The Combat Rosary
Like many Catholic men, I carry a rosary. I have a physical job, and so, easily break the typical strand of beads (no matter how careful I try to be). Sure, I could just leave my rosary in my bag as I work, but that isn’t the same as keeping it on my person- I like having access to it in need, and while I don’t use it as some sort of lucky talisman or anything of the sort, it does serve be a tool of peace and spiritual comfort in those moments of need. Likewise, feeling its presence upon me acts as not only a constant reassurance / reminder of God’s presence and promise in my life, but also frequently draws to mind a remembrance of my need to evangelize through actions- especially in the difficult challenges my job often presents.
Going back a handful of years now (at least 5 or so), I came across a website offering a “Combat Rosary”. This is based on the design that was commissioned by the U.S. government for use by servicemen during WWI. In the photo, you can see that it’s made of stainless steel pull-chain, and comes with both a medal of St. Benedict and the Pardon Crucifix (the medals and cross are detailed on both sides). It is available in bronze and gold tones, and can also be ordered with an additional medal (representing the different branches of the U.S. armed services or saints such as St. Michael and St. Florian). Each rosary comes with a pamphlet that explains the origin, meaning, and symbolisms of the medals and Crucifix.
The Combat Rosary has a nice weight to it and is as sturdy as it is beautiful (my photo does no justice to it whatsoever). My own has survived for at least five years and counting, and I feel it is well worth the money spent.
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