Rosary is derived from the latin word ‘rosarium’ meaning Rose Garden.  A Rosary is a system in which a set number of prayers are recited. A string of beads is usually used to keep count. The string of beads is what is known as a Chaplet … but it is often referred to as a Rosary.  Rosary beads come in all shapes, colors, sizes and quality.  Some rosaries are strung with pearl, crystal, wood and even plastic. But where did the ritual of the rosary come from? And what exactly is the significance of rosary beads?

 To pray the rosary is to recite specific prayers corresponding with particular beads on the string. A rosary is a made up of a crucifix, one larger bead, three small beads, another larger bead and then a medal. After the medal comes a larger bead again, followed by a group of 10 smaller beads. Around the rosary chain there are five sets of each of these beads one large, 10 small. The larger bead is separated from the smaller beads, signifying the different prayers recited while holding the bead. These sets – one bead followed by a group of 10 – are called decades.