The Rosary Ring

22 Mar

ring1Catholics have carried rosary rings during times of trouble as well as times of extended travel.  It is believed that rosary rings originated in the 13th century.  In the 16th century, rosary rings were carried in secret because religious persecution prevented Catholics from carrying traditional rosaries.

Rosary rings are not worn on the finger.  They are carried in a pocket by travelers and often by members of the military during times of war.

ring2Rosary rings have a single decade.  There are 10 projections around the shank for the Hail Mary ( Ave Beads) and a bezel for the Our Father ( Paternoster) with a cross or crucifix at the top.

The Rosary Ring and other rosaries carried by military personnel are featured on page 139 of The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.

RosaryCollectorsGuideTo learn more, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Books has 240 color photographs of unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  From rosaries owned by King Henry VIII of England to those inspired by the work of Pope Francis, The Rosary Collector’s Guide answers the questions of historians, antique dealers, and those devoted to the rosary.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on, Barnes and, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Catholic Gifts Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

Hoffner Rosary Book PhotoGloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner are often able to bring their collection of rosaries to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations.  To arrange a presentation or ask a question about rosaries, contact them at



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