Why do Catholics “go to rosaries” when someone dies?
I have heard of Catholics “going to rosaries” for people who have died. Could you tell me what is meant by this?
Sometimes when a Catholic dies, his family and friends can decide to book masses and engage in other prayer activities. One of these is gathering together to pray the Rosary for the repose of his soul. So when someone says they are “going to a rosary”, it usually is a shorthand way of saying they are going to a gathering with other people to say the Rosary together.
Below is a short prayer for the dead.
Prayer for the dead
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command, we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives, and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.