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The Catholic faith use rosary beads as way to keep track of prayer sessions. Choosing a rosary is a personal decision as to the colors and materials used, which reflect a faith based statement when buying rosary beads.
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Buying rosary beads can prove a little difficult. Many Catholic churches sell rosary beads. However, if you are looking for something in particular that reflects your faith and personality they probably won't be able to help you. In that case ask around the congregation to see if there is a custom rosary maker in your area.
Searching online is great way to find what you are looking for. Many merchants will have pre made designs to choose from as well as a custom bead making service, which allow you to select the color, material and style of your rosary beads. The custom service will be a little more expensive but is well worth the effort if you have an idea of what you want.
There are many styles to consider when buying rosary beads. A full rosary contains enough beads to say all twenty decades in four sets. Ring or bracelet rosaries are very popular also. These smaller rosaries normally contain ten beads that allow you to say one set of prayers at a time.
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Cheap rosaries can be strung on nylon twine. These cheaper rosaries can have knots that separate the prayer sets, where as a more expensive rosary will generally have larger beads to separate the sets of prayers. And in some cases, knots are used in place of beads altogether.
The cost of your rosary beads will be reflected in how and what your beads are made of. Metal links are usually used to attach the beads to one another in more expensive rosaries. The materials used for the beads can be plastic, glass, wood, metal, precious stones, seeds and paper, and the metals used can vary from sterling silver to silver, gold or white gold.
The crucifix is an essential element to your rosary beads, and can be very simple or highly elaborate in design. And again, the type of material can vary from polished wood to solid precious metals and plated.
Another aspect to consider is the centre. In some rosaries it could be a simple knot, while others will have a large bead. Pictorial impressions of one of the Mysteries of the cross are sometimes used, while others may have centers that hold water from a holy shrine.
Buying rosary beads is very personal and should reflect your own personal faith and values. There is a huge variety available and with a little research you should be able to find the right set of rosary beads for you.
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