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Offline Flannery

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Wearing a rosary?
« on: May 19, 2012, 05:55:34 PM »
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  • What are anybody's thoughts about wearing a rosary?  Is it sacreligious?  I have been struggling with this issue for some time because I was raised to believe a rosary is not a piece of jewelry and should not be treated as such.  However, I do not want to be without my rosary during everyday life and don't always have pockets.  I have decided that maybe it would be ok to wear it around my neck as long as it's under my clothing and not visible.  Could anyone else, particularly the women on this forum, post opinions about this or suggestions?  I have done research and found contradictory advice.  This is of some concern to me, and I would welcome advice.  Thanks, Flannery

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    « Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012, 06:12:22 PM »
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  • It's become kind of a fashion thing now thanks to jersey shore.  Sadly you see these gangsters wearing rosary's now for fashion.  I keep it in my pocket personally.


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    « Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 06:25:47 PM »
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  • Keep it in your pocket if you can.  If you wear it underneath your clothing because you have no other option.  I don't see a problem with it.
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    « Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 06:27:13 PM »
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  • I absolutely HATE IT[/i][/u] when I see people wearing Rosaries. It drives me crazy and makes me want to chin-check some of these people. The people who I see doing this, however, are the kinds that place no significance on the importance of it.

    Unfortunately though, they're the product of their environment and probably don't care about whether or not it offends us as Catholics. To them it's a fashion symbol and there's nothing short of doing something illegal that we can do about it, really.
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    « Reply #4 on: May 19, 2012, 06:45:12 PM »
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  • Objectively there is nothing wrong with it. It's really what your intentions are. You can either kiss the face of Jesus out of love, or, like Judas, kiss it out of betrayal. If you are wearing a rosary around your neck out of Love for God (or just to avoid losing it), and circumstances don't make it inappropriate, then no one has a right to stop you.

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    « Reply #5 on: May 19, 2012, 09:54:18 PM »
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  • Exactly.
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    « Reply #6 on: May 19, 2012, 11:13:31 PM »
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  • Objectively, there is nothing at all wrong with wearing a Rosary around the neck and outside the clothing. I think you are reacting to those who use the Rosary beads in a sacriligeous manner.

    I once saw a woman, who incidentally looked like a prostitute, wearing her hair up in a coquetish manner adorned with a rosary. For me that was a complete turn-off. Asking the wearer why they wear Rosary beads could in fact be a good opportunity to engage in evangelising that person, that is if they are not wearing the beads for religious reasons.

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    « Reply #7 on: May 19, 2012, 11:57:01 PM »
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  • Quote from: Flannery
    What are anybody's thoughts about wearing a rosary?  Is it sacreligious?  I have been struggling with this issue for some time because I was raised to believe a rosary is not a piece of jewelry and should not be treated as such.  However, I do not want to be without my rosary during everyday life and don't always have pockets.  I have decided that maybe it would be ok to wear it around my neck as long as it's under my clothing and not visible.  Could anyone else, particularly the women on this forum, post opinions about this or suggestions?  I have done research and found contradictory advice.  This is of some concern to me, and I would welcome advice.  Thanks, Flannery


    There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing the Rosary around your neck, unless of course one has a sacrilegious (or vain) purpose.  Keep it under your clothing, though, so that people do not look at you as if you are boasting of your piety.  Take it out from under your clothing, perhaps, if you are in danger or afraid.  Other than that, I can say that many Catholic warriors have worn rosaries around their necks into battle, and many of them were martyred.  This was a common practice in Europe.  The old Irish and German nuns in the US Catholic schools said that a Rosary should never be worn, since that is somehow treating it as jewlery; don't worry about that if your intention is not to treat it as jewelry.  This is truly a Jansenist attitude on the part of the old Irish priests and should be dismissed as such.




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    « Reply #8 on: May 20, 2012, 12:06:19 AM »
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  • Rosaries could be considered by some to be gang symbols in certain contexts.
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    « Reply #9 on: May 20, 2012, 12:09:09 AM »
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    Rosaries could be considered by some to be gang symbols in certain contexts.


    I have seen some saggy-pantsed ghetto denizens wearing rosaries -- outside their clothing -- in public before.  The suspicion that they weren't doing this out of devotion to Our Lady had crossed my mind.   :wink:

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    « Reply #11 on: May 20, 2012, 04:03:30 AM »
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  • This is a great topic!

    The gang element was mentioned already, so that's a modern fact we have to cope with. But I have never heard of any particular gang using a rosary for a symbol, so you shouldn't have to worry about getting shot for "stepping on their turf" with the wrong accessories.  

    The trend comes from the prison ministries, where volunteers would bring rosaries into the prisoners on visiting days. The prisoners would put the rosary on as a necklace, because they were forbidden from having jewelry, and that was all they could wear instead of a chain or whatever.

    Prison life is hard in many ways, sometimes it is unbearable, dangerous or even fatal. Any way you look at it, it's not a joke. It's serious business. Whether a particular inmate grew in devotion to Our Lady by wearing her rosary, or not, it has become commonplace for released prisoners to find comfort by continuing to wear their rosary after leaving prison. They have associated it with consolation and a sense of self-worth or self-respect. And it may also carry sentiments of achievement for having survived prison, because many do not survive it.

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    I absolutely HATE IT[/i][/u] when I see people wearing Rosaries. It drives me crazy and makes me want to chin-check some of these people. The people who I see doing this, however, are the kinds that place no significance on the importance of it.

    Unfortunately though, they're the product of their environment and probably don't care about whether or not it offends us as Catholics. To them it's a fashion symbol and there's nothing short of doing something illegal that we can do about it, really.


    This is an unfortunate attitude, and I highly recommend that you step back and consider changing your mind. You can do that. Wearing a rosary is not inherently offensive to Catholics.

    In fact, St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, the GREAT APOSTLE OF THE ROSARY, was renown for using it to physically draw unbelievers and critics into the Faith. He would put his own rosary over their head and around their neck, and gently pull it toward himself, as he spoke to them, and he was known to claim that never did he do this without positive effect, usually it resulted in the conversion of the person he so drew in. It would seem that he had a kind of charism that Our Lady gave to him, such that her infinite reservoir of graces would open up for St. Louis Marie as he spoke to his subjects. I have never tried this myself, but I told one friend about it and he was quite interested. He said he was going to try it on his daughter! I'll keep you updated with any news!

    There has never been any incident of violence, hate or crime in the context of a rosary being worn, as far as I know. Please inform me if I'm wrong.

    The new trend of rosaries-as-jewelry has taken a bit of an odd turn, however. There is a website you can go to, ItsHot.com, in the jewelry district of New York, where extremely expensive rosaries are for sale. They generally make all orders up special, since they have such an enormous variety to choose from, but they do have some items in stock. Some of their rosaries cost tens of thousands of dollars, and are made of solid gold, silver, and precious stones including diamonds. Unfortunately, and this is the kicker, it is common for the design to have the beads spaced other than as a rosary, and their excuse is, that the jewelry designer chose the spacing that was "right" for that particular necklace, since it is intended to be used as a necklace, and not for a set of prayer beads.

    This trend is now branching out to other manufacturers, so that overstock.com and other online vendors like that have "rosaries" for sale that have such things as 4 decades, 9 beads in each "decade," 3 beads between the cross (not crucifix) and the centerpiece, too much or too little space between beads, and other anomalies. Sometimes there is a clasp in the back, instead of the 5th decade, or else a clasp next to the centerpiece, which would seem to be a distraction for me, but perhaps you'd get used to it.

    In the end, there is a difference between what one would have for looks alone or as a practical set of beads to finger while praying. But it is quite possible to have the best of both worlds, to have a rosary that is very nice to use for prayer, and is also very attractive as a necklace. It seems to me that natural stone is a typical match for these two uses. Onyx, jade, pearl, garnet, blue goldstone, amythist and jasper are very attractive, and there are others as well. Hematite is fairly common for very good rosaries, but I'm not that thrilled with it, personally. But I don't know why.
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    « Reply #12 on: May 20, 2012, 07:35:09 AM »
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  • In my part of the woods (SW USA) most people who wear rosaries like necklaces, are gangbanger Hispanics. Cops actually use that to profile people, so while I see nothing inherently wrong with it (though I think it's tacky), I wouldn't wear one in such a manner.

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    « Reply #13 on: May 20, 2012, 09:05:43 AM »
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  • Quote from: theology101
    In my part of the woods (SW USA) most people who wear rosaries like necklaces, are gangbanger Hispanics. Cops actually use that to profile people, so while I see nothing inherently wrong with it (though I think it's tacky), I wouldn't wear one in such a manner.


    Yeah, I live in southern California and agree. Its not only gangbanger Mexican's and Latinos though; its trendy among all hispanics, and slowly gaining popularity amongs the whites and others now too. I've seen this development in recent months. I think celebrities are using it as such as well. It used to make me angry that they would use it like that, now I just ask Our Lady to do what she can to help them eventually 'use' it as it was intended. I do still get the urge, however, to ask if they know how to pray it lol

    I was at a mall once, and there was a fellow selling Rosaries in a booth. After speaking with him, I found out that he was a Christian Jordanian.

    I bought a rosary from him, and he asked me, "Do you want to wear it now?"
    "No thanks," I said. "I'm going to use it to pray with."

    He kind of chuckled as if he was trying to figure out if I were joking or not.

    There's nothing wrong with wearing a rosary, though I wouldn't do it because of the reason theology101 said. Not so much because of profiling from the cops, but because I wouldn't want people to think my intention was to use it as a necklace for fashion or as a hanger on my review mirror. I'd rather let them see me using it to pray.

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    « Reply #14 on: May 20, 2012, 10:59:12 AM »
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  • If you see someone wearing a Rosary, look at the beads.

    Many in fashion do not have decades of ten beads.

    I have also seen "crucifixes" shaped like daggers.

    Consider the size also.

    The ones being worn are often made for that purpose.
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