A Short History of the Rosary

By Monique Sammut | October 13, 2017
The Month of the Rosary

October is a busy month.  Fall is making its presence known, school is in full swing, and All Saints Day is fast approaching.  However, in the Catholic calendar, October is the month of the Rosary.  More specifically, October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. And this year on October 13th 100 year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and the miracle of the Sun.

However – what do October and Our Lady of the Rosary have to do with each other and how did the Rosary originate?

Origins of the Rosary

The history of the Rosary mostly consists of legend and tradition.  There is evidence that beads were used to count Our Fathers and Hail Marys in the Middle Ages.  Fittingly, bead is derived from the Old English word for prayer.

Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, the structure of the Rosary included praying fifty Hail Marys together with the Psalms.  Our word Rosary derives its meaning from the word rosarium, or rose garden.  Saint Louis de Montfort wrote in his book, The Secret of the Rosary,

The word Rosary means “Crown of Roses,” that is to say that ever time people say the Rosary devoutly they place a crown of…roses upon the heads of Jesus and Mary. Being heavenly flowers these roses will never fade or lose their exquisite beauty.

“One day, through the Rosary…Our Lady will save the world.”

Saint Dominic’s words have proven themselves true countless times.  The Rosary has been a sign of hope and a source of many graces.  There is a tradition that in 1214, Our Lady appeared to Saint Dominic and gave him the Rosary as we know it today.  She offered it as a way to convert hardened sinners.

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