Christians have recited the Rosary for centuries. The Rosary developed in parallel with the Monastic Office with its 150 psalms mirroring the 150 Hail Mary’s of the Rosary cycle. This cycle outlines the history of salvation from the announcement of Christ’s birth to Mary ‘s coronation in heaven. Many religions use beads to quiet the mind. The repetition of prayers and the handling of the beads create a space allowing the Spirit to whisper through our spirit, ‘Glory be to the Father’.
The Rosary begins by blessing oneself with the cross and saying the Apostles Creed. On the first bead, the Our Father is said and on the next three beads, three Hail Marys, followed by the Glory be to the Father. There follow three groups of five mysteries, each with its own event for meditation. Each mystery, or decade begins with the Our Father, followed by ten Hail Marys, concluding with the Glory be to the Father. It ends with the Hail Holy Queen and a prayer.
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