[quote=cmarti12]Currently we are praying a “novenaria” for a deceased relative that passed away just before Christmas.
We are almost finished, but was wondering what the purpose is of praying the rosary for nine days.
I would like to be able to explain this to his wife and 4 children - all in their teens.
In the Middle Ages, when a relgious passed away, members of his or her community would recite the 150 Psalms for the repose of the soul–essentially praying for the deceased so that the soul would spend very little, if any, time in Purgatory.
The laity, not being able to read the Psalms, would recite 150 (either Hail Mary’s or Our Father’s, I forget) for the repose of the souls of their deceased family and friends. This tradition eventually morphed into the present-day Rosary with 150 Hail Mary’s (separated into five decades for each of the three original mysteries). Of course, recently our blessed father, Pope John Paul II gave us the Luminious Mysteries, so now the present Rosary has a total of 20 decades.
Peace and God bless!