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ROASRY

A devotional prayer, mental and vocal, honoring the Blessed Mother of God. It is said on a string of beads made yp of five sets each of one large and ten smaller beads, called decades. On the large beads the Pater Noster is said; on the small ones, the Hail Mary. The usual devotion is the fifteen decades, on the joyous, sorrowful, or glorious aspects of Our Lord and Our Lady's life. It is the most popular of all nonliturgical Catholic devotions and has been highly recommended by many popes. This is the standard Roasary. But there are other Rosaries also approved by the Church, notably of the Holy Trinity, SEven Dolors, Precious Blood, St. Bridget, St. Joseph, and the Rosary of the Lord. (Etym. Latin rosarium, rose garden.)

See Also: GLORIOUS MYSTERIES, See Also: JOYFUL MYSTERIES, See Also: SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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