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When was the prayer of the rosary born? 

The Rosary has very ancient origins. In fact it seems to date back to the XII century, when it had already been recited for quite a while by Carthusian monks.
The Rosary was developed as an instrument for the counting of prayers on the model of similar instruments; already in use by other religions, especially by the Buddhists and Muslims. The Rosary of 150 Ave Maria used to recall the 150 psalms which form part of the Liturgy of the Hours and which, in the past, used to be substituted by the illiterate with the daily recitation of 150 Our Fathers (Pater). As Marian piety began to grow, the recitation of 150 Ave was proposed to the people, at a time when biblical prayer did not have its second part, which was added later towards the end of the XV century, yet.
The liturgical anniversary in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on 7 October. It was Pope Gregory XII who moved it to this date.

What is the relationship between the rosary and daily life?

“Our heart – John Paul II affirmed in his first year of pontificate – can contain, in these decades of the Rosary, all facts that make up the life of the individual, of the family, of the nation and of the church of humanity”
It is the “secret to open oneself up more easily to a deep and interactive knowledge of Christ through Mary” but also a way to ask for help from Christ for “the many problems, worries, difficulties and projects which make our lives”.
The Rosary is also an answer to that “renewed need for mediation”, so typical of our times.


I myself - wrote Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) - have often

encouraged the frequent ricitation of the Rosary. From my youthful

years this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life.

The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and difficulty.

To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always

found comfort. To recite the Rosary is nothing other than

'to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ'

How to pray your Rosary

The man or woman who prays needs to have a humble and repentant heart which is rich of faith, so that he or she recognizes that he or she has been created in God’s image, redeemed by Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
“Everything is possible for the one who believes” (Mk 9:23)

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross, the "Apostles' Creed." 
  2.  Say the "Our Father." 
  3.  Say three "Hail Mary’s." 
  4.  Say the "Glory be to the Father." 
  5.  Announce the First Mystery; then the "Our Father."
  6.  Say ten "Hail Mary’s," meditating on the Mystery.  
  7.  Say the "Glory be to the Father."
  8.  Announce the Second Mystery; then the "Our Father."

Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

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, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall 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 be 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 thee; 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 to the Father

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