By Fr Michael Sharkey

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A Rosary is a ‘garland of roses’ i.e. prayers. Popular tradition attributes the Rosary to Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1214. The Dominicans divided the 50 knots into five bunches of ten “Hail Marys” (decades), added an “Our Father” at the beginning and a “Glory be” at the end. Then, they attributed to each decade a particular “mystery”, meaning an event or episode in the life of Jesus and his mother Mary. The Rosary is widespread in its popularity. All prayer is addressed to God, but what is so delightful with the Rosary is that we can pray in Our Lady’s company and with her support.