Facts About the Rosary

Updated July 19, 2017

The Rosary has been officially used since 1569, when Pope Pius V approved the devotion. It has been used by Catholics to pray for peace and intervention during turbulent times throughout history. These beads are still used by adults and children alike to recall the mysteries of Jesus's life.


Rosary beads are used to count the 15 meditations about the mysteries that occurred during the life of Jesus. They include the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and the glorious mysteries.

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According to Catholic tradition, Saint Dominic had a vision in which he received the Rosary from the Virgin Mary.


Rosary beads are used as counting beads for each prayer said.


The prayers that are said on the Rosary begin with the cross. They are: The Apostles' Creed, Our Father, three Hail Marys, Glory Be to the Father, Our Father, then ten Hail Marys. The Our Father is then said again, followed by another ten Hail Marys and so on, around the circle of the Rosary beads.


Rosary beads may be made out of wood, glass, plastic, metal, gemstones or even pressed rose leaves.


There are full-length Rosaries, bracelet Rosaries and Rosary rings that fit on a key chain.

Fun Fact

The word Rosary means "garden of roses," which is why some rosaries are made from pressed rose petals.

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