The Ghirelli Year of Faith Rosary

18 Jan

Faith1 Catholics reflect upon the time period of October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013, which was known as the Year of Faith.  The theme was Open Wide the Door of Faith.  Catholics were asked to reflect upon the many ways in which they could open the door of faith to all.

Faith9The Year of Faith Rosary has crystal clear Bohemian glass Ave (Hail Mary) beads and yellow Pater  ( Our Father) beads.  These colors of yellow and white represent the Vatican colors and symbolize faith protected and preserved by the pope.

Faith3The front of the rosary’s crucifix shows the four Evangelists.

Faith4The reverse of the crucifix shows emblems of the four Evangelists in the corners.  Christ’s image as “Christ Pantocrator” is in the center.

Faith6The center medal of the rosary has an image representing the painting known as The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Italian artist Caravaggio.  It depicts the scene of St. Thomas questioning the resurrection of Christ.  This image was used on the rosary because it can be seen on the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican.  It symbolizes opening the doors of the Basilica of St. Peter and inviting everyone to share in the faith.

Faith8The reverse of the center has the words, ” Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen And Have Believed.  John 20:29. Year of Faith 2012-2013.”

Faith5The Year of Faith Rosary has a bar indicating the maker, Ghirelli.  The Ghirelli Rosary Company, established 1987, has designed rosaries for the Vatican.  Their rosaries are sold at shrines throughout the world including  Fatima and Knock.

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The Year of Faith Rosary contains symbols that represent the journey of faith.

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

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 schedule a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact the authors at rosarycollector@aol.com

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One Response to “The Ghirelli Year of Faith Rosary”

  1. Giovanna Lottes January 18, 2015 at 3:08 PM #

    Those are just gorgeous and such interesting background. I suppose that all of this information is in the book. I should really read it sometime instead of just looking at the pretty pictures.

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