I've never bought a rosary before: have you?

I have bought a few rosaries. The first one I bought was on a whim in Mexico- even though I had never prayed the rosary before. It stayed in my bedside table for years before I actually used it. I have prayer ropes- of course- but they’re easy to lose (and I have given a few away) and I prefer beads- so I bought an olive wood Jerusalem rosary on which to pray the Jesus Prayer. I then bought a rosary from the Vatican Gift shop over a year ago and went ahead and had it blessed by Pope Francis. I also bought one of those combat rosaries from Rugged Rosaries- but felt compelled to give it away.

I’ve also had free rosaries come into my possession. One was a Lourdes rosary, one a Fatima rosary, and some were just cheap plastic ones. I’ve given all of them away except for the Lourdes one. I’ve made a few rosaries too and have given them away. I figure that rosaries are meant to be used- so I shouldn’t hold on to all of them.

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I’ve bought only a few in my lifetime, some of which I’ve given to friends and family. Most have been given to me. I have a few ones special to me, others I keep and am happy to give away if someone needs it.

The finger rosary I purchased became part of an interesting story. I purchased it because of the numerous rosaries that had broken in my pocket. One day upon visiting the local Dominican monestary I went to grab it out of my pocket to pray with it to find it had broken (how I have no idea). I proceeded to pray my rosary with my fingers. Upon leaving the monestery chapel a rosary was hanging on the stairway railing. It was not there when I entered. I took it to mean it was meant to replace my other one. This one was aestheticly nothing special, one of those plastic ones given away for free in churches. Because of this story it was very close to my heart and i kept it hanging in my car when not using it. In October of 2018 I received a call that a good friend of mine was unresponsive in critical condition following a suicide attempt. When I went to visit her, the only thing I could think to give to her was this rosary. Sadly, after two weeks on life support, my friend passed away. My simple little plastic rosary was on her person when she passed and was one of the things placed with her in the casket. I still miss that little plastic rosary hanging in my vehicle, but I’m glad that my friend had it in her final moments and has it, mortally, for eternity.

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I actually buy them all the time. But I work at a Catholic store. So I buy them to sell.

I’ve also bought some to give as gifts.

Looking at the ones that I have, I have never purchased one for myself. Mine have all been gifts or been handed down from family.

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Bought one for my mother. It was blessed by the Pope.

Never bought one for myself, though.

I was given a rosary by the local pro-life people at the abortion facility and they refused to allow me to reimburse them for it.

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I have bought only 3 rosaries in my life. When I came back to the the Church a decade ago I went out and got an inexpensive one to get back into prayer. I bought one when I worked in the parish gift shop and I bought on from Real Men Pray the Rosary.

My favorite rosary is one my daughter (a jeweler) made me from 8mm hemetite beads. The problem with it (why I almost never use it) is that the beads are magnetized and the whole thing clumps togeather when I use it. If I can ever get it demagnetized, it will become the rosary I carry with me all the time

Patrick
AMDG

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I have one of those with the Knights of Columbus logo as the centerpiece from Rugged Rosaries. They are really good rosaries. I’ve had no luck with chain link rosaries (they invariably come apart on me), my two favorite rosaries are this one and a cord rosary with jade beads that I picked up as a SCRC convention.

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Just thought about this first time.
I have never bought a rosary.
They’ve been given to me by various people.
I also “steal” them from the adoration chapel. (they are left behind)

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I’ve seen the KoC rosary and it looks great! Going to have to wait until I become a Knight to buy one however.

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I had different crosses put on these that I bought.

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One on the left stays by my bedside and I use it to pray at night. One on the right stays in my purse at I use it everywhere I go that I pray the Rosary.

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I have purchased 2 of my Rosaries and received 4 for free. (I’m not counting the free Rosaries that cost under a dollar)

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Thanks for introducing me to Roman Catholic Gear. My Brother in-law is an ex Marine reservist, converted to the Catholic Church. I think I’ll buy him one of the Rosaries from the site as a gift. I’ve bought my nephews tons of gifts, of but I’ve never bought him a Gift. So, I’ll do that this month and give it to him.

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I have quite a few chaplets an rosaries, I have bought them from the Saint-Joseph’s oratory https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/ and Roman Catholic Gear https://romancatholicgear.com/ and Rugged Rosary https://ruggedrosaries.com/ and even had some custom made by the Rosary Shop https://www.rosaryshop.com/

They are all good and reliable places to get a good solid chaplet or Rosary.

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Well buy one if you want to, you can never have to many :wink: Plus you can, if you like, pass on one or two of your old one’s to a close friend or family member that is Catholic and that would appreciate it, that is if you don’t want a bunch of them. You should get a replacement crucifix for your favorite red rosary. If you can’t repair it yourself I’m sure a jewelry shop could install it for you. :wink:

To answer your question though, I have bought them for other people but never one for myself. I am not against buying ones own Rosary, just never needed too. I have two of my Grandpa’s Rosary. One is the one he always used to pray with and the other is from his funeral. I have a couple of my Grandmother’s rosary. One is a cool green one from Ireland. Have one from when I was incarcerated and 7 sorrows rosary another inmate made for me. :pray:

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