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Is The Rosary Prayed In The Eastern Rite Of The Catholic Church?

by John Tobin
(Australia)

I have heard that the Rosary is not prayed in the Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church. Is this correct?

Thank you.

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The Byzantine Rosary
by: The Rosary Team

The Byzantine "Rosary" is called the Chotki (chaplet) or The Jesus Prayer. It is similar in style to the Rosary but not very similar in the way it is recited or meditated upon. Comparing it to the Rosary would be like comparing the Rosary with the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

The number of beads vary in this "chaplet" and are not divided into decades nor are any mysteries meditated upon. Rather than the "Hail Mary", on each bead is prayed the following prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

Many Byzantine Catholics do pray the Rosary but it is a tradition more popular in the Latin Rite.

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Eastern Rosary
by: Anonymous

To supplement the fine answer about Eastern Church Rosary, one might add that the Akathist Hymn to Our Lady has been compared to the Rosary. (I think that it even enjoys comparable indulgences.)
--A Byzantine Catholic visitor.

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Byzantine Rosary
by: Anonymous

While it is certainly not as popular as in the Latin Church, an Eastern form of the Rosary has been used by Eastern Catholics and even some Eastern Orthodox. If you type in "Byzantine Rosary" on Google, you can find some more information. One Eastern version of the Hail Mary is recited:

"Hail (or Rejoice), O Virgin Theotokos * Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee * Blessed art thou among women, and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb * For thou hast born the Savior of our souls."

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Bill Smith
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"Hail (or Rejoice), O Virgin Theotokos * Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee * Blessed art thou among women, and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb * For thou hast born* the Savior of our souls."

*'borne', from 'bear' ('to carry')

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