What To Do With Old or Broken Rosaries?

When a rosary has been blessed by a priest or bishop, it becomes a sacramental, and should be treated with reverence and care. Even if your rosary is not blessed, or if you do not know if it's been blessed, it's a good idea to treat it as if it were.

“Sacred objects, which are designated for divine worship by dedication or blessing, are to be treated reverently and are not to be employed for profane or inappropriate use even if they are owned by private persons.” – Code of Canon Law 1171

Remember that if your Rugged Rosary breaks, please contact us to see about a repair or replacement. More info on that here: https://help.ruggedrosaries.com/article/57-repairs-restring

So what do you do with old or broken rosaries... maybe you just have too many or they are unusable and old.

1. If it's in relatively good shape, give it away.

2. If it's broken, you can attempt a repair. If it's made with precious metals or gemstones, it is probably worth having a jeweler take a look.

3. Bring it to a Catholic Church. Many churches have a receptacle for old rosaries and you can place them there.

4. Do not ever just toss a rosary in the trash. However, burying the rosary is very acceptable.

5. Or, carefully burn it first and then bury the ashes.