A time for rosary beads

I recently had the privilege of speaking at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay for their October faith formation evening. I spoke on the history of the rosary at the request of faith formation coordinator, Barbara Conder, because I have published a book about the rosary (“Linking Your Beads: The Rosary’s History, Mysteries and Prayers,” Our Sunday Visitor Press).

As part of the presentation, those in attendance brought their own rosaries. That was another lesson for me in how much more there always is to learn about this particular devotion of the church. I was delighted to see a handmade rosary of uncut garnets, a chaplet made of seeds and an example of the Eucharistic rosary brought by a woman who had received it from a Father of Mercy.

On this Eucharistic rosary, the “Hail Mary beads” are white and shaped like the consecrated host and the “Our Father beads” are red and drop-shaped to represent the consecrated wine. An example of this particular rosary can be seen here: http://fathersofmercy.com/eucharistic-rosary/. Feel free to email photos of your unique rosaries to me at [email protected].

About Patricia Kasten

Kasten is the author of “Linking Your Beads, The Rosary’s History, Mysteries and Prayers,” published by Our Sunday Visitor Press.  Her newest book, on sainthood – “Making Sense of Saints. Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Saint-Making and More“, was published by OSV in Spring 2014.  She is also a puzzle-smith. Her weekly Scripture Search puzzle (see The Compass) and bi-weekly The Cross Word, both based on the Sunday readings, appear in Catholic newspapers and parish bulletins around the country.