The Mission Rosary is a special form of the prayer, established in 1951 by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, US National Director of Missio. Fr Sheen wanted to encourage Catholics to pray for the whole world, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. Hence the Mission Rosary is made up of five different colours, each representing a different continent.
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The Mission Rosary helps children to understand that they belong to a Universal Church that shares God’s love with our global human family. As they pray each decade they remember children in that continent and how, through Christ, we are all connected.
- 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.
Find out more about the Mission Rosary and how to pray the rosary in school, by downloading our assembly and related resources 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.