Post # 1
Ok, so I am not Catholic yet so I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not.
Fiance has always told me he wants a wooden rosary like his grandpa had. We were talking about me going through the RCIA classes and he said that rosaries should be a gift, that you shouldn’t buy your own in his opinion. So, I am thinking about getting him a wooden rosary for Christmas but wanted to check with you ladies first. Are there any “rules” about gifting rosaries? Is this an approriate Christmas gift? Do I need to have our priest bless it??
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
Are there any “rules” about gifting rosaries?
Not really. However, rosaries will come with a medal (for example of a saint or a pope) or with a vial of holy water from a sacred place. If he has a particular affinity towards something or someone (for example, a patron saint), that you can find a rosary to match that affinity.
Is this an approriate Christmas gift?
Do I need to have our priest bless it??
No, but it’s not a bad idea. You just bring it to a priest and ask nicely. He’ll say a 2 minute prayer over it and it’s blessed. Sometimes you can buy a rosary that’s already blessed.
Post # 4
I’d encourage you to have your Fiance get the rosary blessed. My fiance gave me an already blessed rosary for my confirmation, it’s beautiful but I don’t pray with it as often as I should. Also, we were discussing this, rosaries and other sacramentals are supposed to be sold at cost and not for profit or else they need to be blessed again. Good luck! I’d try a local Catholic bookstore or look for a rosary from an order.
Post # 5
Great! Thank you so much!!
Post # 6
I just came back from my European honeymoon. I got my BIL a wooden rosary from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and he loved it so much he cried. It’s totally fine to give rosaries as gifts, especially if you know it would be meaningful to the recipient, as was the case with my BIL.
Post # 7
Everything has already been touched upon, but it’s not necessary that a rosary is a “gift.” You can indeed “get your own” on your own if you wish.
If theres a particular saint or devotion he has you may start there. i.e. Wood from Assisi if he’s a St. Francis fan, Olive wood rosaries from Jerusalem, wood rosaries from fatima (where it all began), lourdes, medjugorje, poland (Divine mercy), etc..
A blessing is never a bad thing… I’ve had my poodle blessed 🙂 and we’re having our house and family blessed after our wedding.
Post # 8
If you have any crafty abilities you should try making him one. I’m prone to homemade gifts. I think they have more meaning. My mother wasn’t Catholic, but my father was & my brother & I were raised Catholic. Recently my mother took the RCIA classes and for her graduation I gave her a rosary that I made myself. You can search online for directions on how to make a rosary. It’s pretty easy and doesn’t take much time at all. I did it in the evenings while watching a movie. Then all you need is to get beads which can be found at any craft supply store. You will need the special rosary pieces, but those are easy to find at your local Catholic Store. If you aren’t sure where that is it’s usually an easy search on the internet away. Buying the supplies and making it yourself will make for a more presonal meaningful gift and it will save you some serious money. A fancy rosary can be quite pricey. You also have the ability to personalize it. Best of luck! I think it’s a beautiful gift idea and that you fiance will love it.