Rosary meme

I got tagged by Venite Adoremus a while ago, but have never been at a computer with access to my flicker account*, and with my brain in gear, since.

Whilst I can’t promise that my brain is in gear, here goes:

Post a picture on your own blog of 3 of your most special and beautiful rosaries and tell us why they are special to you. Then pass it through to three of your fellow bloggers who will pick their three rosaries and so on. And maybe it will be a nice gesture to pray a special intention for the three persons you “gave” the rosary to the next time you pray a rosary :).

1. This is my favourite.


I’m not sure other people regard it with quite such affection, however, because it’s musical. It’s haematite and sterling silver, and the beads chime against each other as you pray. I quite like the noise it makes – we are an incarnational people, after all, and all our senses should be engaged as we worship, but I’m never sure if, when I’m praying in a group, the other people are silently thinking “shutupshutupshutup, hail Mary full of grace, please make the noise stop!” so I tend to only use it in my private devotions. The Pater beds, crucifix and centre medal all have roses on them, and, in case you hadn’t guessed, I love roses. The rose is also an ancient symbol of Our Lady.

It’s special for a few reasons – it’s the first one I designed and made myself. It’s haematite, a type of iron ore that polishes to a beautiful, shiny dark grey, and is my favourite semi-precious stone. My father’s family used to mine it, before the mines closed down, and every time I pick it up, I am reminded to pray for them as the cool, heavy stones slip between my fingers. As rosaries go, it is quite heavy, but I like the weight of it as it swings from my hands.

2. This is another one I designed and made myself, as a gift for a friend.


It is dyed fossilstone, in her favourite colours. We christened it the stealth rosary, because she’s not Catholic, and her parents are very definitely not Catholic. When it’s on, it just looks like a pretty bracelet with a cross on it, but it’s actually a five-decade rosary. Mwahahahahahahahaha.

3. There are no pictures of the third one – it’s another gift and she hasn’t got it yet. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

[Edit: There is no danger of the recipient reading this before I get it to her now, so here it is – pearls and sterling silver].


And, me being me, this is my other essential.


I always have both corkscrew and rosary with me, on the grounds that if one doesn’t work, try the other.

No idea who to tag, so if you’re reading this, and you have three rosaries, consider yourself tagged. Please leave a note in the comments.

A post about the Rosary can be read here.

*I really do think it’s dashed unsporting of my employers to block flickr. I mean, expecting me to work in exchange for my salary? Tch.

6 thoughts on “Rosary meme

  1. I can’t upload pictures, but my favorite rosary is the one my sister brought me from Rome. It was blessed by Pope John Paul ll and I loved him so much. That’s why it’s so special.

  2. Wow – I don’t even have one rosary let alone three.

    But I have recently worked out that the Hail Mary is rather good to say in one’s head/use as meditation whilst swimming. The way I say it / swim it lasts a length. And sinners/swimmers is easily merged together in one’s head – pray for us swimmers….

    (Hope that’s amused rather than offended. )

  3. Wow – I don’t even have one rosary

    This can quite easily be fixed…

    (Hope that’s amused rather than offended. )

    Well, it’s my blog, and I laughed. And one of Mary’s titles is Stella Maris, Star of the Sea, and under that title her intercession is invoked for sailors – why not swimmers as well?

  4. Those are both lovely rosaries. I can’t decide whether I like the stealth rosary more, or the musical one.

    I’ve got one rosary, but it never occurred to me that I could have another. It’s not pretty, as it is old and made out of dried seeds, but it was given to me by my sponsor for confirmation, and it came from the nunnery where he was caretaker: the nunnery was closing down.

  5. Thank you for answering the meme 🙂 They’re so pretty!

    I love the first one – and you’re right, rosaries should be heavy (it makes them… more useful… in certain circumstances. I like useful. Useful is good).

    You certainly have a talent with string and beads.

    Oh, and by the way, there’s a cheese slicer with your name on it at a certain convent.

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