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Rosaries for the Troops

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Apr 30, 2004

Want to provide some spiritual comfort for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serving in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan? The Military Archdiocese is collecting Rosaries to send overseas to our Catholic (and non-Catholic) servicemen. It seems even non-Catholics are taking comfort in the prayers of the Rosary.

So clean out your drawers of old Rosaries you don't use anymore, or if you know how to make your own start making them again, or even just go down to your local Catholic bookstore and buy a whole bunch. (This is a great service project for a youth group or confirmation class, by the way.)

When you do, send them (and a small donation to help defray postage costs) to:

Jo Ann Redmond
Director of Administration
Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
415 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Suite 300
P.O. Box 4469
Washington, D.C. 20017
The troops will be very grateful.

Update: A reader sends along the following suggestion: black, corded Rosaries will probably be best because they make no noise and won't stand out visually. Safety first!

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2004 9:32 PM ET USA

    Scriptural rosary booklets are wonderful for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. To read scripture with each Hail Mary keeps one focused and helps non-Catholics to realize what meaning our Rosary has for us. I'm afraid the cost of the booklets might be prohibitive, however. I've never seen one that was no more than a pamphlet. Printouts from the internet might work - there are several sites featuring the scriptural rosary.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Apr. 30, 2004 12:05 PM ET USA

    As well as sending the rosaries I strongly recommend that you also pack the pamplets that explain how to say the rosary. Chances are that even the Catholics have forgoten how to say the rosary and for those protestants who may feel inclined to say the rosary for their protection and comfort they'll feel uncomfortable and embarassed to ask how one properly recites the prayers and meditaions. A few pamplets explaining why we say the rosary would be nice as well.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2004 10:39 AM ET USA

    Thank you for this info! I have two sons in the Marines and have felt at some loss as to how to help with spiritual encouragement to the troops overseas. Any more ideas in that regard would be greatly appreciated.

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