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Lawrence Silk wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is there such a thing as an eight-decade Rosary?

I received a Rosary as a gift for Christmas but it has 8 decades of beads above the Cross,
the Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's, and the first mystery of beads. There is no medal prior to the decade of beads.

  • Is this a real Rosary perhaps based on an early design, or created by a specific religious order?

The Cross is a Celtic Cross, if that makes any difference.

  • If this is a Rosary modeled or based on a real Rosary, how is it actually used?



  { Is there such a thing as an eight decade Rosary and if so, how is it used? }

Mike replied:

Hi Lawrence,

Thanks for the question.

A similar person in Yahoo groups had the same question.

Hello, Everybody!

I was on eBay, and I saw a Rosary with 8 decades. No, this is not a modern Rosary, but older from the 19th or 18th century. At first I thought it was a incorrectly re-strung Rosary. Then when I was looking at the book Der Rosenkranz, a book about antique German Rosaries which I mentioned in earlier post. I saw a couple examples of documented 8 decade Rosaries.

None of these 8-decade Rosaries had a Cross or Crucifix at the end; they all had a reliquary or medal dedicated to a Saint and each example had a Credo Cross. I don't know what the 8-decade configuration could represent. My only thought is that it is a Franciscan Crown Rosary (traditionally 7 decades) with an extra decade dedicated to the Saint who is depicted on the end medallion.

God Bless! :-)


After doing a little research, I found another possible answer.

It could be the Rosary of Guadeloupian Love which, as stated on the Knights of Columbus web page:

Is designed to connect the messages Our Lady of Guadalupe gave to St. Juan Diego with the seven sacraments of the Church and the Church as the sacrament of salvation.

You can read more about it on this page which also has an Introduction link at the top of the video.

I hope this helps,


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