Rosary Boxes with Miniature Rosaries

19 Apr

box2In the 1940s, American Catholic churches often held  missions during which visiting priests came to discuss special topics.  Sometimes these missions  highlighted the work of the Catholic church in countries with a high degree of poverty.  To raise funds, the missionary priests sometimes sold small rosary boxes to those in attendance.

box3A typical missionary rosary box was  two inches long by one inch wide.  The rosary box shown has an image of Christ with the Crown of Thorns.  Popular themes for rosary boxes were the Sacred Heart, Mary, the popes, or saints.

box4The box opened to reveal a miniature five decade rosary.

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box6The miniature rosaries inside the  boxes often had beads which were as small as the head of a pin.  The rosary box shown has an image of St. Bernadette and the Blessed Mother at Lourdes.

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box10This rosary box shown has a Mother of Pearl base.  There is a Miraculous Medal on the front.

box2 Rosary boxes provided a unique way to treasure a rosary and remember the words of missionary priests.

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

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 or ask a question about religious articles, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com

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One Response to “Rosary Boxes with Miniature Rosaries”

  1. Giovanna Lottes April 19, 2015 at 2:12 PM #

    I love the little rosary boxes.

    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: “In the 1940s, American Catholic churches often held  missions during which visiting priests came to discuss special topics.  Sometimes these missions  highlighted the work of the Catholic church in countries with a high degree of poverty.  To raise funds,”

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