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The Rosary is a long-standing devotion of the Church.  It dates back at least to the time of St. Dominic in the third century.  

The Rosary resembles a necklace but it is NOT a necklace or jewelry.  It is for prayer.  Typically the Rosary is assembled in five decades.  They are called decades because each decade consists of ten beads for ten Hail Mary's.  Each decade is preceded by a single bead on which an Our Father is prayed.  At the end of each decade a Glory Be prayer is said.  While praying each decade the person meditates on one of the mysteries of the rosary.  There are currently four sets of mysteries.  

The Joyful Mysteries

  • The Annunciation
  • The Visitation
  • The Nativity
  • The Presentation
  • The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


The Sorrow Mysteries

  • The Agony in the Garden 
  • The Scourging 
  • The Crowning with Thorns 
  • The Carrying of the Cross 
  • The Crucifixion 


The Glorious Mysteries

  • The Resurrection
  • The Ascension 
  • The Descent of the Holy Spirit 
  • The Assumption
  • The Coronation


The Luminous Mysteries

  • The Baptism of the Lord 
  • The Wedding of Cana 
  • The Proclamation of the Kingdom 
  • The Transfiguration 
  • The Institution of the Eucharist


Traditionally there were only three sets of mysteries for a total of fifteen.  The fifteen decades of ten beads made for a total of 150 beads symbolizing the 150 psalms.  Prior to the beads for the decades, there are three beads and a small crucifix.  One prays the Apostles' Creed on the crucifix followed by three Hail Mary's on the beads and one Glory be prayer.

 Other forms of liturgy and prayer include:


Be sure and check out the video on a presentation I presented on the attitude we come to prayer with entitled "Talking to God: A Conversation about Prayer".




"Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed."Mark 1:35

"A clean heart create for him, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit." Psalm 51:12

The Rosary