A wooden rosary with white cord

Hello Rosary lovers! In this post, we will look at the question: why did my Rosary break?

Evidently this is quite a common question amongst Christians. Many, many rosaries break. As unfortunate and as annoying as this is, it is a very common problem.

What it’s like having a Rosary break

I have had it happen to me many times. You’ve gone to the trouble of finding a set of Rosary beads that you like, you get them blessed by a priest, you pray with them and you get attached to them. Perhaps, like me, you carry them with you always in your pocket.

So, your rosary beads become a close companion, and then, all of a sudden, often without any warning, they break.

You try to fix them but it’s no use. They’re broken and you need to get a new set of rosary beads, get them blessed and get used to their feel all over again.

I know how annoying this is. It can even be rather upsetting.

Why do rosaries break?

So the question is: why do they break?

Well, obviously, the first thing to say is that I can’t claim to know exactly why YOUR PARTICULAR Rosary broke. Perhaps it was well-made, but perhaps it was just very old. Maybe there was another reason. Maybe your dog got hold of it, I don’t know. Who knows?

What I can say, from experience, is that most rosaries I have come across since becoming Catholic are not really made to last.

This is especially true of the ones with metal chains. I have found that often the metal chains start to unbuckle at some random point. I have tried to put them back together, but it doesn’t last long, and soon the entire rosary falls apart.

I had this happen to 3 rosaries I possessed, each of which were blessed by a priest.

I then bought a gorgeous fairly sturdy one from Amazon. It wasn’t cheap, but it seemed like it would last. Again, I got this one blessed.

It didn’t last. The cross fell off after 2 months, and then the whole thing snapped after 3 months. And I had grown really fond of that rosary! I wasn’t impressed, to say the least.

So I was left with 4 rosaries, all broken within the space of a year or so. And still to this day I haven’t gotten round to reverently getting rid of them. I may bury them sometime, but for now they lie in a draw upstairs, wrapped in lots of kitchen roll.

Unbreakable rosaries

So I went on the hunt for a rosary that wouldn’t break. A friend of mine suggested I look at wooden rosaries, because these tend to be made of wood and rope/string, and as such they tend to last longer.

I eventually decided to go for a fabulous green paracord rosary. It was expensive, but my o my what a Rosary. When my priest blessed it, he wanted to keep it!

I used that Rosary for just under a year, and then bought another paracord rosary, made of Olive Wood, which you can look at here. This is now my constant and favourite Rosary. It comes with me everywhere.

Olive wood paracord rosary

I bought it from this awesome company, which you can check out here.

I have found that if you’re going to buy a rosary and use it often and/or keep it on you constantly, it is FAR better to invest in a rosary that will last.

Buying cheaper rosaries seems like a good idea early on, but when 3 or 4 break on you, you realise you could have spent less money overall by buying a quality, long-lasting one to start with. Paracord rosaries are built to last.

Should you be interested, you can check out the uses of paracord here. Suffice to say, it’s a brilliant idea for a set of Rosary beads.


So why did YOUR Rosary break? I have no idea, but perhaps it simply wasn’t built to last, as with so many rosaries. This is a shame, but be encouraged that there ARE rosaries out there which ARE built to last, as you can see here.

I hope this post proves helpful to you in your spiritual journey and I hope you can benefit from my experience about this issue.

If you have any questions or if you want to leave a comment, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

God bless you, through Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary!

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