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“Rosary” (from Lat. rosarium, “rose garden”) refers to a meditation on the Christian mysteries of salvation from a Marian standpoint (Mary, Devotion to). The name, which derives from the flowers used to adorn statues of Mary, traces back to a Spanish legend (1270) according to which Mary prefers an Ave Maria to flowers.

The rosary now takes the form of an introduction (sign of the cross, reciting of the Apostles’ Creed, Gloria Patri, the Lord’s Prayer, three Ave Marias) and sets of five “mysteries” (each pre…

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Beinert, Wolfgang, “Rosary”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.83>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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