How the Rosary Evolved

Combining prayer and meditation, the rosary has been practiced for approximately 1,200 years. The devotional practice

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began in the ninth century when it was used to chant 150 Biblical Psalms during monastic worship services. While worshippers were inspired to take part in this kind of ritual, they also found it difficult to memorize that much content too. Therefore, the rosary was transformed into a series of 150 recitations of Our Father prayers, all which, of course, were easier for parishioners to remember.

The Use of the Rosary

At the onset, the rosary that was used for counting prayers consisted of 150 small stones that were stored inside pouches of leather. This technique proved to be a clumsy way to count. Therefore, a slender rope was designed for the purpose instead. On the thin string, 50 knots were made so the prayers could be counted three times a day. After some time, the strings were replaced with globular pieces of wood.

As time passed, both Church clergy and worshippers included the Angelic Salutation in their devotions, which is the beginning portion of the Hail Mary of today. In turn, this additional prayer caused the church to adopt 50 of the salutations, each of which was recited for each wood bead on the prayer link.

The Hidden Mysteries and Meditations

In the 1200s, church devotees started to regard the 150 psalms as the hidden mysteries of Jesus Christ’s life and ultimate resurrection. In response, they started to compose a number of Psalters, each of which was made to explain the psalms that were associated with the life of Christ. Psalters were also written in honor of Mary as well. The Psalters were then separated into rosariums, or individual groupings of 50 prayers. These writings led to the development of meditations, each which was associated with a related bead.

As time progressed rosarium prayers were divided into decades, or into sets of ten prayers, with one Our Father prayer followed by ten Hail Marys. By the beginning of the 18th century, the thoughts that made up the rosary became meditations, all which were called mysteries. These mysteries were segmented into Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious meditations, each which was comprised of five stories. Five Luminous Mysteries were added to these meditations by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

The Rosary of Today

The prayers of the rosary combined with the beads are known as chaplets, and are, by far, the most popular of the chaplets that are used in prayerful devotion today. The rosary of today came about as the result of an appearance of the Virgin Mary in the thirteenth century, who was said to have given a rosary to St. Dominic. At that time, she asked that the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be prayers be recited in place of the Psalms. During that period, the rosary featured 15 decades.

Praying the Rosary and Using the Rosary Beads

Therefore, the standard prayers and recitations of the rosary include Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be, and the Apostle’s Creed. When you’re praying the rosary then and using rosary beads, you need to recite the Apostles’ Creed on the crucifix. Next you’ll recite the Our Father prayer on the following large bead. Three Hail Marys are repeated on the following three small beads and Glory Be is prayed on the chain.

Then proclaim the first mystery and pray Our Father on the next large bead. Recite ten Hail Marys on the following ten beads and, again, on the chain, recite the Glory Be prayer. Then repeat the above steps for each of the remaining four decades.


Overcoming Life’s Difficulties through Prayer

The rosary is a popular spiritual devotional for Christ’s followers, all which makes wearing rosary jewelry in the form of a necklace or bracelet special and meaningful. A quote by Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos, a Carmelite nun, who is popularly known by Christians as *Sister Lúcia of Fátima, emphasized the rosary’s importance by saying, “There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

*(In 1917, Sister Lúcia claimed that she saw the Virgin Mary in a series of apparitions in Fátima, Portugal.)

Saying the Rosary – When It Became a Practice

However, it was St. Dominic who first encouraged saying the Rosary as the people in his community were involved in heresy. The promises made to St. Dominic by the Blessed Mother are listed below.

Rosary Promises

The Promises of the Rosary – As Given by the Blessed Mother to St. Dominic

Specialized protection and grace to anyone who recites the Rosary prayers.
A shield against hell – the destruction of vice, a decrease in sin and the defeat of heresy.
The flourishing of good works and virtue, obtaining for souls God’s abundant mercy – a lifting for the desire of all things eternal and a withdrawal by the heart from the love of the world.
Any reciters of the Rosary will not be consumed by misfortune. Instead, God, in His infinite mercy, will not chastise anyone who applies himself to contemplating the Sacred Mysteries while reciting the Rosary.
Anyone who experiences true devotion to the Rosary will not leave this World without the Sacraments.
The light of God will shine into the World of those who recite the Rosary. At the moment they die, they will take part in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.
The Virgin Mary will deliver those in purgatory who have recited the Rosary.
God’s Children who are faithful in their devotion to the Rosary will receive a high amount of Heavenly glory.
By the recitation of the Rosary, Christians will receive all that they ask.
The Virgin Mary will assist Rosary devotees with their needs in life.
Per Mary’s Devine Son, all reciters and advocates of the Rosary will be given intercessors, represented by the whole celestial court, during their life and at the time of death
All those who recite the Rosary are Mary’s children as well as brothers and sisters of her only Son, Jesus Christ.
Predestination is a major and significant sign of saying the Rosary.

Rosary Blessings

Ten blessings of the Rosary come with its promises.

Sinners are forgiven of their sins.
Souls that are thirsty receive refreshment.
The bonds of the fettered are broken.
Anyone who is crying discovers happiness.
Temptation is defeated and peace is found.
The poor obtain assistance.
The religious experience reformation.
The ignorant are instructed.
Pride is overcome.
The Holy Souls of the dead relieve their pains by suffrages.

Rosary Benefits

The Rosary provides the following benefits.

The recitation of the Rosary allows Christians to receive a perfect knowledge of Christ.
The Rosary purifies the soul and washes away sin.
It enables Christians to obtain victory over their enemies.
Virtue is easily practiced by reciting the Rosary prayers.
Christians become enlivened by their love for Christ.
Christians are enriched with graces and merits.
It offers one the ability to pay his debts to God and other people as well as receive God’s good graces.

The Realization of Peace and Fulfillment

Do you want the peace and fulfillment that come with following Christ? Do you want to better understand his teachings and gain eternal life? Then you can begin by purchasing a special lifetime keepsake of a rosary necklace or bracelet. Reciting the rosary provides the opportunity to renew your commitment to God and gain a strong foothold against the Enemy.