Did you know that word “rosary” comes from Latin, meaning: garland of roses? Is why the rose became one of those flowers used to symbolize our Blessed Virgin Mary. And the world “bead” derives from the Saxon noun bede which means a prayer. Very apropos: a string of prayers or better yet, a garland of prayers.
And how does that tie into Mary? According to historians, in 1214 St. Dominic had a vision of our Mother. She is said to have presented him with the Holy Rosary, both the beads and the prayers to be prayed making this a devotion in honor of her, Our Lady of the Rosary.
Without a doubt, the Rosary is a rich and true expression of Biblical prayer as it draws its inspiration directly from the Bible. It is made up of a specific set of prayers: the Apostles’ Creed (Credo), the Our Father (the Pater Noster or the Lord’s Prayer), Hail Mary’s (Ave’s), and Glory Be (Gloria Patri). All are found in the Bible, our book of love.
In recent years, the Rosary has made a comeback! The Virgin Mary has appeared on many occasions and all over the world to hundreds of people. Time over time, her message is clear: we are to pray the Rosary daily for our salvation, our clergy, our Pope, our Church and world peace.
Once upon a time, 99% of the world’s population was religious. Today, we have a growing part of society that is completely Godless. Our hearts are wired for God. Take the first step. Start with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary – an ancient treasure map to peace and love. It will change your life. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself.