The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers in the Catholic Church, and according to a Dominican tradition, in 1208 the rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition (vision) by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, in the church of Prouille (cradle of the Dominicans, where the first Dominican house, a monastery of nuns, was founded in late 1206 or early 1207). This Marian apparition (vision) received the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.
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In the 15th century, Blessed Alanus de Rupe (also known as Saint Alan of the Rock), a Dominican priest and theologian, is said to have received a vision from Jesus about the necessity of reinstating the rosary as a form of prayer in the Catholic belief.
The Meaning of The Rosary Beads
The main function of the rosary beads is for those rating with it to count their prayers. The prayers that are counted on rosary beads are collectively known as the rosary. The goal of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in history.
However, it is known that there are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these mysteries are divided into five main mysteries which correspond to the five decades of the rosary.
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Although a variety of prayers might be adopted while saying the rosary, a selection of standard prayers is most commonly used. These standard prayers are Apostle’s Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. During the rosary prayers, A decade consists of one Our Father, ten Hail Mary's and one Glory Be.
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