The Mission Rosary is different from a traditional rosary because it is made up of five different colours. Each colour represents a different continent in the world and it helps us to pray for children in that continent.
Africa is represented by the green decade which stands for the forests and grasslands there.
The Americas are red representing the fire of faith.
Europe is white because it is the home of the Holy Father in Rome.
Oceania is shown in blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
Asia is represented in yellow as a symbol of the sun rising in the East.
The World Mission Rosary was envisioned by Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, then tthe national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, in 1951. He made the request on a radio show that his listeners “Embrace the world in prayer.” To do so he introduced this Rosary.