Rosaries are known to adorn Catholic churches throughout the halls and they are found in the Christian book stores. The point of the rosary or prayer beads is simply pray/meditation. Some people also wear rosary bracelets.

How To Use The Rosary In Prayer

1. While holding the Rosary in your hand make the sign of the cross and recite the Apostle's Creed aloud or in silence.

2. Say the prayer that our Lord gave us: Our Father.

3. Say three Hail Mary's.

4. Aloud say Glory Be To The Father.

5. Announce mystery (moment of Christ's life). Then say the Our Father Prayer once again.

6. Meditate on your announced mystery and say ten Hail Mary's.

7. Say Glory Be To The Father

8. AMEN


Hail Mary: It's a traditional prayer, in the Catholic Faith, asking for the intercession, of The Virgin Mary The Mother of Jesus. Lutherans also use this prayer and other Protestant Demomintion

The word Rosary means Garland of Roses and it's used to commemorate the life of Jesus.

There are many different Rosary prayers and also there are many different ways to wear the Rosary. Some people hang them from the rear view mirror in the car, some wear them as a bracelet or as a necklace.

A set of Rosary beads that has been blessed are considered to be Sacramental. Some beads even have drops of Holy Water in them.


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