How to Dispose of a Rosary

by James McElroy
Follow the proper procedure to respectfully dispose of your broken rosary.

Follow the proper procedure to respectfully dispose of your broken rosary.

Your rosary, if it has been blessed, is considered a sacramental item. This means you should not just throw it in the garbage when it breaks or has to be replaced. After a rosary has been broken, there is a way to dispose of the pieces to show respect to the rosary's religious past. Although rosaries are no longer considered blessed when they have been broken to a point that they are unusable, they still must be treated with honor.

Cut your rosary into pieces with wire cutters or scissors. The idea is to render the rosary unusable and the pieces unrecognizable as a rosary.

Dig a hole in the ground with a shovel.

Bury the pieces of the rosary in the hole, then fill the hole back in.

Items you will need

  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Shovel

About the Author

James McElroy began his journalism career in 2001 and his stories have appeared in newspapers around the world, including "The Columbus Dispatch" and "The Star-Ledger." He studied journalism at the E.W. Scripps Graduate School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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