San Damiano Crucifix and Rosaries Honoring St. Francis

28 Sep

Damiano2

A distinctive crucifix sets the tone for a rosary. The San Damiano Crucifix is known as an icon crucifix because it has pictures of people who influenced the history of the Catholic Church. The central figure is Christ.
Damiano1

In addition to Jesus Christ, the San Damiano Crucifix also has pictures of:
1) Mary, Mother of Christ
2) Joseph, Husband of Mary
3) Mary Magdalen
4) Mary, Mother of James
5) The Centurion Who Declared His Faith in Jesus
6) The Roman Soldier Who Pierced the Side of Jesus
7) The Soldier Who Offered Jesus a Sponge Soaked in Vinegar
8) A Small Rooster ( Symbol of St. Peter’s Denial of Jesus)
9) Jesus Ascending to God,the Father

According to legend, St. Francis prayed before this crucifix in the chapel of San Damiano when God told him to rebuild the chapel.

Damiano3

The rosary shown above honors St. Francis. It begins with the San Damiano Crucifix as a tribute to this saint.
Damiano6

The front shows a traditional San Damiano Crucifix.
Damiano5

The reverse of the rosary’s crucifix has part of the prayer of St. Francis.
Damiano7

The prayer of St. Francis is continued on each of the Pater Beads (Our Father Beads) of the rosary.

Damiano6

The reverse of each Pater Bead has a picture of St. Francis.

Damiano4

The center medal of the rosary shows St. Francis.

Damiano8

The rosary shown is a five decade rosary honoring St. Francis. It should not be confused with the Franciscan Crown Chaplet which has seven decades.

RosaryCollectorsGuide

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 240 color photographs of rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals. It is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other online sellers and book stores.

Drexel

The Rosary Collector’s Guide authors, Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, give presentations for church groups, school groups, and community organizations. If you would like to arrange a presentation or if you have a question about rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com
10301211_733734813314298_4841132127016878316_n

10313384_733734689980977_2359107006421927803_n

display

Advertisements

3 Responses to “San Damiano Crucifix and Rosaries Honoring St. Francis”

  1. Giovanna Lottes September 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM #

    Very interesting

    Rosary Collector wrote: > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ WordPress.com rosarycollector posted: ” A distinctive crucifix sets the tone for a rosary. The San Damiano Crucifix is known as an icon crucifix because it has pictures of people who influenced the history of the Catholic Church. The central figure is Christ. In addition to Jesus Chr”

    Like

    • rosarycollector September 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM #

      Yes, one of the most beautiful examples of a San Damiano Crucifix can be seen at the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania. There will be a rosary exhibit there on October 4, 2014.

      Like

  2. Stephan Peters October 6, 2014 at 2:35 AM #

    This is the rosary I use. I am very fond of it.
    I keep it in a round carved Russian birch box with icon of Mary and the child Jesus on the lid. It may not be intentional but Mary looks like she has stigmata in the carving. It makes me remember the sorrows of Mary.
    I use the lid as rosary when I’m driving, it has ten thumb-sized spots along the edge.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: