How Do I Bless My Own Rosary?

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How Do I Bless My Own Rosary?
Pray the Rosary while meditating on the five mysteries to seek the Virgin Mary's assistance in prayer. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Many Christians pray the rosary out of devotion to their faith, to beseech the mother Mary or to seek blessing, forgiveness or peace. When a rosary is taken to be blessed by a priest, the rosary beads are bestowed with the blessing of the Church, meaning that as you pray the rosary, your prayers are strengthened with the prayers of the Church. In addition, a priest's blessing will also impart rosary beads with an indulgence, which means that as you pray the rosary for forgiveness, you become absolved from punishment for your sins. Only a priest has the power to bless a rosary with these kinds of special spiritual help. However, you can bless your own rosary yourself with Holy water to bestow the beads with spiritual grace.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rosary
  • Holy water

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  1. 1

    Take your rosary with you to church.

  2. 2

    Bring your rosary to the Holy water basin that is used for dipping the fingers and blessing yourself, usually located near the church entrance. Place a few fingers into the holy water and sprinkle a few drops of holy water over your rosary.

  3. 3

    Say a personal prayer evoking God's blessing or read a short blessing verse from the bible.

Tips and warnings

  • A supply of holy water is blessed for the church each year on Easter Sunday. You can obtain some Holy water from your parish priest, without charge.
  • Treat your blessed rosary with respect and care, since it is now a sacramental object. Store it in a case and do not wear, hang, drop or toss it around.

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