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[sl] rosaries

From: Ambrose Hawk 
Subject: [sl] rosaries
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 14:34:12 -0500

a few quibbles ...
Catholic rosaries typically have 59 beads ...
there are the 5 decades of Hail Mary's.
the Five inter decade beads (used for the Our Father).
And a tail of one Our Father and Three Hail Mary's recited
between the larger sets of the decades.
In the longer version used by the Dominicans, this tail
(which also includes one Our Father bead to get the cycles
started -- and so that the user can take the string either
way) there would be 162 beads on the main string and the
five on the tail.

Another note.  Properly speaking, the prayer beads used by
the Muslims, the Buddhists, and others are prayer beads --
the Catholics have several devotions involving prayer beads
which are known as "chaplets".  The "Rosary" proper derives
its name from the recitation of the Hail Mary's which are
considered to be mystical roses offered to the Queen of
Heaven ...


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