Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

BEADS

Small pellets or bits of wood, stone, or glass arranged on a chain, wire, or string according to a kind, order, or number of prayers in certain forms of devotion. They are in common use among Catholics as a simple way to ensure accuracy in the count of prayers said in frequent repetition. The rosary, sometimes referred to as a "pair of beads," consists of five units of ten beads each and is in common use. The device of using beads for counting prayers is very ancient and is a common practice among Hindus, Buddhists, and Moslems.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days