What are rosary beads used for?
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What are rosary beads used for?

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The function of rosary beads is to count prayers. While most people associate rosary beads with Catholicism, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Taoists also use rosary beads in their worship.

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In the Catholic religion, rosary beads often consist of several decades, or sets of prayers. Each decade consists of one "Our Father" prayer, 10 "Hail Mary" prayers and one "Glory Be" prayer. Other prayers said while using a rosary include the "Fatima Prayer" and the "Apostle's Creed." To prevent the rosary prayers from becoming monotonous and mindless, many Catholic worshipers meditate on four different "mysteries," the Luminous, Joyful, Glorious and Sorrowful Mysteries. Each mystery consists of five events taken from the lives of Jesus and Mary.

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    How do you recite the rosary?

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    The rosary is a series of prayers recited in a prescribed order and number of repetitions. In order, the series contains the following prayers: one Apostles' Creed, one Our Father, three Hail Marys, one Glory Be, five repetitions of one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and one Glory Be.

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    How to make a rosary bracelet?

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    To make a rosary bracelet, choose your beads, pick a clasp style, cut the memory wire, add the beads, create end loops with the clasps and affix the crucifix to complete the bracelet. Rosary bracelets can be customized by using different bead sizes, adding bead spacers and adding chain links between the beads.

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    How do you learn to pray the Rosary online?

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    The Rosary Center's website contains simple written instructions for praying the rosary. HolyRosary.org gives more detailed information about the rosary and also offers an interactive rosary that lists which prayer should be recited with each particular bead.

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    How do you recite the rosary prayer online?

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    ComePrayTheRosary.org offers an online rosary. Those who want to pray can join with others worldwide, though they may not start at the beginning of the prayer. Those praying also have the option to start at the beginning in an individual prayer.

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