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RC string of prayer beads and the devotion for which it is used. 150 smaller beads are divided into 15 groups, called decades, by insertion of 15 larger beads. The devotion is begun and ended in various ways. As the beads are fingered, an Ave* Maria is said for each small one and a Lord's Prayer for each larger one. During the recital of each decade a “mystery” is to be contemplated, there being 5 joyful mysteries (Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, and finding of Jesus in the temple), 5 sorrowful mysteries (agony in Gethsemane, scourging, crowning with thorns, carrying the cross, crucifixion), and 5 glorious mysteries (resurrection, ascension, descent of the Holy Sprit, assumption of Mary, coronation of Mary). Indulgences are traditionally connected with recitation of the rosary.

See also Chaplet; Marian Psalter, 2; Seven Joys of Mary.

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