The Rosary of Lent
The predominant color for this rosary is
purple, or amethyst.
It is the color the Church has assigned to this season in honor of our Lord.
The first white bead above the Crucifix is for Ash Wednesday and reconciliation.
Sins against our Lord, our brethren and ourselves are symbolized by the black color of the next three beads.
The last white Our Father bead marks the blessing of the throat for healing and protection from illness.
The first four decades in the body, or loop of this rosary mark the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert.
The first three Our Father beads in the loop are black to remind us of the three times the devil tried to tempt our Lord.
The last decade in the loop marks His return and last days in Jerusalem. Jesus knew His enemies were conspiring
against Him and chose to stay and face His own death for us. The Our Father bead for this decade is black.
The last beads commemorate Passion week. The first white Our Father bead is for the Last Supper.
The next three black beads are for the vigil of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
The last white Our Father bead celebrates the joy of Easter Sunday and the resurrection of our Lord.
May this rosary help you to walk more closely with Him, remembering His journey as we walk our own.