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I know the real rosary is three times the normal rosary, 150 Aves, like a psalter. So, is "the" rosary 150 Aves, or the usual 50? If there was an indulgence for praying the rosary, would I have to pray the 150 Ave version?
Thanks and pax
The general rule is that a third of the rosary is called the rosary. As far as indulgences, all the ones I know of are for 5 decades, not 15.
Thank you very much sir. Pax tibi
If one is able to do it, the 15 decade Rosary would be a great  benefit. But if all you can do is 5 decades then that is OK too.

(08-29-2010, 02:10 AM)randomtradguy Wrote: [ -> ]I know the real rosary is three times the normal rosary, 150 Aves, like a psalter. So, is "the" rosary 150 Aves, or the usual 50? If there was an indulgence for praying the rosary, would I have to pray the 150 Ave version?
Thanks and pax

The Rosary is all 150 decades, however, it is distinctly divided into thirds. Each third is called a corona (crown).

It can be ambiguous as to what "rosary" means in this case. If you have an obligation, it is best to find out exactly what it is.

For the grants of indulgences in effect:
Quote:Recitation of the Marian Rosary

A plenary indulgence is granted when the rosary is recited in a church or oratory or when it is recited in a family, a religious community, or a pious association. A partial indulgence is granted for its recitation in all other circumstances.

(The rosary is a prayer formula divided into fifteen decades of Hail Mary’s with the Lord’s Prayer separating each of these decades. During each of these decades we recall in devout meditation the mysteries of our redemption.)

It has become customary to call but five such decades the “rosary” also. Concerning this customary usage then, the following norms are given as regards a plenary indulgence.

      1. The recitation of a third of the rosary is sufficient for obtaining the plenary indulgence, but these five decades must be recited without interruption.

      2. Devout meditation on the mysteries is to be added to the vocal prayer.

      3. In its public recitation the mysteries must be announced in accord with approved local custom, but in its private recitation it is sufficient for the Christian faithful simply to join meditation on the mysteries to the vocal prayer.

      4. In the Eastern Churches where recitation of the Marian rosary as a devotional practice is not found, the patriarchs can establish other prayers in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary which will have the same indulgences as those attached to the rosary, (e.g., in the Byzantine churches, the Akathist hymn, or the office Paraclisis.)*