Relic Rosary of St. Gemma Galgani

3 May


A relic rosary is one in which the center medal contains a piece of cloth or another artifact that has touched a holy place or the clothing of a saint.  The Relic Rosary of St. Gemma Galgani contains such an artifact of this saint.

St. Gemma Galgani lived in Italy from 1878 to 1903.  She endured many illnesses throughout her life yet she always tried to serve her family and neighbors.  She had a strong faith and was said to have received the stigmata on her hands and feet as a sign of her devotion.  Many have called her “The Gem of Christ”.  Gemma Galgani was canonized in 1940.


gg2The rosary has a locket center medal.  The front of the locket center medal has a miraculous medal.

gg3The locket opens to show a picture of St. Gemma Galgani on one side and the relic on the opposite side.



RosaryCollectorsGuideTo learn more about rosaries read, The Rosary Collector’s Guide, by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover book has over 200 color photographs of antique and new rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals.  It provides history and background information on religious articles.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide, published by Schiffer Publishing , is available on Barnes and,, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

PadrePio28Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen 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 to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at




2 Responses to “Relic Rosary of St. Gemma Galgani”

  1. Giovanna Lottes May 4, 2015 at 12:50 PM #

    I never heard of this saint. I learn so much from your postings.



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