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The word rosary comes from the Latin rosarius, which means “garland” or “bouquet of flowers.” This is because the Rosary is considered a 'bouquet of prayers' offered to God. The word bead is an Old English term that originally meant “a prayer.”  

The use of beads as an aid in prayer has a long history in the Catholic Church (and in other religions). Therefore, the exact origin of the Rosary is unknown. However,  this form of prayer gained significant popularity through the preaching of Saint Dominic, who died in 1221.  

You can read more on the origin of the Rosary by visiting the site linked below.

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History of the Rosary: News
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