Since the start of his Pontificate, Pope Francis has encouraged the use of the Rosary as a means by which Christians can contemplate the lives of Jesus and Mary, and imitate their example.
The Mission Rosary is a special form of the prayer, established in 1951 by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, US National Director of Missio. He saw the need for us to pray for the whole world, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable at home and overseas.
The Mission Rosary is very popular with children and is a wonderful way for them to gain an understanding of what it means to belong to the Universal Church, a global community of peoples from different cultures.
The Mission Rosary is a physical reminder that while children in England and Wales pray for children overseas, children around the world are also praying for them in an amazing exchange of faith and friendship.
The Mission Rosary is different from a traditional rosary because it is made up of five different colours. Each colour represents a different continent in the world and it helps us to pray for children in that continent living in poverty and adversity.
- Africa is represented by the green decade which stands for the forests and grasslands there.
- The Americas are red representing the fire of faith.
- Europe is white because it is the home of the Holy Father in Rome.
- Oceania is shown in blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
- Asia is represented in yellow as a symbol of the sun rising in the East.
Free resources relating to the Mission Rosary including an assembly and instructions for us are available to download below. You can also order Mission Rosaries using our simple online order form. The Mission Rosary is directly linked to the Day of Many Colours which is a fun way of putting your faith into action for children overseas.