The Rosary which comes from the Latin word rosarium which means rose garden is an important and traditional devotion of the Roman Catholic Church consisting of a set of prayer beads with a system of set prayers The Rosary is a combination of prayer and meditation that is centered around sequences of reciting the Lord’s Prayer followed by ten recitations of the Hail Mary prayer; one such sequence is known as a decade. A complete Rosary involves completing fifteen decades as well as other prefatory and final prayers. Because the Rosary is easier to memorize, it was replaced the prior popular devotional practice that consisted of reciting the 150 Psalms of the Bible in thirds or fifty at a time. Roman Catholics may often wear rosaries as an outward symbol of their faith. The rosary is also sometimes used by other adherents of other Christian denominations such as the Anglican Communion, the Old Catholic Church, and the Lutheran Church.
A set of rosary beads that are used to recite the rosary prayer contains fifty beads in groups of ten which is called a decade, with a large additional large bead before each decade. The rosary prayer doesn’t have to be recited on a set of rosary beads at all. The rosary prayer can be recited by counting on your fingers or by counting alone with no device at all. The beads can be created from a variety of different materials such as wood, bone, glass, crushed flowers, jet, amber, jasper, precious materials such as coral, rock crystal, and gilded gold and silver. In the 19th and early 20th century they were sometimes created from the seeds of the “rosary pea” or the “bead tree.” Modern rosary beads are most often created out of glass, resin, plastic, or wood. The early rosaries were placed on strong thread which was made out of silk, today’s rosary beads are more often created out of a series of chain linked beads. In addition, it is very common for the rosary beads that are created for the rosary prayer are created out of some material that has some special significance such as olive seeds that supposedly came from the Garden of Gethsemane. Did you know that a set of Blessed Rosary Beads are considered a sacramental.