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The Mystery of the RosaryMarian Devotion and the Reinvention of Catholicism$
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Nathan D. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795910

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795910.001.0001

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Reframing Ritual

Reframing Ritual

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The Mystery of the Rosary

Nathan D. Mitchell

NYU Press

This chapter examines ritual reinterpretations of Mary and the rosary in early modern Catholicism. The Council of Trent reasserted the primacy of sacraments in Christian life and mandated a reform of all the liturgical books of the Roman Rite. These reformed rituals reframed the image of Mary and tried to reshape devotion to the Mother whose “fruitful virginity brought forth the rewards of unending salvation to the human race.” The chapter discusses how the rosary offered Catholics a new way to express unity without recourse to either official liturgy or sacramental participation (e.g. through eucharistic communion). It was a devotion that could be prayed individually or in groups, in the vernacular or in Latin, by laypersons or clerics, by women as well as men, by young and old alike.

Keywords:   Council of Trent, religious rituals, rosary, early modern Catholicism, Catholics, Marian devotion

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