This weekend, I was cleaning out my dresser drawer and found 11 pairs of rosaries that are not being used. Most were the basic plastic bead and string kind in a variety of colors from pink and turquoise to brown and black. When I moved from my childhood house into my apartment when I was married three years ago, they were important and sacred enough to make the move with me. However, I have two pairs of rosaries that I use – one pair from a trip I took to Fatima with my husband, mother and in-laws, and one pair that was a gift from my father, who is now deceased. Even though I know that I will not be using the other rosaries anymore, I didn’t know exactly what to do with them.
It felt wrong to just throw them away. After doing some online research, I found some interesting ways to properly dispose of rosaries. It seems that burying rosaries is an acceptable way to dispose of them, but this seemed a bit outdated and old fashioned for me, as well as not practical since I live in an apartment building without a yard. It just was not a way that I was comfortable with. But a few places online listed another suggestion that I particularly like – to bring the rosaries to church and leave a pair or two in the back for someone who may need them to take. Giving rosaries away to others who may need them – either through church or even religious organizations, or to someone you know, seems to be a kind and gentle way to pass on not only rosaries, but the faith.