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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 the Rosary

Reframing the Rosary

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The Mystery of the Rosary

Nathan D. Mitchell

NYU Press

This chapter examines how the rosary became a principal medium through which Catholics renegotiated their relationship to sacred places, persons, objects, and events. It focuses on the British Isles between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, in part because laypeople and their piety played a key role in the “continuing persistence and survival of Catholicism in England after 1559,” and in part because praying the rosary became a way to participate in the Roman liturgy itself. The chapter shows that the rosary not only became a way for lay Catholics to pray and participate during Mass; it also, in a sense, became the Mass when public liturgical spaces (churches, chapels, shrines) were no longer readily accessible.

Keywords:   early modern Catholicism, rosary, Catholics, Marian devotions, British Isles, piety, Roman liturgy, Mass

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