Types of Rosary Rings
Rosary rings come in numerous styles and sizes, meant to fit the needs of all individuals. Many choose a simple metal prayer ring. This Rosary prayer ring is very familiar to most. It can be used by anyone, and is usually rather inexpensive. Because of the metal, these are not usually worn on anyone’s fingers except when they pray.
If you would prefer or can afford something nicer, you may want to consider a higher-quality prayer ring. These Rosary rings are mostly made of gold or sterling silver. Unlike typical metal Rosary rings, these rings are created with a more slender design.
The 10 bumps are more discreet, but critically, still built into the ring. Because of the more streamlined design, these Rosary rings can be worn like regular jewelry rings and are intended for daily use.
Also, there are wooden rosary rings. Like metal rosary rings, wooden rosary rings are quite inexpensive. To some, they may offer a more traditional feel. However, the design and function are the same as their metal counterparts.
Rosary rings come in many designs and sizes. The bands can often be uniquely styled. The balls come in different sizes. Usually, rosary rings are topped by a crucifix shape, but not always.
To keep everyday wear convenient, higher-quality rosary rings usually do not have a protruding top, but rather a crucifix etched into the band. Since meant for use by all individuals, Rosary rings come in many sizes, including some designed specifically for men, women and children.
How to Pray the Rosary using a Rosary Ring
The Rosary ring is meant to be used just about anywhere, whenever someone wants to pray. The first step is to select a Rosary ring that appeals to you and that you are comfortable using.
You begin by wearing the Rosary ring on the index finger of your choosing. You count the beads using your thumb to turn the ring while it sits on your index finger.
Using the Rosary ring to pray the Rosary is simple. Kiss the crucifix and make the Sign of the Cross, touching your fingers to your forehead, then to the heart, then to the left shoulder and finally to the right shoulder.
Begin praying the initial prayers of the Rosary: The Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be.
Next, announce the appropriate Mystery on which you’re reflecting. Once completed, then recite the Our Father prayer, touching the crucifix. Follow this with 10 Hail Marys and count using the 10 beads of your rosary ring. Remember to let your thumb comfortably turn the ring.
This is called a decade, due to the fact that it contains 10 Hail Marys. However, a decade also includes the Our Father and, usually, a Glory Be to the Father.
Repeat until you have completed all your decades, and then pray your closing prayers.