In this 5th Grade lesson, you study the Rosary, as well as Vocal and Mental Prayer. You learn about the prayers of the Rosary, the blessings of praying it, and the promises attached to it.
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The Glory of St Dominic by Guido Reni
The Rosary is one of the most important prayers you can pray. The Rosary is actually a lot of prayers combined to make one big prayer. God sent the Blessed Mother to show herself to three children at Fatima one hundred years ago. The Blessed Mother asked the children at Fatima to pray the Rosary every single day. Obviously the rosary must be very important if she would make such a request. We should always obey and respect the wishes of our Blessed Mother for she knows what is best for us.
A Brief History of the Rosary:
Originally the Rosary had 150 beads. This is the same as the number of Psalms in the Bible. In the twelfth century, religious orders recited the 150 Psalms to sanctify each hour of the day. Those who could not read prayed on a string of 150 beads or knots. This resembled praying the Psalms. The Divine Office is the official prayer of the Church with the recitation of the Psalms. Priests, religious, and some laity pray this today. The Divine Office and the Rosary are both special prayers of the Church that give many Graces.
Our Lady herself appeared to Saint Dominic in the twelfth century. On this occasion, she gave him the Rosary. She promised him that if he spread devotion to the Rosary, his religious order would flourish. You should pray to St. Dominic often. He promoted devotion to our Lady and the beautiful prayers of the Rosary. The Hail Mary owes its origin to the Rosary. When people said the Rosary in the twelfth century, Gabriel’s greeting was often said along with the Our Father. This is the part, “Hail Mary, full or grace, the Lord is with thee.” Later, Elizabeth’s greeting, “Blessed art thou among women” was added. In the sixteenth century the words “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death” were added.
Various people have added other things to the Rosary over the centuries. In the fifteenth century, a Carthusian monk divided the rosary into fifteen decades. A Dominican assigned mysteries to each of the decades. These mysteries are events in the life of Jesus and Mary. These decades are the same as ours except for the last two Glorious mysteries. In those two, the Assumption and Coronation of Mary together made up the fourteenth decade. The fifteenth decade was the Last Judgment.
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