From a reader…
I wanted to hear your thoughts on this… I’m fascinated by the rosary and the idea that it is our weapon. I’m not a religious (nun or monk) but is it still OK for me to wear the rosary on the left hip as they do (like a sword)? I love the rosary and would love to keep one with me always but I’m not sure if it’s wrong for a lay person to wear the rosary this way.
However, I would not make it in any way ostentatious, if you do not wear the religious habit. I recommend carrying concealed, to borrow a term from a related field.
For example, when I use my clerical BDUs, I carry my Rosary concealed along with my oil stock and stole in the spare mag pouch on my left leg. It seems an appropriate place.
Perhaps use a small pouch on your belt, like a holster or scabbard. You’ll know it’s there and it’s there when you need it, and others don’t have to know. If you need for them to know… well….
Remember that the Rosary isn’t a decoration or jewelry, though they can be as beautiful as jewelry. They are not for mere ornamentation. They are sacramentals and they are for use.
Don’t play with rosaries, pray with rosaries.
Say one for me, please.
I had questions about my “clerical BDUs” or also “tactical clericals”.
I generally wear 5.11 gear, the shirts modified to the Roman collar, which is actually a development of the military collar. For the pants US HERE – UK HERE. For the shirts, modified, read this HERE for an old backstory and US HERE – UK HERE. The 5.11 gear is super durable and comfortable. The black dye lasts longer than the waaay over-priced clerical shirts so, over time, you are ahead buying these and modifying them. I took mine to a tailor with a model of a “tab” shirt and a “band” shirt to be used for the attachable collar and, for a small price, had them modified. They are great for travel, too, with their handy concealed pockets. If you are on the road and need to rinse them or wash them, they will be dry by dawn. I also use a 1.75″ belt with a plastic buckle (good for TSA) and which can bear a clipped-on load (if you get my drift). As an aside, for my white shirts for use with the cassock or vest, I have lately ordered inexpensive double-cuff shirts via amazon (US HERE) and, having removed the collar, with my own sewing machine (thanks to the reader who sent it), sewn a button hole into the outer layer of the remaining band. Cheaper and better quality by far. Whenever you can, DIY!