The use of beads to number one’s prayers is one of the oldest forms of devotion. It is most ancient, both among Christians and among pagans. It is commonly admitted, however, that the Christian practice became popular around the time of Saint Dominic, who, at the inspiration of the Mother of God, introduced and propagated the Rosary.
The Church since has approved a large number of different beads. Most of them were introduced and fostered among the faithful by various religious orders, in order to spread their particular devotions. Thus, the Servites have the Sevens Dolor Beads, the Cozier Fathers have the Crozier Beads, the Brigittines have the Brigittine Beads. In the same way, we have the Chaplet of the Five Wounds, as a means to promote devotion to the Passion of Christ in the hearts of the faithful. The Five Wound Beads has been approved, directly and indirectly, by several Popes, and has been enriched with special indulgences.
Making the rosary a family prayer is very pleasing to me. I ask that all families strive to do so. But be careful to say the Rosary with great devotion, meditating on each mystery and striving to imitate in your daily lives the virtues depicted. Live the mysteries of the rosary as I lived them, and it will become a chain binding you to me forever. They who are found in the circle of my rosary will never be lost. I myself will lead them at death to the throne of my Son, to be eternally united to Him.