The blessed rosary has always been the most significant one.
There are different religions that daily use rosary, within the Christian confession, we find different types: The Orthodox use a chaplet called Komboskini or Ciotki, Lutherans and Catholics use the same crown while the Anglicans rely on the Anglican rosary.
How is a blessed rosary made?
The origins of the blessed rosary lie in the III century a.d. in the hands of the desert hermits who prayed with a knotted cord and whose beads were made with the kernels of the olives from the Holy Land or from cedarwood.
It consists of 59 beads and can change shape, size and material.
The type of prayer and the liturgical purpose change according to the shape of the rosary.
The most popular ones are: Ten Rosary, Ring Rosary, “Saltario”, the Franciscan and the Brigidino Roasaries which differ according to the number of related mysteries to be recited.
There is also the Missionary Rosary with its characteristic colored beads that represent the continent to which the religion connects (wood color for Europe, yellow for Asia, green for Africa, red for America and Blue for Oceania)
How to pray through the beads?
According to the Catholic tradition, beads are used to count the mysteries recited and also help maintaining the right concentration level during the entire profession.
The recitation of the mysteries is diversified according to the day of the week: on Monday and Saturday we recite the joyous mysteries, on Tuesday and Friday the painful mysteries, on Wednesday and Sunday the glorious mysteries and finally, on Thursday, the luminous mysteries.
Some festivities and moments of prayer have always been closely linked to the use of the blessed rosary and they continue to be so, even in modern times.
For example, the feast of Our Lady of Victory was established to commemorate the battle of Lepanto of 1571, when Pope Pius V asked through the pray to intercede for liberation from the Turks-Ottomans threat. Later this festivity was renamed by Pope Gregory XIII “Feast of the Lady of the Rosary” which is celebrated, every year, on the 7th October.
The rosary within the religious traditionAccording to tradition, the recitation of the rosary moves Satan away from the walls of the house and from the places of the believers’ daily life.Tradition also tells about the Melia Azedarach tree, a tall and strong tree that can even exceed 15 meters in height, which grows in Asia.
In the past the rosary crowns were obtained from this plant known for its strong consistency and for its natural little holes. That’s why today it is also called Rosary tree or Pater Noster Tree.
The Rosary has acquired value and importance over the centuries especially for the Popes. For example, through the encyclical letter “Supremi Apostolatus Officio” Pope Leo XIII addressed the believers exhorting them to return to practice prayer through the rosary.
John Paul II, writing the Apostolic letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae”, expanded the rosary by adding the profession of luminous mysteries. Also Pope Francis urges the believers to pray through the blessed rosary, constantly, every day.
…The Rosary is typically meditative prayer and corresponds, in some way, to the “prayer of the heart”…
(John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae).
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