Some Roasy History
- I have recieved a couple questions, and because the answers may be of
interest to the entire group, I will share the quote in this forum:
"Thomas of Comtimpre, c. 1250 AD first called the prayers to Mary
a 'rosarium' i.e. a rose garden. White roses of joy, red roses of
sorrow, and yellow roses of glory reflected the mysteries. Henry
Egher of Kolkar (1408) is the first to design a rosary with fifteen
decades. Each decade had an Our Father and ten Hail Marys. By the end
of the 15th century the rosary as we know it was completed. In some
earlier apparitions of our Lady, the rosary is neither seen nor
mentioned, e.g. at Guadalupe (1531). From Lourdes onward most Marian
apparitions include the rosary....
... Used wisely and with faith, the rosary brings us to a deepened
understanding of Jesus...
... Besides the Dominican rosary of 15 decades there are other forms
of the rosary. The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows was developed in the
17th century to honor the sorrows of Mary. The Rosary of the seven
Journeys of our Lady reflect on Mary's journeys. ... The Briggitine
Rosary has sex decades plus one Our Father and three Hail Marys. The
7 Our Fathers honor Mary's seven joys and sorrows. The 63 Hail mary's
refelct the 63 years of Mary's life according to the revelations of
St. Bridget. ...
Franciscan Crown Rosary:
In the 1400's a young man with an enthusiastic devotion to Mary
joined the [Franciscan] Friars. One day, while praying, our Lady
spoke to him. She invited him to reflect on her joys while reciting
the Our Fathers and Hail Marys. He shared the vision and Mary's words
with the other friars. It was the beginning of the Franciscan Crown
Rosary. The year was around 1422."
From Catch Me a Rainbow Too, by Lester Bach OFM (c) 1999 ISBN 0-
944996-22-1 p.248-249, 253