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How many beads are there on a rosary?

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The Catholic rosary consists of a crucifix, a short set of five beads, a rosary center and a loop of five sets of 10 beads each. The purpose of the rosary is to help Catholics say the Rosary prayers.

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When praying the Rosary, Catholics start with the Our Father prayer, then 10 Hail Marys, a Gloris Patri, the Apostle's Creed and the Salve Regina. These prayers are completed with a meditation on the Mysteries. The Rosary prayer is thought to go back to Saint Dominic. Catholic rosary beads are made from glass, rose quartz stone, black onyx, amethyst or pearl.

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