As technology races ahead and brings the world along with it, traditional organisations must keep up, even if they already have god behind them. And this is why the Vatican has just launched the smart Click to Pray eRosary.
The prayer bracelet is made of a string of ten consecutive black agate and hematite rosary beads, and of a smart cross which stores all the technological data connected to the app. And you can choose the kind of rosary you want to pray.
“When activated, the user has the possibility to choose either to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative Rosary and different kinds of thematic rosaries that will be updated every year,” the Vatican says. “Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed.”
For those who are non-Catholics, devotees of Catholicism pray the rosary by reciting a standard prayer such as the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the I Believe at each bead, as they contemplate the “mysteries” of Christ.
The traditional rosary has 5 decades of beads, that is, 50 beads separated into groups of 10. These together form one rosary. And each decade of the rosary is dedicated to a particular event in the life of Christ or his mother, Mary.
In the smart version of the rosary, however, there are only 10 beads on the bracelet. The device is activated by making the sign of the cross with it.
The functions are managed and controlled via an app, which features religious content, and provides health info which is gleaned from the bracelet.
“Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based teaching tool to help young people pray the Rosary for peace and to contemplate the Gospel,” the Vatican says. “The project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.”
The Catholic Church, of course, has already been keeping apace with technology, and the Pope himself especially who has become a celebrity online. The Pope has his own Instagram account, which currently has almost 7m followers, and a Telegram account.
The eRosary is on sale now for 99 euros (USD110/£85).