The Vatican is hoping to attract more worshippers with a new wearable rosary bead that connects to their phone. The “Click to Pray” eRosary, which can be worn as a bracelet, is made up of 10 consecutive hematite and black agate rosary beads and it is activated by making a cross symbol.
Once activated, wearers will be able to pray using three types of rosary – standard, contemplative, or thematic – each of which are updated throughout the year. While praying, users can monitor their progress through the prayer, with the device keeping track of every rosary that is performed. As the Vatican has noted:
“Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed.”
The device is a part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. Consequently, the Click to Pray eRosary will have its prayers updated each month, with the Worldwide Prayer Network being responsible for its content.
The Click to Pray eRosary was designed and developed by GadgeTek Inc. It also provides users with the typical health information you’d expect from a wearable, such as step tracking.
The eRosary is currently available for $110/£85/€99. The device can also be connected to a free mobile app, which includes an audio guide, exclusive images and personalized content for each user.