The term Rosary refers to a series of prayers used by Catholics as a private devotional. It also refers to the beads that are used as a counting device for these prayers (rosary beads) but in our area, it can also mean a vigil prayer service preceding (usually) a funeral. (Ok, reading this back... it sounds very confusing.) Let me just post what the dictionary says:
Anyway... It's a beautiful devotional. It's very meditative.... and the Mysteries (stories of Jesus) teach you about Jesus' life. There is a cultural aspect to the rosary as well. It is a very popular devotional for the Portuguese Catholics in our area and most of the funerals we attend have a Rosary vigil service the night before. Leroy and I attended one tonight and as the nun led us through the prayers I reflected on the fact that I had not used this gift in my spiritual life for quite some time.