What Is a Rosary Bracelet?

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What Is a Rosary Bracelet?
Rosary beads have been used for centuries to remind Catholics to say their prayers. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Rosary bracelets are a version of the rosary created specifically to be worn on the wrist; they remind the wearer of daily prayer. The rosary bracelet contains a single decade rosary, a crucifix and a small medal. They can be created in a variety of styles and lengths to match the needs of the person wearing them.

Description of the Rosary

A rosary typically consists of a short strand and a long strand of beads. The short strand has a crucifix followed by a large bead, three small beads and another large bead. The short strand is connected to the large strand, which consists of a chain of one large bead -- used for the "Our Father" prayer -- followed by 10 small beads, each used when saying the "Hail Mary." This sequence is called a decade. A standard rosary usually contains five or 15 decades.

History of a Rosary Bracelet

A rosary bracelet typically consists of a single-decade rosary, a crucifix and medal. Single-decade rosaries are often called "soldier rosaries," since they were used during World War I by soldiers going into battle. Single-decade rosaries can be easily worn or carried, and they provide a way for Catholics to remember their daily prayers. Today, the rosary bracelet is used as a simple form of a rosary that can be worn fashionably around the wrist.

Styles of Rosary Bracelets

Rosary bracelets come in a variety of different styles. Affordable rosary bracelets can be made by using plastic or wooden beads strung together on wire or elastic. Many companies have created more expensive versions. These consist of a variety of gemstones, including diamonds, amber and onyx. Some beads are created from materials of religious significance. Gold and silver are pricier options available for the chains and clasps.

Functions of a Rosary Bracelet

A rosary bracelet can be just as effective for counting prayers as a standard rosary, but their single-decade size makes them easier to wear. They come in an incredible variety of styles and designs, which makes them an ideal piece of jewellery to accentuate any outfit. Whether going to work or to the gym, a rosary bracelet can be worn throughout the day to remind those who follow the Catholic religion to say their Hail Marys.

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