August 26: The Birthday of St. Teresa of Calcutta

25 Aug

August 26 is the birthday of St. Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa.

On September 4, 2016, Pope Francis elevated Mother Teresa of Calcutta to sainthood.  A few months later on May 13, 2017, the Pope canonized Jacinta, one of the children who saw the Blessed Mother Mary at Fatima.  What do Jacinta and Mother Teresa have in common?   They were born in the same year and could have worked together to spread Mary’s message.  Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia.  Jacinta was born in Portugal on March 11, 1910.

Mother Teresa passed away at the age of 87 while Jacinta lived only to the age of 11.   Consequently, the world remembers Mother Teresa as an elderly nun who served the poorest of the poor while  Jacinta is thought of as a child.

Both Mother Teresa and Jacinta were devoted to the rosary.

Rosaries Honoring St. Jacinta of Fatima

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The rosary shown above has an image of Jacinta on one of the Pater beads (Our Father beads).  The center has an image of Mary that is based on a description given by another child of Fatima, Jacinta’s older cousin Lucia.

Rosaries Honoring St. Teresa of Calcutta

The rosary shown above was made by the Ghirelli Company in remembrance of the canonization of Mother Teresa.  It has blue and white beads to honor the colors of the  Missionaries of Charity, the order that Mother Teresa founded.  Mother Teresa is shown on the center medal.

The reverse of the center medal and crucifix carry some of Mother Tersea’s favorite sayings, ” It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do” and ” A little pencil in the hand of God”.

While many rosaries of beautiful beads have been made to honor Mother Teresa, she carried a very simple rosary made of Job’s Tears.

The Job’s Tears Rosary is composed of natural materials, the tear dropped shaped fruit of the plant known by botanists as Coix lacryma-jobi.   Because this fruit has a hole at the tip, craftsmen often use it to string necklaces and bracelets.   Mother Teresa and the sisters of her order chose to make rosaries with  Job’s Tears.

  

The work of Jacinta of Fatima and Teresa of Calcutta have inspired many rosaries.

 

 

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Learn more about traditions in the Catholic Church by reading Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Helen Hoffner.    Why do Catholics pray to St. Anthony when something is lost?  Who started the practice of burying a statue of St. Joseph to sell a home?  Why do Trappist monasteries make and sell beer?  Why are some statues called Bathtub Madonnas?   You’ll find the answers to these and other questions about Catholicism in this new book published by Sophia Institute Press.  To order visit http://www.SophiaInstitute.com or call (800) 888-9344.

To learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from the Boxwood rosary of England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

 

 

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RCIA Class Textbook: Catholic Traditions & Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

17 Aug

Fall is the time when many Catholic Parishes begin RCIA programs ( Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). RCIA programs answer the questions of adults who are considering becoming Catholic.
I’m pleased that, Catholic Traditions & Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, is now being used to guide discussions in RICA classes.

Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia is available from Sophia Institute Press.   To order, call 1-800-888-9344 or email orders@SophiaInstitute.com

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Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia answers the questions of new converts as well as cradle Catholics.   Why pray to St. Anthony when something is lost?  Why keep a St. Christopher medal in your car?  Why bury a statue of St. Joseph if you wish to sell your house?   The origins of these traditions are explained in this book.

Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia addresses topics such as:

Novenas * Penance * Prayers for the Dead * First Fridays*  Votive Candles * Medals * Bathtub Madonnas * Holy Cards * Crucifixes * House Blessings * Prayer Corners * Advent Calendars * Vestments * Icons * Divine Mercy * Holy Days * The Liturgical Year * Religious Orders * The Holy See *  The Roman Curia* The Divine Office * Holy Oils * Genuflecting * Relics * Stations of the Cross * The Sacraments * The Angelus* Litanies * Patron Saints

and more to acquaint everyone with the traditions and treasures of the Catholic Faith.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor: Help for Hurricane Victims

13 Jul

The Blessed Mother Mary has many titles such as Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady, Help of Martyrs.  As Hurricane Barry threatens the state of Louisiana this week, we are reminded of Mary’s title as Our Lady of Prompt Succor.  The term prompt succor refers to quick help in time of need.   Calling Mary Our Lady of Prompt Succor means that Mary will help us during emergencies.  Our Lady of Prompt Succor is the patron of hurricane victims.

In the 1800s, a group of nuns established a convent in New Orleans, Louisiana.  When fire erupted near-by, they prayed to Mary that their convent would be spared from the flames.  As they prayed, the wind shifted direction and sent the flames away from the convent. The nuns gave thanks to Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Because New Orleans is often in the path of hurricanes, Catholics in the area continue to pray to Mary when they fear excessive rainstorms and winds.  Prayers to Our Lady of Prompt Succor can be found on the website of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Prayer for Protection against Storms and Hurricanes

Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this Hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  *

*Archdiocese of New Orleans, “Prayers for Hurricane Season”, https://nolacatholic.org/news/prayers-for-hurricane-season

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To learn more about other titles for the Blessed Mother Mary, read Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Helen Hoffner.   This hardcover book published by Sophia Institute Press explains the origin of titles such as Our Lady of La Vang and Our Lady of Czestochowa.  Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia is available from Sophia Institute Press, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Company,  Leaflet Missal, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

 

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To learn more about unique rosaries, read, The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This hardcover full color illustrated book has over 200 photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  It shows rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, The Catholic Faith Store, Amazon,  the Elizabeth Seton Shrine Gift Shop, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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Military Rosaries: The Soldier’s Pullchain

24 May

This rosary kit was given to American soldiers during World War II.
Throughout history, members of the military have carried rosary beads to sites of conflict.
The Soldier's Pullchain Rosary

The Soldier’s Pullchain Rosary is highly valued by antique collectors. The first rosaries of this type were made in 1916 and were issued to military chaplains for distribution to members of the United States Armed Services during World War I. They were called Pullchain rosaries because the links resemble the pullchains used on lamps during that time period. The rosaries were thought to be strong enough to survive rough treatment on the battlefield.

World War II Soldier's Packet

During World War II, American soldiers were given khaki belt bags containing a prayer book and a rosary.

Men and women of the military carried small, one decade rosary rings in their pockets during times of war. Each Rosary Ring had a single decade of ten projections on which soldiers could pray Hail Marys. Although popular with military personnel, rosary rings originated in the 13th century and became very popular in the 16th century when those fearing religious persecution did not want to be seen with a full rosary.
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The Rosary Ring shown below has the words of the Hail Mary on the front. The reverse shows that it was made as a reminder of the Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois.

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To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. This 152 page, hardcover reference book helps antique collectors and historians identify unique religious articles. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at the Catholic Faith Store,  Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and other religious article stores, book stores, and online vendors.

Have you ever wondered who started the traditions of burying a statue of St. Joseph to sell a house?  Why do we pray to St. Anthony when something is lost?  Why do Trappist monasteries sell beer?  For answers to these questions as well as other Catholic traditions , read Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Dr. Helen Hoffner.  Published by Sophia Institute Press, Catholic Traditions and Treasures explains the reasons behind many Catholic practices.   The hardcover, full color books is available at the Catholic Company,  Leaflet Missal, Barnes and Noble, Sophia Institute Press, and other book stores and religious article stores.

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13 May

May 13, 1917: The First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima / The Ghirelli Commemorative Rosary

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    May 13, 2019 marks the 102nd Anniversary of the day on which Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared to three children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, in Fatima, Portugal.   On that day, Mary told the children to return to the same place on the 13th of each month.  The children did as they were told and saw Mary every month from May 1917 to October 1917.

The Ghirelli Company, supplier of religious articles to the Vatican, made a rosary to commemorate the apparitions of Fatima.

 The crucifix of this 100th anniversary rosary shows the Basilica and the Colonnade, the shrine that now marks the place of the Apparitions.  The three  children are shown walking toward the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 The reverse of the crucifix has the anniversary dates, 1917-2017, and the words that Mary said to the children, ” My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead to God”.

 The center medal has an image of Mary and a Crown of Thorns in the shape of the Immaculate Heart.

  The reverse of the center medal has the words, ” In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”.

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In 1947, Jose Thedim received a commission to create a statute to commemorate Mary’s appearance to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. The sculptor based his art on a description he received directly from Lucia, who in 1947 was a nun living in a convent in central Portugal.  (Francisco and Jacinta died in childhood during a  flu epidemic.)   The statue is remarkable in that it is the only artistic representation of Mary that is based on a description from someone who actually saw her.

This representation of Mary wearing a white gown is often called Our Lady of the Rosary because that is the title Mary used when the children asked for her name.

 

To learn more about rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and medals read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 hardcover reference book, published by Schiffer Publishing, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries ranging from the Boxwood Rosary of England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.

The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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To learn more about Our Lady of Fatima as well as the many traditions of the Catholic Church, read, Catholic Traditions & Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Dr. Helen Hoffner.  Published by Sophia Institute Press, Catholic Traditions & Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, gives the history behind traditions such as praying to St. Anthony when an object is lost and burying a statue of St. Joseph to sell a home quickly.  This book is available at the Catholic Company, Leaflet Missal, Barnes and Noble, and other book stores, religious article stores, and Internet sites

 

Easter Rosaries

20 Apr

 

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Easter, the greatest feast of the Catholic Church, celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Rosaries honoring this special day often have centers with symbols of the resurrection or a figure of the risen Christ and beads of pastel colors. Many have additional features on the crucifix in remembrance of the events of Holy Week, the days preceding Easter.

The rosary shown above has a center with the Risen Christ and beads in the colors of Easter.

The lily is the traditional flower of Easter because according to legend, lilies could seen growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s suffering on Good Friday. Lilies are reminders of hope and life after trials.

Each bead of the rosary shown below is formed in the shape of a lily.  The center medal shows the Risen Christ.

The rosary shown below has a color picture of the Risen Christ in the center medal.

Easter is a time to celebrate the beauty of the rosary.

To learn more about unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals read The Rosary Collector’s Guide. This hardcover, 152 page reference book, contains 240 color photographs of rosaries and related religious articles. Published by Schiffer Publishing, The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores and religious article stores.

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Why do we bury statues of St. Joseph to sell a house?  Why do we pray to St. Anthony when something is lost?  Catholic Traditions & Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, a new book by Helen Hoffner, explains the origins of these customs.  In these pages you will learn that these customs are not superstitions but practices that were first used by the saints.  Catholic Traditions & Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Walmart.com, the Catholic Company, and other bookstores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

 

Rosary in Honor of Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

16 Apr

As the world stops to remember the splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Rosary Collectors would like to show you the cathedral’s commemorative rosary.

NotreDame The Notre Dame de Paris Rosary has features that reminds pilgrims of their trip to this historic cathedral.

NotreDame2 The rosary has a crucifix reminiscent of the Pieta.  This crucifix is a replica of that which is on the main altar of the Cathedral of  Notre Dame.

NotreDame3 The rosary center mirrors the design on the entrance door of the  Cathedral of Notre Dame.  It shows Mary and the Child Jesus.  The words, “NOTRE DAME DE PARIS” , are engraved at the bottom.

NotreDame4  The Pater Beads ( Our Father Beads) have designs on each side.  One side shows Mary and the Child Jesus.

NotreDame5  The reverse shows the Rose Window of the cathedral.

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The Notre Dame de Paris Rosary is made by the Ghirelli Company of Italy.  The Ghirelli Company is known as the designer of rosary collections for the Vatican Museums, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the International Shrine of Fatima.

 

 To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is a 152 page hardcover reference book with over 200 color photographs of rosaries, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes.  It contains information on rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those bearing the image of Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

 

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The Rose Windows of the Cathedral of Notre Dame is featured on page 101 of a new book, Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Helen Hoffner.  Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia explains the origins of customs such as praying to St. Anthony when something is lost and burying a statue of St. Joseph to sell a home.  Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, published by Sophia Institute Press, is available at Barnes and Noble, The Catholic Company, The Nuns’ Gift Shop, Sophia Institute Press, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

 

Hoffner Rosary Book Photo If you have questions or comments, please contact the authors, Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, at rosarycollector@aol.com

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