Origin Of The Rosary
Where Does The Rosary
Get Its Name?
The origin of the rosary has a rich history that continues to bring peace to
The word rosary itself comes from the Latin word rosarium,
which means rose garden or garland of roses.
When you pray the Rosary it is like taking a peaceful walk through Mary's rose garden.
A garden filled with beautiful, fragrant roses. There are...
The Origin of the rosary is so rich with history, yet all the mysteries can be
applied to your everyday, modern situations.
It has deep roots, yet is still enduring even in this hectic age.
Origin Of The Rosary
Who Spread The Devotion
Of Praying The Rosary?
Mary Reveals The Rosary To Famous Preacher...
Saint Dominic, a famous preacher, begins the history or the origin of the rosary.
His goal was to teach people the truth about Jesus.
But just like today, people of Saint Dominic's time wanted to fit Jesus into their own way
of thinking rather than changing their way of thinking to fit the teachings of Jesus.
At times Dominic met with little success.
One day when he was feeling particularly low and disappointed by the stubbornness
of the people, he prayed that Mary would help him.
The year was 1208.
Mary appeared to St. Dominic in a vision.
She told him to teach the people her psalter. This seemed like a strange request to Dominic,
that people were already praying and meditating upon.
Even the common illiterate people were substituting 150 "Our Fathers" in place of the Psalms.
Why was she asking that the people pray prayers they were already praying?
Mary Just Wants You
To Share In Her Life With Jesus
Mary further explained her request. She wanted people to meditate on the life
of Jesus as they pray.
Elevating their minds with her as she excitedly heard
the words of the Angel Gabriel as he announced the conception of Jesus.
The joy she felt at her cousin Elizabeth's greeting.
The serene awe she felt as she looked upon the baby Jesus that first Christmas in Bethlehem.
And how she felt as she and Saint Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple in accord
with Jewish law.
The relief they felt when they found the child Jesus in the temple
twelve years later amoung the elders, go about his Father's business.
She wanted the people to mourn with her during Jesus' agony in the Garden of Olives,
the night before He was crucified.
Experience the pain she felt when Jesus was scourged, mocked, and crowned with thorns,
and the agony of standing there helpless below His cross as He drew his last breath.
And yet Jesus did gloriously raise again in three days.
Then He ascended into Heaven to join His Father.
She encouraged St. Dominic to teach people to feel her happiness as she was assumed into heaven to be with her Son and where shortly thereafter Jesus gloriously crowned her,
Queen of Heaven and earth.
Dominic, who spread the devotion of praying the rosary by following Mary's advice, taught everyone he met these prayers.
By Praying The Rosary
And the response was truly amazing!
The people began to accept the truths and teachings of Jesus because they now had the means,
through meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, to get to know Jesus.
By knowing Jesus, they began to love Him.
Origin Of The Rosary
This shrine depicts several events in the life of St. Dominic. He is the son of
Blessed Joan of Aza.
When she was pregnant, his mother had a vision that her
unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with a torch
it carried in its mouth.
A dog with a torch in its mouth became a symbol
for the order which he founded, the Dominicans.
Later in his life, he received
from Our Blessed Mother the Rosary to combat the heresies of his time.
Because they loved Him it became easy for them to follow His teachings.
The Rosary Is Essentially Unchanged For Centuries
The Rosary as it is prayed today is very similar to the method St. Dominic preached.
The Hail Holy Queen Prayer was added a few centuries later.
The prayers that were added more recently include...
The origin of the rosary proves that the rosary was a powerful instrument that brought peace and understanding in
Saint Dominic's time and continues to do so in our times as well.
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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament.
They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood.
The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God
became man and dwelt among us read more...
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these
Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus.
They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on
the cross. Therefore read more...
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus
loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no
man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
-John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How
exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead,
making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious
events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...