The Rosary

Marvellous in its simplicity and its depth, the Rosary brings to mind, against the background of the words Ave Maria, the principal events of the life of Jesus. … At the same time our heart can embrace in the decades of the Rosary all the events that make up the lives of individuals, families, nations, the Church, and all mankind. … Thus, the simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life.

St. John Paul II

One of the traditions of the order is that the Rosary was given to St. Dominic by Our Lady. It has always been a great devotion in the Order, and there are many images of St. Dominic receiving the Rosary.

The Madonna of the Rosary, Sassoferrato, 1643 – Santa Sabina, Rome
Mosaic, Westminster Cathedral

It’s our practice for each fraternity to pray some decades of the Rosary at each of their meetings.

The Rosary is a well-known devotion throughout the Catholic church, but there is a particular Dominican tradition of how we say the Rosary. The mysteries of the Rosary are the same as the more widely known tradition, but the opening and closing prayers are different.

A Dominican Method of Praying the Rosary

North East Fraternity


You can find more detailed information on the history and the Dominican connection with the Rosary on the website of the Dominican friars.

In our province, there is a Rosary shrine, based at St. Dominic’s in London and served by the Dominican friars.