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What is the Rosary?

A contemplative prayer meditation that originated in the ancient monk's Psalter, the Rosary of the Virgin Mary represents an offering of a prayer crown of mystical roses to the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ. The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden") or "garland of roses" is a traditional Catholic devotion. 

Prayer beads are used to count the series of prayers that make up the Rosary. The entire Rosary includes four major sets of Mysteries. Each major Mystery contains five sub-Mysteries, which recall the prominent events in the life of Jesus Christ and His mother, Mary. 

Three of the major Mysteries, the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries were well established by the sixteenth century. Blessed Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries in 2002. As a result, the Rosary sequence now features the complete cycle of the life of Jesus Christ: His miraculous birth, ministry, death, and Resurrection, in addition to the traditional reverence shown for the Holy Spirit and His mother Mary, in the concluding Glorious Mysteries


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The Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Crucifixion of Jesus

Aria – Mary

Strengthen me,
O Lord God,
at This Hour.
(Jdt 13:9)

I beseech Thee,
O Lord God,
me a Widow.
What Thou hast designed
hath been done.
(Jdt 9:3–4)
Strengthen the Resolution
In my Heart,
(Jdt 9:18)

Strengthen me,
O Lord God,
at This Hour.
(Jdt 13:9)

For Thou shewest Thy Power,
when Men will not believe Thee
to be Absolute in Power;
Thou convincest
the Boldness of them
that know Thee not.
(Wis 12:17)

Strengthen me,
O Lord God,
at This Hour.
(Jdt 13:9)