Snapshot of a beautiful transparent purple bag with a pearl-like rosary inside. It belongs to my wife. She uses it for her daily prayers. We practice the Roman Catholic religion. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

The government of Panama does not collect statistics on the religious affiliation of citizens, but various sources estimate that 75 to 85 percent of the population identifies itself as Roman Catholic and 15–25 percent as evangelical Christian.

Using a rosary is normal practice for Roman Catholics devotees.  A rosary is a string of beads for keeping count while praying. In the Roman Catholic Church it is a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated, each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory B. Good Day.

2 thoughts on “Prayers”

  1. A friend’s mother had the most beautiful rosary when I was a child. It had crystal beads that sparked and shined. We never dared touch it, but we looked at it a lot. (We were too young to really appreciate its meaning for her.)

    You’ve reminded me of another idiom: “to tell one’s beads” as an expression for praying the rosary. Do you have a similar expression?

  2. Nope, Linda. This is the first time I’ve heard this idiom. Another one for the collection. Thank you for helping me understand the English language.

    I don’t think we have that expression in Spanish.

    Best Regards,


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