WWI Battle Rosary – Saint Michael


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Because nothing says “the rosary is the weapon for these times” like the rosary issued to U.S. servicemen during both World Wars.


From the beginning, Our Lady’s Armory has sought to provide faithful Catholics – especially Catholic men – with sturdy, well-made rosaries that speak to the beauty and integrity of our Catholic faith. We started with the Saint Joseph rosary, and then the “Memento Mori” skull rosary. Lately, we’ve started producing 550-paracord rosaries. We’ve even made heavy hematite Saint Michael rosaries and dozens of custom orders. But there was still one more style we wanted to provide… a replica of the rosary commissioned by the U.S. Government in 1916 and issued to servicemen during WWI and WWII.

This rosary is like nothing else in our shop. With silver-plated brass beads manufactured on an industrial scale right here in the USA, then hand-assembled and joined with sturdy split rings to Italian oxidized-silver Saint Michael medals and 3-way Pardon Crucifixes, it truly is a unique and durable rosary. Unfortunately, industrial manufacturing methods mean the minimum order for our supplies was too costly to offer this rosary when Our Lady’s Armory first opened. But as we’ve built our little Armory up over the last year and a half, we’ve finally found ourselves in a position to afford a “first edition” limited run of 100 WWI Battle Rosaries, with more planned if this initial run goes well.

Included with your purchase of this rosary will be a small drawstring pouch and a pair of Armory business cards (one for you and one for a friend), packaged safe and secure in a blue poly bubble envelope.

Order your Battle Rosary today. Because nothing says Padre Pio’s famous quote, “the rosary is the weapon for these times,” like the rosary issued to U.S. servicemen during both World Wars.

**CUSTOMIZATION AVAILABLE. Please ask us about other centers and crucifixes we can build into this rosary.

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In 2015, I purchased an engagement ring and planned to propose to Elizabeth on July 2, the (old calendar) Feast of the Visitation. But I knew an engagement ring wasn’t enough; I had to have something even more personal, authentic, and significant than that. So, I decided to make her a rosary. This was a multi-week effort for me to track down tutorials online, talk to other rosary artisans I had discovered through Twitter and Etsy, design my rosary, source the materials, practice using the tools, and finally build this beaded work of art. And…she absolutely loves it. (She said yes, by the way–and we married on January 9th, 2016.)

While planning our wedding, Elizabeth and I decided that we want to continue making rosaries together, as a way to further encourage prayer within our relationship and for our families and friends. We see this ministry as an opportunity to reach even more people through prayer and to participate in our own way in the mission of winning hearts for Christ and His Church.

We invite you to browse our selection at Our Lady’s Armory–a selection which will continue to grow over time. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to talk about a new design; we’d love to help make your vision a reality! We believe that beauty and integrity are two ways of coming to know God more intimately, so we take deep pride in our work and hope that it will encourage you in your faith. Should you decide to purchase from us, know that we are grateful for your support as we grow closer to God and to one another in marriage!

In Christ,
Nicholas and Elizabeth

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Within United States (US) $4.00

Shipping Policy

Flat-rate USPS First-Class shipping on all products: $4.00. Orders over $75.00 will ship via USPS First-Class for FREE. Please contact us directly to request upgrades to Priority or Priority Express. We guarantee that your order will ship within two weeks or less. Please communicate with us prior to placing your order if you would like to place a rush. A rush is available on all orders, but custom orders (i.e., those not listed as one of our "standard" designs) will generally take at least 1-3 additional days of processing time. Note that placing a rush on custom orders may incur an additional fee. Items marked as "ADD-ON" options incur no additional shipping cost, but will NOT ship by themselves. If you have placed an order for an ADD-ON ITEM without ordering a rosary, your order will be canceled and your payment will be refunded. **If you are an international buyer, please contact us directly to make shipping arrangements prior to placing your order.**

Return Policy

All our rosaries are guaranteed for a lifetime of normal prayer. Should your rosary come apart, we can either offer simple instructions for rejoining the links, or we can process repairs ourselves. Domestic customers will be responsible for a fee of $7, which will cover shipment of the rosary both ways and any simple repairs that need done. International repairs will incur an additional fee for shipping. In the event of broken or missing parts, the customer will be responsible for the cost of those parts.