THE ROSARY is a sign of the Catholic faith. Every Catholic should carry one always, as a mark of identification, and as a means to sanctify spare moments. Blessed objects, such as Rosaries and miraculous medals, have proved a powerful protection in times of danger, and a source of consolation to all in times of sickness and suffering.
The Rosary may be said at any time and in any place. The whole Rosary does not need to be said at once. A decade at a time may be said in spare moments. If the Rosary beads cannot be used the Hail Marys may be counted in another way.
Men may finger beads in their pockets. A few decades may be said in the armchair, on the front porch, in the car; while walking to work or to school; during idle hours or during a sickness. A common custom is to say the Rosary in bed until falling asleep.
BECAUSE the Rosary is a sacred object, carrying the blessing of the Church, everyone should take good care of his beads, bearing in mind that, when two or more persons recite the beads together, the indulgences are gained by those present who have no Rosary, provided that at least one person in the group is using the beads. Also that indulgences are attached to the beads and not to the chain or cord. A new blessing is not needed when the Rosary is loaned or given away; nor if several beads are missing or replaced, or all the beads are restrung or re- wired. Furthermore, certain indulgences may be gained by individuals, even without the actual use of the Rosary.