This corded mission rosary is made from 5mm oval wood beads in blue, red, green, yellow and natural wood. It measures approx 24cm (9.5") in length and has a light wooden cross with silver embossed corpus. These rosary beads come in a cello bag with explanatory leaflet about what the mission rosary is all about.
The Mission Rosary is a special form of the prayer, established in 1951 by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, US National Director of Missio. He saw the need for us to pray for the whole world, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable at home and overseas.
The Mission Rosary is very popular with children and is a wonderful way for them to gain an understanding of what it means to belong to the Universal Church, a global community of peoples from different cultures.
The Mission Rosary is different from a traditional rosary because it is made up of five different colours. Each colour represents a different continent in the world and it helps us to pray for children in that continent living in poverty and adversity.
Africa is represented by the green decade which stands for the forests and grasslands there.
The Americas are red representing the fire of faith.
Europe is white because it is the home of the Holy Father in Rome.
Oceania is shown in blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
Asia is represented in yellow as a symbol of the sun rising in the East.