What Does The Bible Say About Wearing A Rosary

What Does The Bible Say About Wearing A Rosary
The wearing or using of rosaries has become quite a popular tradition in many parts of the world. But what does the Bible say about this practice? While some people hold a strong opinion either way, the Bible is actually unclear on the issue.
A rosary is an object of Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and other Christian spiritual devotions. It consists of a loop of beads traditionally composed of five sets of ten and one, with each set having a corresponding prayer. Generally speaking, religious experts believe rosaries to be a form of prayer, not unlike the Hail Mary prayer. Additionally, some people wear a rosary as a sign of reverence.
So let’s look at two scriptures that may give us a better understanding of this discussion. Firstly, there is Matthew 6 which talks about when we are praying, not to be seen by people. In this passage Jesus talks about not drawing attention to ourselves with over the top and ostentatious displays to show people we are devout and pious. He says:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.”

So it could be argued that wearing a rosary to draw attention to oneself is not in agreement with this scripture.
On the other hand, however, there is 1 Timothy 2 which discusses the virtue of modesty and humility. Again, it could be argued that the wearing of a rosary necklaces is a sign of modesty and humility. In this passage Paul speaks about clothing, which could be extended to say a sign of reverence, such as a rosary necklace, is ok to wear. Paul says:

“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

So, overall, we can see that the Bible is unclear on this topic and there are those who would back either side of this discussion. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide if wearing a rosary is right for them.

Different Types of Rosaries

There are a range of different types of rosaries that can be used for prayer. The traditional Catholic rosary consists of a circular rosary made up of five decades, each with ten beads and other beads surrounding these decades. This is the traditional rosary that is used for praying the rosary.
In addition to this, there are other types of rosary beads that are used for prayer and meditation, such as:

  • The Anglican Rosary or the Daily Office beads, which are used for prayer and meditations;
  • The Franciscan Rosary or the Crown Rosary, which is a seven-week prayer;
  • The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, which is a more contemporary form of praying with the rosary;
  • The Rosary of the Unborn, which is a special prayer for mothers and unborn children.

These different rosary types are all used differently and have different spiritual meanings and traditions. Some believers may choose to wear different rosaries as a sign of modesty, to help them remember certain prayers or to show a certain form of reverence.

Catholic Interpretations

Many Catholics believe that wearing a rosary is a sign of reverence. The Catholic Church teaches that the rosary is a powerful form of prayer and some view the wearing of a rosary as a reminder of that, a way to focus on prayer and devotion. It is not uncommon for Catholics to wear rosary beads as a sign of their faith and devotion to the Church, or to use a rosary as a way of counting their prayers.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

“The Rosary is a powerful means of prayer which, if it is prayed with faith, can lead to an intimate encounter with the Lord. In praying with the Rosary, the faithful contemplate the mysteries of Christ contained in the Gospels and meditate on the Lord’s life, his death, and his resurrection.”

While the Catholic Church does not have an official stance on the wearing of a rosary, it is encouraged as a sign of respect, humility and faith. Wearing a rosary is a way to feel closer to God, and as a reminder of one’s relationship with him and with Christ.

Protestant Interpretations

Protestant churches vary widely in their interpretation of the wearing of a rosary. Some Protestants find the idea of wearing a rosary necklace to be idolatrous or superstitious and do not approve of it.
However, other Protestants believe it is appropriate to use a rosary as an aid to prayer or to wear it as a reminder of one’s faith and relationship with God. Ultimately, it is up to each individual church and believer to decide if and how to use a rosary for prayer or for wearing.

Traditional Interpretations

The traditional interpretation of the wearing of a rosary is that it is a devotion to the Virgin Mary, who is associated with the rosary. Some traditionalists believe the wearing of a rosary shows devotion to the Catholic Church and is meant to remind the wearer of the need to pray and be humble before God.
Others suggest that the wearing of a rosary is meant to help the wearer think of God during difficult times and is a sign of piety and reverence for Mary.

What Does The Bible Really Say

Ultimately, what does the Bible really say about the wearing of a rosary? As we have seen, scripture is vague on this issue and it could be argued both ways. So, it comes down to each individual’s interpretation of scripture and their personal convictions.
Regardless of which side of this debate you fall on, it is clear that prayer and reverence to God should be at the centre of any discussion. Whether wearing a rosary is right for each person or not, it is important to remember that prayer is our connection with God.


In conclusion, we have seen that the Bible is unclear on the wearing of rosaries and different people hold different views on the subject. Whether you choose to wear a rosary or not, it is important to remember to focus on your relationship with God and to pray regularly, with or without a rosary.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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