Lenten Rosaries

19 Feb

The Seven Dolors Rosary

With the approach of Lent, we reflect on the Passion and Suffering of Christ.  This is just one of many rosaries with that theme.  This rosary is also called The Seven Sorrows of Mary or the Servite Rosary,  and reminds us of  the sorrow of Mary witnessing Her Son’s crucifixion.   This rosary originated in the 13th century
The rosary consists of seven groups of seven beads, divided by medals depicting each of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, with a pendant of three additional beads and a Mater Dolorosa medal.   The Hail Mary is said on each of the beads, with an Our Father before every seven Hail Mary’s, and three Hail Mary’s at the beginning.
The Seven Sorrows of Mary are:
1 –  The Prophecy of Simon
2 –  The Flight into Egypt
3.   The loss of the Child  Jesus in the Temple
4 –  Mary Meets Jesus Carrying His Cross
5 –  The Crucifixion
6 –  Mary Receives the Body of Jesus from the Cross
7 – The body of Jesus is placed in the Tomb

To learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  Published by Schiffer Publishing, The Rosary Collector’s Guide contains over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals 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, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sites.

Reference:  http://www.the grotto.org/rosary_of_the_seven_sorrows.htm  retreived February 2, 2009
If you have questions concerning unique rosaries, please contact us by e-mail at rosarycollector@aol.com

The Rosary Collector’s Guide authors, Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, are often able to bring their extensive collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations  in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware.  If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com


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