Friday, August 8, 2008


History of the Rosary

The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses" is a popular traditional Roman Catholic devotion. The term denotes both a set of prayer beads and the devotional prayer itself, which combines vocal (or silent) prayer and meditation. The prayers consist of repeated sequences of the Lord's Prayer followed by ten recitations of the Hail Mary and a single recitation of "Glory Be to the Father"; each of these sequences is known as a decade. The recitation of each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which are events in the lives of Jesus Christ and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To make a rosary, you will need the following materials:

59 Beads
3 Jump Rings
1 Y-Connector or Rosary Center
59 Eye Pins
1 Cross or Crucifix with Bail
8 Inches of Chain
One Pair Rosary Pliers or Round Nose Pliers and Side Cutting Pliers

The first step in making a Rosary is assembling the necessary parts.

Step 1

Pick up one of the eye pins and insert it as far as it will go through one of the beads. Then with round nose pliers, bend the straight portion of the wire over at right angles as shown in the sketch.

Note that the bend must be as close to the bead as you can make it.

Step 2

Create an eye with the bend side. The two eyes should be at right angles to each other.

This is the basic process in making a Rosary.

Now, put the pins through all 59 of the beads and form eyes on each one as above, leaving the new eyes open for connecting.

Step 3

Pick up two of the beads and hook the new eye of the first one through the original eye of the second.

This is the first step in assembling the Rosary.

Close the eye.

Using the method described above, assemble five groups of ten and one group of three. You will have 6 beads remaining for connecting to pieces of chain.

Step 4

Cutting the chain is next. Fourteen pieces are required, each two to five links long as preferred. In cutting the chain, be careful to have exactly the same number of links in each of your fourteen pieces.

Step 5

Open one of the small jump rings. Slip the jump ring through one of the upper openings in the centerpiece and one section of the chain and close it.

Step 6

The final assembly consists of joining together the various parts as shown in the picture.
Before making the final assembly of the long bead chain and the centerpiece, hold the bead chain up by one end and let it dangle freely. Then when you attach the free end of the centerpiece, see that there are no twists in the bead chain.

Be sure when you are assembling that every eye is completely closed.

Prayers of the Rosary

1 - Make the sign of the cross
2 - Say the Apostles Creed
3 - Say the Our Father
4 - Say three Hail Marys
5 - Say the Glory Be
6 - Announce the first Mystery and say the Our Father
7 - Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
8 - Say the Glory Be
9 - Say the O My Jesus
10- Announce the second Mystery and say the Our Father
11- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
12- Say the Glory Be
13- Say the O My Jesus
14- Announce the third Mystery and say the Our Father
15- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
16- Say the Glory Be
17- Say the O My Jesus
18- Announce the fourth Mystery and say the Our Father
19- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
20- Say the Glory Be
21- Say the O My Jesus
22- Announce the fifth Mystery and say the Our Father
23- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
24- Say the Glory Be
25- Say the O My Jesus
26- Say the Hail Holy Queen

Prayers of the Rosary

Sign Of The Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; he ascended into Heaven sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting, Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, who art in Heaven; hallowed by Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of god, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

O My Jesus

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your Mercy. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve.To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.Turn then most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us,And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of they womb, Jesus.O clememt. O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.Pray for us, O holy Mother of GodThat we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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