The rosary is a devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary. Evidence exists from the Middle Ages that strings of beads were used to count prayers. These strings of beads were known as "Paternosters," the Latin for "Our Father." 

Between the 12th and 15th centuries, the structure of the rosary gradually evolved and eventually 50 Hail Marys were recited and linked with bible verses or other phrases evoking the lives of Jesus and Mary. During this time, this prayer form became known as the rosarium, a Latin term, meaning a garland of roses, the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Virgin Mary.

During the 16th century, the structure of the five-decade rosary, based on the four sets of mysteries prevailed. The rosary begins with the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, an Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be. Then, there are five decades which each begin and end with an Our Father and a Glory Be, and have ten Hail Mary’s in between. When you pray the rosary, you meditate on the events in Jesus’ life. There are the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries.

October 7th is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and the month of October is traditionally the month of the rosary. Join us in celebrating, by attending our annual Living Rosary on Sunday, October 22nd at Saint Casimir Church. We will begin our celebration at 2 p.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to reserve your place.