The ground is sacred because our father is buried here.
This has been translated into English under the title of The testament of Ignatius Loyola, being sundry acts of our Father Ignatius, under God, the first founder of the Society of Jesus, taken down from the Saint's own lips by Luis Gonzales (London, 1900); and the above account of Ignatius is taken in most places directly from this, which is not only the best of all sources but also a valuable corrective of the later and more imaginative works.
In August 1344 he left the Maldives for Ceylon; here he made the pilgrimage to the "Footmark of our Father Adam."
Let us manifest our love, by being often with him at the throne of grace, with our Father which is in heaven.
This short string is then attached to a loop of five "decades", or groups of ten beads representing ten Hail Mary prayers, each separated by a single bead for an Our Father prayer.