The Vatican Just Launched a $110 eRosary. It’s Like a Smartwatch, But Holy

Our Father, who art in iCloud.

Jesus just went digital.

The Vatican has announced the launch of its new digital device: the Click to Pray eRosary.” The smart device is similar to a smartwatch, only it’s synchronized with the Click to Pray eRosary app, and together, the device and the app are meant to help Catholics learn how to pray.

You could say it’s trying to make digital disciples out of the younger generations.

Like a normal rosary, the eRosary is worn as a bracelet. It’s composed of ten black agate and hematite rosary beads, and a smart cross, which stores all the data connected to the app. Meanwhile, the app includes an audio guide, exclusive images, and personalized content about praying the rosary.

And get this: You activate the smart bracelet by making the sign of the cross.

Photo by ACER.

"When activated, the user has the possibility to choose either to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative Rosary and different kinds of thematic rosaries that will be updated every year," the Vatican News said.

Once you start praying, the smart rosary will track your progress on all twelve mysteries and tell you when you’re not done. We’re still not sure if this comes with an alarm, but if it does, we’re kind of screwed.

Seriously, when was the last time any of us prayed the rosary? Or even just one of the mysteries? Maybe the device will have the lot of us making up for lost time and contacting the Creator—via mobile.

Photo by ACER.

All jokes aside, the gadget is a modern way to promote prayer and spirituality in this age of tech. And it’s not the first time the Vatican has ventured into modernizing its institution. The Pope already has his own Instagram, and the Vatican has been using Telegram to send Gospel verses during Lent.

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The brainchild of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the project was initiated in an effort to mobilize Catholics through prayer and action, both online and offline.  

The Vatican has their work cut out for them. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Will this be the most downloaded app of all time? Only time will tell how well this device will be received by the public.

Until then, we don't recommend getting your eRosary wet—even with holy water.

The eRosary costs €99, which is approximately $110 or P5,647.01. Naturally.

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