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The Mystery of the Rosary: Marian Devotion and the Reinvention of Catholicism

Nathan D. Mitchell


Ever since its appearance in Europe five centuries ago, the rosary has been a widespread, highly visible symbol of devotion among Roman Catholics. In form, the rosary consists of a ritually repeated sequence of prayers accompanied by meditations on episodes in the lives of Christ and Mary. It is beloved by popes, professors, protesters, commuters on their way to work, children learning their “first prayers,” and homeless persons seeking shelter and safety. Why has this particular devotional object been so ubiquitous and resilient, especially in the face of Catholicism's reinvention in the Earl ... More

Keywords: rosary, Catholic devotion, Roman Catholics, Catholicism, Reformation, Virgin Mary, Catholic history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814795910
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814795910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan D. Mitchell, author