The Sodality of the Most Holy Rosary
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The Sodality of the Most Holy Rosary is a spiritual association made up of dedicated men and women who meet on a regular basis within their own parishes to recite the Rosary either in the church or in member's homes. The members of the Sodality strive to pray the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary during the course of each month with a minimum of one decade of the Rosary each day on a personal basis.

A secondary group of individuals who cannot make a commitment to meet on a regular basis but wish to commit to a regularized prayer life with the rosary, as their time permits may participate in the Perpetual Rosary Society of the Sodality of the Most Holy Rosary.

The regular schedule of the Holy Rosary at the local parish or member's homes or similar meeting places involves praying at least one Holy Rosary indicative of five mysteries at least once every two weeks with special schedules during religious seasons. Novenas are offered six times during the year at the Sodality Center with periodic retreats planned in conjunction with the seasons of the Church.

Individual participation is encouraged from all faiths. Participation is not be restricted through any form of entrance process, review, payment or other formality.


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  What our heritage describes

The idea of using beads to count prayers is ancient and rich with history.

       Ireland 800-900AD

Historians trace the origin of the Rosary back to approximately ninth century Ireland commonly called the Celtic Rosary formed within the Community of Saint Columba. Today, as then, the 150 Psalms of the Bible, the Book of Psalms of King David, were an important form of prayer. Monks and clergy recited or chanted the Psalms as a major source of hourly worship. People living near the monasteries/abbeys realized the beauty of this devotion but unable to read or memorize the lengthy Psalms, the people were unable to adapt this form of prayer for their use.

It was suggested that the people might substitute 150 Our Fathers in place of the Psalms. At first, pebbles were carried in a pouch to count the 150 Our Fathers; later ropes with 150 or 50 (1/3 of 150) knots were used (Na tri coicat). Eventually (by the 12th century) strings with 50 small pieces of wood were used (Paternoster cord).


Next the Angelic Salutation (Luke 1:28) was added. Peter Damian was the first to mention this form of prayer. Soon the Angelic Salutation replaced the 50 Our Fathers.

Some medieval theologians considered the 150 Psalms to be veiled mysteries about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. They began to compose "Psalters of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" – 150 praises in honor of Jesus. Soon psalters devoted to 150 praises of Mary were composed. When a Psalter of 150 praises in Mary’s honor numbered 50 instead of 150, it was called a rosarium, or bouquet.


Henry of Kalkar, Visitator of the Carthusian Order grouped the salutations into decades and an Our Father was put before each decade. This combined the Our Father and the Angelic Salutation for the first time. To use 10 beads or a decade was not an outlandish decision since ancients used 10 fingers to count prayers. Ten is also the ancient symbol of perfection of the divine order of God (i.e. the Ten Commandments). The word bead comes from the Anglo-Saxon root word, ‘bede’ and it means ‘prayer.’ ‘Bidden’ means ‘to pray.’


Dominic the Prussian, another Carthusian wrote a book that grouped special thoughts or meditations attaching one for each Hail Mary bead.


The Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church spread the form of the "new rosary" throughout Western Christendom.

        1400 – 1500AD

The thoughts or meditations on the 150 Hail Mary beads took the form of woodcuts (graphic pictures). This exhausted the practice easily because of the volume of pictures. Picture rosaries were shortened to one picture/thought for each Our Father as it is today.


St. Louis de Montfort wrote the most common set of meditations for the rosary used today.

        Early 1900’sAD

A movement was begun attempting to return to a form of the medieval rosary – one thought for each Hail Mary.


The present devotion, differing from the medieval version, is composed almost entirely of direct quotations from the Bible. It is appropriately called "the Scriptural Rosary."


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