The Marian Rosary
The Rosary is so named from the
Latin word "Rosa", a garland or crown of roses.
The modern day Marian rosary consists of 59
beads, a centerpiece and a cross or crucifix.
The beads are divided into
groups of ten, separated by a single bead.
These are called decades. A
cross or crucifix is mounted at the end.
There are five beads above the
cross consisting of two Paternoster orOur Father beads
and three Hail
Mary beads. A centerpiece connects the loop of the rosary
to the end.
The five decade Marian rosary is an abbreviated version of the Dominican
fifteen decade rosary.
The purpose of the rosary is to recite the Sacred
There are now four sets of mysteries since the inclusion of
the Luminous Mysteries by Pope John Paul II.
1. The Five Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays)
2. The Five Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays)
3. The Five Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays)
4. The Five Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)
This rosary portrays the infant Jesus in
the arms of the Madonna at the beginning of His life in the centerpiece.
The Crucifix marks the end of His life as mortal man.
Mysteries guide us through the life of our Lord
through the eyes of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary.