There are 4 Mysteries altogether namely
• The Joyful Mystery (Monday & Saturday)
• The Sorrowful Mystery (Tuesday & Friday)
• The Glorious Mystery (Wednesday & Sunday)
• The Luminous Mystery (Thursday)
A bit of history on the Holy Rosary:
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was established in 1571 by St. Pius V to commemorate the naval battle of Lepanto. The victory of the Christians fleet over the Turks was attributed to the Virgin Mary, whose help was invoked through praying the Holy Rosary.
According to a venerable tradition, the praying of the Rosary was revealed to St. Dominic by the Blessed Mother. The 150 Hail Marys correspond to the number of Psalms that the illiterate people of that time could not understand.
From the time of St. Dominic, the Holy Rosary has always been called the Psalter of Jesus and Mary. This is because it has the same number of Hail Marys as there are psalms in the Book of the Psalms of David. Since simple and uneducated people are not able to say the Psalms of David, the Rosary is held to be just as fruitful for them as David’s Psalter is for others.
The first part of the Hail Mary is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke, the second was added by the tradition of the Church. The 20 mysteries, divided into joyful, sorrowful, glorious and luminous, reflect the principal events of the life of Jesus and Mary. Pope Paul VI said that a rosary without meditation (reflection) on these mysteries is like a dead person without life. The litanies, taken from the Sanctuary of Loreto in Italy, were added to the Rosary in 1592. The response we repeat after every decade – O my Jesus, forgive us our sins – was dictated by the Virgin Mary to the three visionaries of Fatima in 1917.
Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose, and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. So the complete Rosary is a large crown of roses and each chaplet of five decades is a little wreath of flowers or a little crown of heavenly roses which we place on the heads of Jesus and Mary. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of devotions and the most important one.
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