Advent Rosaries

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Advent, derived from Latin words meaning “To Come”, marks the season in which we wait for the arrival of the Christ Child.     The Advent season begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30 and ends on December 24.  While most homes and schools are decorated with Christmas colors of  red and green, Catholic Churches don purple, the color of Advent.

advent12 Purple is the traditional color of Advent.  Purple is used because it represents royalty and Advent marks the coming of the King.  The Advent Rosary has 5 decades.  The colors of each decade represent the weeks of Advent.  The first two decades have purple beads to represent hope and peace.  The third decade has white beads to symbolize the birth of Jesus. The fourth decade is rose colored to represent Mary’s joy.  The fifth decade is purple as a sign of love.

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The crucifix of the Advent rosary has a purple background to celebrate Christ, the King.

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The center medal shows Mary and the Baby Jesus.

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The reverse of the center medal has the Advent prayer, “O come, O come, Emmanuel”.

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The Advent Rosary is a reminder of the promises of the season.

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To learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover book published by Schiffer Publishing has 240 color photographs of rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals.  It is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other online sellers, book stores, and religious article stores.

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Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, are often able to bring their collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations.  To arrange a presentation in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, or Delaware, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com

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2 Responses to “Advent Rosaries”

  1. Giovanna Lottes December 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM #

    Where do you find all this information. I am quite impressed.

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    • rosarycollector December 8, 2014 at 2:58 AM #

      Recently I had an opportunity to tour St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I spoke with a professor of church history and with several seminarians. I learned a great deal during that visit.

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