Number of Beads on a Rosary

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How many beads are there on a rosary?

59.

Most Catholic rosaries have 59 prayer beads. These rosaries have 5 decades where a decade consists of a large bead to signal a new mystery and to recite the Our Father, followed by 10 small beads for reciting the Hail Mary.  A shorter strand has a crucifix, 3 small beads to recite the Hail Mary, and a large bead that connects to the rest of the rosary.

 

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