Thursday, 16 October 2014

2. Special Character - Term 4, Week 1

October is the month of the Rosary and we will be saying part of the Rosary each day at kotuitui.  The Rosary was initiated by St Dominic (the founder of the Dominican Order which founded our school).  In St Dominic's time in 12th century Europe most people didn't know how to read and the Bible was written in Latin or Greek.  Mass was celebrated in Latin and the average person had no way of following the stories of our faith.  So the Rosary was a way to contemplate the key turning points in the life of Jesus and his mother Mary.

The Rosary beads are divided into five sets of ten beads and one bead which are used to help count the one Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and one Glory Be which make up a mystery of the Rosary.  There are five mysteries on a set of beads and there are 20 mysteries overall separated into five Joyful, five Luminous, five Sorrowful and five Glorious mysteries.

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