How To Properly Get Rid Of ‘Satanic Rosaries’


The rosary is a beautiful sacramental of the Catholic Church, used to meditate on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Yet, there is the uncommon but worrying phenomenon of so-called ‘Satanic rosaries.’ While the concept may seem unfamiliar or confusing to many Catholics, it’s important to know how to properly deal with these items if you ever encounter one.

What is a ‘Satanic Rosary’?

A ‘Satanic rosary’ isn’t a term recognized by the Church in its official teaching; rather, it’s a description often used to talk about rosaries that have been purposely designed or modified with symbols or elements that are not in alignment with the Christian faith. These could include non-Christian or even anti-Christian symbols.

The Sacramental Importance of the Rosary

The rosary is not just a string of beads but a powerful sacramental. Sacramentals are sacred signs that bear a resemblance to the sacraments, and they signify spiritual effects that are obtained through the intercession of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1667). The rosary, when used properly, leads us to contemplate the mysteries of Christ and offers a path to deepen our relationship with God.

“The Rosary is ‘a compendium of the Gospel.’ It is a method of prayer that is simultaneously Marian and Christological” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 971).

Why It’s a Concern

If a rosary has been modified or designed to incorporate Satanic or anti-Christian symbols, then it has been tainted as a sacramental object. Such items could be used in rituals that are not in conformity with the Catholic faith and are therefore not conducive to leading a Christian closer to God.

How to Identify

Identifying a ‘Satanic rosary’ may not always be straightforward. A basic rule of thumb is to look for any symbols, words, or aspects that are not aligned with Christian teaching. Non-Christian or anti-Christian symbols would be a clear sign. If you’re uncertain, seek guidance from a priest or other authority within the Church.

What To Do If You Find One

Consult with Church Authorities

The first step is to consult a priest or a bishop. They can provide specific guidance and might even take the item to properly dispose of it. This is in line with the Church’s guidance on sacramentals, which should be treated with respect and can only be disposed of in a proper way (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1677).

Avoid Superstitious Practices

Remember, it is wrong to treat sacramentals as magical items. The Catechism explicitly states that “Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1670).

Proper Disposal Methods

Generally, sacramentals should be returned to the earthly elements from which they came. A rosary made from organic materials like wood or string could be burned, and the ashes returned to the earth. Inorganic materials like plastic or metal should be buried. Some authorities recommend that the rosary be broken or dismantled before disposal, to make it clear that it is no longer to be used as a sacramental.

A Spiritual Response

Besides disposing of the physical item, spiritual actions like prayer and receiving the sacraments are recommended. St. James tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Therefore, it’s a good idea to go to Confession and attend Mass, renewing your relationship with Christ.


The idea of a ‘Satanic rosary’ may be unsettling, but the Church provides clear guidance on how to deal responsibly and respectfully with sacramentals that have been altered or misused. Consulting Church authorities and following the recommended methods for disposal while avoiding superstition are the key steps. Remember, the ultimate goal is to draw nearer to God through His Church. So, if you ever find yourself in possession of a ‘Satanic rosary,’ know that there is a proper, respectful way to dispose of it, guided by the wisdom of the Church.

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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