Vatican launches £85 ‘Click to Pray’ rosaries that connect to smartphones, aiming to attract young people to the Church
- Vatican Launches Smartphone-Friendly Click-to-Pray eRosary
- The device can be worn like a wristband and synced with the Click To Pray eRosary app
- It offers the wearer to pray with a standard or “themed” rosary and tracks progress
- The device was launched as part of the Pope’s Global Prayer Network initiative
The Vatican has launched “Click to Pray” rosaries that connect to smartphones in a bid to attract younger, more digitally savvy generations to the Church.
The so-called “eRosary” can be worn like a bracelet and connected to smartphones by a mobile application that is activated by making the sign of the cross.
The rosary bracelet from ‘Click to Pray’ is compatible with an iOS and Android app and can be ordered from Amazon.it for £85 ($110).
It features 10 black agate and hematite rosaries, and a silver “smart cross”.
The Vatican has launched electronic ‘Click to Pray’ rosaries (pictured) that connect to smartphones in a bid to attract younger, more digitally savvy generations to the Church
Click to Pray said in a statement: “Intended for the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based pedagogy to teach young people how to pray the Rosary, how to pray it for peace, how to contemplate the Gospel.
Christians who wish to use the electronic device for their prayers must first download the “Click to Pray eRosary” app, with which the Bluetooth-enabled and water-resistant wristband then syncs.
Taiwan-based technology company GadgTek Inc (GTI) developed the eRosary as part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network initiative.
Once activated, the “Click to Pray” app offers the wearer to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a “themed” rosary, with options such as Laudato Si, Migrants and Refugees, Vocations and youth.
The eRosary includes 10 black agate and hematite rosary beads, and a silver “smart cross”
The app tracks the wearer’s progress during each prayer and records each completed rosary. It also contains a selection of prayers and songs.
According to the organization’s website, the application “connects you with thousands of people who, on all continents, pray every day for the challenges of humanity and for the mission of the Church that the Pope proposes in his monthly prayer intentions”.
He “offers you three brief moments of prayer each day” and people are “invited to join the Pope’s call to connect your hearts with others who seek to serve the mission of Jesus.”
The website added: “In addition to daily prayer, the device also records and provides your health data, so you are encouraged to have a better lifestyle.”