The iRosary

iRosary Is the world ready for the iRosary?

iRosary uses the advantages of the iPod to make the rosary more attractive and flexible for younger believers. At the same time, however, it reciprocally uses the significance of both objects as practical commodities on the one side and symbolic signs on the other and only changes the objects to a minimum extent.

The most important distinguishing feature of the iPod, the white earphones cable, becomes a string of beads on which only one bead is now found. This bead can be shifted. The position of the bead can be measured and heard as audio beads on a sensitive range of the cable. Due to technical possibilities, the new rosary can help a person to learn the prayer; the right mysteries are inserted automatically and there are various modes for choosing the degree of difficulty.

This only a concept, not a product, and the designer says that the “technical possibilities” for helping a newbie learn the rosary could include the iPod choosing the right mysteries for the day based on the date, having the iPod play the prayers in spoken word for the pray-er to repeat them.

Image Credit

  • irosary.jpg: Tino Dobra/Yanko Design | Copyright by owner. Used with permission.
Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
  • Between VirtualRosary and the excellent rosary mp3s by Greg and Jennifer Wilits of Rosary Army, who needs this? 

    I already have a POD* iPod.

    *Piously over-devotional?

  • Same here!  Add to that a fraction of SQPN, Praystation Portable included, and my Hubby hardly sees his iPod.  pax!

  • I have Pope JP II saying the rosary in Latin ripped to MP3’s and its always accessable on my Treo Cell phone… I have also ripped it and put it on my wifes Cell phone for easy access as well!

    I dont care how you go about saying the rosary

    as long as you pray it!

  • I like the idea.  It’s not only for the young ones who need to learn the rosary.  You can use it while driving, walking, working out on the bike, etc.

  • Even though this is being aimed at younger people, I see this is as being useful for the elderly, including someone who is no longer able to recite the prayers of the Rosary.

  • I think that it is good for people to have on hand when it might be hard to concentrate on the rosary due to surrounding noise (on the T for instance).  But as a young adult myself, I fear that all these efforts to make aspects of our faith look “cool” run the serious risk of trivializing it as a fad or watering it down to make Catholicism attractive to individuals otherwise opposed to the faith.