I have just received my certificate of perpetual membership in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, and am elated!
There is something I do not fully understand about the origins of the rosary, though. Did the Blessed Mother actually physically hand St. Dominic the first rosary? Or did she give him a vision of it from which he constructed the first one?
If the Virgin Mary actually handed St. Dominic the first rosary, then, wow! Think of it! Please tell me that this “rosary zero” is on display somewhere or kept in a highly secure or private place for safe keeping! Anyone who held that rosary would be handling the exact same beads and chains that the Blessed Mother herself had held. I would think that this would be a religious artifact of the highest value and importance in Church history.
If the original rosary is no longer in existance, is there any information on what happened to it? Perhaps St. Dominic was buried with it?
This history buff is just curious…