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1(in the Roman Catholic Church) a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated, each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory Be.
- ‘After each vision I would find the nearest church, seek sanctuary, kneel, and pray the rosary.’
- ‘Isabella felt so blessed by God that she offered two novenas, three rosaries and gave more donations to the order she was part of.’
- ‘Nevertheless about 10 per cent of the early convicts were Catholics, and a network formed among emancipists to pray the rosary and maintain other devotional practices.’
- ‘The old ladies were praying a rosary in the back of the bus.’
- ‘They took communion; they recited the rosary (an increasingly popular devotion in this period); and they made their confessions, usually to a priest or a friar.’
- ‘After a relative's funeral, families and their friends pray the rosary for nine evenings, offering refreshments after each night's prayers.’
- ‘Occasionally he would pray the rosary during the week.’
- ‘Feasts of the village patron saint are celebrated, the rosary said every evening and funeral rites arranged and paid for when necessary.’
- ‘Do the Catholics make you say the rosary before lunch?’
- ‘Claudette couldn't concentrate on the epistle or the gospel, couldn't settle down to the rosary.’
- ‘After the walk, she says the rosary, sometimes all 150 Hail Marys.’
- ‘She found an empty place in a pew in the back of the church and after she genuflected, knelt and began her rosary.’
- ‘It had been a day or two since I had sat in a dimmed church, all alone, to say the rosary.’
- ‘He holds a degree from Northwestern University, speaks four languages fluently and as ‘a good Catholic boy’ he prayed the rosary after Mass every Sunday.’
- ‘The mission began each morning with a Mass at five o'clock, followed by a second at nine-thirty and rosary in the evenings at seven with instruction.’
- ‘I'm not one of those church-going kids who prays the rosary every night.’
- ‘Instead of saying the rosary, I kept saying her name as I paced my office wishing that I smoked (it was fine in the end).’
- 1.1A string of beads for keeping count in a rosary or in the devotions of some other religions, in Roman Catholic use 55 or 165 in number.‘she is telling her rosary’[as modifier] ‘rosary beads’
- ‘One man was holding a long string of rosary beads in his trembling hands.’
- ‘She had her rosary beads, and was praying to St. Catherine.’
- ‘It still has the red-beaded rosary I left on top of it when I came to visit.’
- ‘I stroked the beads of the rosary, and the glitter of the tiny crucifix caught my eye.’
- ‘Taking a deep breath of his own, Patrick looked over at his mother as she slowly rocked back and forth, counting the beads of her rosary.’
- ‘Her head was bowed, lips moving silently as she clutched her rosary beads.’
- ‘People I've never met before have sent me novena cards and rosary beads, and two or three people apologised to me and wished me support.’
- ‘I put on my wedding band and I grabbed my rosary, and I went upstairs.’
- ‘I'll look for the rosary Mama gave me on my birthday.’
- ‘Some delay to ensure every petal on their rose, each side of their prayer card and every bead of their rosary makes contact.’
- ‘For the final touch, she'd added a rosary made of black glass and pewter, finishing off the look she was going for perfectly.’
- ‘The cousin put away his rosary and put on a confessional grin to admit, correctly in our eyes, that ‘Well, I guess it helps to have a Lutheran in the stands every now and then.’’
- ‘He sighed deeply and I could hear him shift his fingers through the beads of his rosary.’
- ‘She lifted the rosary that hung at her belt and gently kissed it.’
- ‘She went to Mass when she could get a ride; she ran her fingers over her plastic rosary, saying Hail Marys with each bead.’
- ‘He made the sign of the cross and grabbed his rosary.’
- ‘So we can use things like crosses, holy water, bibles, rosaries, and even something as small as a speck of holy ashes.’
- ‘On the cot a seventy four-year lady is sitting with her rosary beads and chanting softly.’
- ‘According to chronicler William of Malmesbury, her dying act was characteristically pious: as a final gift to the Priory, she ordered hung about the neck of a statue of the Virgin Mary her personal rosary of precious stones.’
- ‘With her free hand in her pocket, clutching her rosary, she steeled herself against the crowd and followed Sean into the gym.’
- 1.2A book containing a rosary.
- ‘There are shops and stalls where you can buy rosaries, beads, postcards, books and fluffy toys.’
- ‘Their mailbox is packed daily with letters from well-wishers containing prayer cards, medals and rosaries.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘rose garden’): from Latin rosarium rose garden, based on rosa rose.
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