The word Rosary is derived from the Latin word ‘rosarium,’ which translated to “a crown of flowers.” It is believed that in 1214 St Dominic had a vision of Mary, where she presented him with the rosary and explained both the beads and the prayers to be prayed to him. Later, in 1917, Mary appeared again to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, and told the children to pray for world peach by reciting the rosary everyday. It was also during this apparition, where Mary asked the children to add a short prayer to the end of each decade of the rosary, now known as the Fatima prayer.
The Rosary itself not only shows devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary, but focuses on the life of Jesus Christ. Each decade of the Rosary represents and important chapter or mystery in the life of Christ. Traditionally. The mysteries are prayed according to the day of the week which include the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and the Luminous Mysteries
The rosary is a rewarding spiritual practice for someone at any age.