What happened to the rosary at wakes?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

One way of evacuating a funeral home via the back door is to have a priest come up the front stairs. Catholics of a certain vintage, such as those with vague lingering memories of the sinking of the Lusitania, may dread getting caught up in a moment of prayer. "Oh Lord!" they cry, "Hear comes himself for the rosary!"