Religion: Rosary v. Communism

As used by Catholics today, a Rosary is a string of beads to which is attached a crucifix. The size and number of the beads remind the faithful, in fingering them, to repeat prayers in "decades" or groups of ten Ave Marias (Hail Marys) preceded by a Pater Noster (Lord's Prayer) and followed by a Gloria, while meditating on the mysteries of Christ's life, death and resurrection. Usually a Catholic says five decades, or a total of some 60 brief prayers, at a time, but the true Rosary consists of 15 decades.


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