The Rosary is a special string of beads used in the Catholic faith that people use to help them pray. It began many, many years ago with early Christians, and was picked up by Saint Dominic in the 12th century.
The Rosary has a cross at one end, followed by a string of beads, with each one representing a different prayer. As people touch each bead, they’ll say a specific prayer. Starting with the cross, they’ll make their way around the Rosary until they reach back where they began.
There are different parts to the Rosary, the ‘decades’, which are groups of ten beads and each decade tells a story from the life of Jesus or Mary. Between these decades, there’s a single bead that separates them, which is used to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
The Rosary is used by Catholics and various other Christian groups as part of their worship. But it’s more than just a prayer tool, some people also wear a Rosary as a reminder of their faith.
Fun fact for you – the word ‘rosary’ actually means ‘Crown of Roses’. That’s because every time someone prays the Rosary, it’s like giving Mary a spiritual bouquet of roses!