The rosary has roots in several early Christian prayer traditions. They share similar formats to the rosary with repetitive structures and prayers. For example, 3rd-century Christian hermits and monks in Egypt (known as Desert Fathers) used stones and later prayer ropes to keep track when praying the 150 Psalms. Additionally, various forms of “the Jesus Prayer” became popular. The short prayer was said over and over again in a type of mantra while counting the beads on the rosary. Lastly, the Our Father was also prayed 150 times, using a string of beads with five decades referred to as a Paternoster (Latin for “Our Father”).
This sterling silver rosary features a total of 59 beads, a pendant of the crucifix, and an "INRI" inscription atop the cross. "INRI" represents the Latin inscription IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDÆORVM, which in English translates to "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews." John 19:20 states that this was written in three languages–Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, and was put on the cross of Jesus.
The rosary is said to be an incredibly rewarding spiritual practice for men and women of any age, and all ages. It is like an ancient treasure map that has led countless men and women from all walks of life to the treasures of peace, joy, clarity, and contentment. But don’t take our word for it - try it for yourself.
Materials ad Features: sterling silver
Age/Origin: Rome, c. 1930
Measurements: 12.5 grams, 21"
Condition: Excellent condition.
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