2000 Jubilee Year Basilica Rosary

22 Nov

Basilica14When he was installed as pope in October 1979, John Paul II urged Catholics to, “Open wide the doors to Christ”.  Those words, spoken during the homily of his mass of installation, became the theme for the Jubilee Year 2000, celebrated by Catholic churches throughout the world.

Basilica1The 2000 Jubilee Year Basilica Rosary celebrates the events of 2000 and honors the basilicas of Rome.  The rosary has clear blue Ave beads ( Hail Mary beads).   Each Pater bead ( Our Father bead) shows one of the 4 major basilicas of Rome. The front of each Pater bead has an image of one of the basilicas and the reverse gives the name of the basilica.

Basilica3Basilica4Basilica St. Peter

Basilica6Basilica5Basilica St. Mary Major

Basilica7Basilica8Basilica St. John Lateran

Basilica9Basilica10Basilica St. Paul

The 2000 Jubilee Year Rosary begins with a crucifix that represents the Holy Trinity.  Symbols for God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son, can be seen.

Basilica2Basilica12The reverse of the crucifix honors the Jubilee Year with the words, “Annus Domini 2000”.   ( Year of Our Lord 2000).


RosaryCollectorsGuideTo learn more about unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover book has 240 color photographs.  Available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other religious article stores, The Rosary Collector’s Guide gives historical background on each religious article.

Rosemont1Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner are often able to bring their rosary collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations.  To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com




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