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Why Is Hail Mary Said On The Beads?

by Andrea

Hello good a.m. Just wondering why we use Hail Mary for the ten beads?

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Ten Hail Mary's, Ten Beads
by: The Rosary Team

The Hail Mary prayer, as opposed to let's say the Our Father is prayed ten times each decade primarily because this is the tradition passed on to us from St. Dominic.

The Rosary prayer was revealed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic. The religious order founded by St. Dominic, the Dominicans, were the original promoters of the Rosary and handed this prayer down to us in its present form.

This first point set aside, a secondary answer to your question is that it is most appropriate to repeat the Hail Mary ten times each decade while meditating on the mystery because the Rosary is a prayer honoring Mary, the Mother of God. While praying it you are asking her for her intercession and to send you graces that were merited by Jesus' death on the Cross. When praying the Rosary you are joining her while meditating on the events in her Son Jesus' life.

It is also good to note that the repetition of a particular prayer really isn't the key to the Rosary. Rather it is the union of both vocal and mental prayer.

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