Is It Appropriate to Wear Rosary or Prayer Beads as Jewelry?
I am not Roman Catholic, yet I have made rosary beads for several people--family and friends--and given them as gifts. I have also sold rosary beads that I have made on two occasions.
I started making rosaries when my sister, who converted to Catholicism, and collects rosaries, asked me to make one for her. (See "The First Rosary" at : http://personapaper.com/article/33772-the-first-rosary)
I had been making jewelry and had mastered certain techniques. I prefer wire work to bead stringing, so the chain rosary is my favorite to make. It is meditative for me to make each and every loop on each side of every bead. I suppose it is as important as praying each bead might be for the parishioner.
I have noticed a trend in the United States that many younger people are wearing rosary beads as jewelry around their necks. I have noticed similar things in some of the music videos I have watched.
When I asked my sister several years ago about wearing rosary beads around the neck, she seemed nearly offended by my question. It was clear to me that her perspective was that wearing rosary beads was sacrilege.
Yet, I have also seen devout Catholics--mostly under the age of 30--doing so. I have seen this from both men and women, and from several different racial or ethnic backgrounds.
When I ask about it, I cannot seem to get clear answers.
It seems to be a point of contention from the over-40 generation, but a symbol of inclusion in the under-30 crowd. Some have even said it is nothing more than a "fashion statement." Perhaps, no one really knows for sure.
The face of Catholicism certainly seems to be changing here in the United States. I cannot help but wonder if this is worldwide. I cannot get any definitive answer where the church itself is concerned about "rules" surrounding these prayer beads.
Around the world, there are many opinions and ways to interpret religious ideas and doctrine from any religion. I suppose I might find the same when asking about the wearing of prayer beads as adornment from any religion.
It would be nice to hear what others have to say.
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