The Wall Rosary

14 Jun

wall 5  Some Catholics seek small rosaries that fit in a wallet or pocket.  Others look for large rosaries to display in a home, school, or church.  Wall Rosaries are typically 64 inches long when displayed in their full length.

wall 5Since Medieval days, wall rosaries have been in the background of portraits of saints and churches.  Today wall rosaries are mass produced and sold at shrines and in religious article stores.

wall 4The wall rosary shown has ceramic beads, crucifix, and center medal.  This crucifix has a modern style.

wall 3The center of the wall rosary shows the Madonna and Child.

wall 2The four-sided beads of the wall rosary are carved with detail.  Two of the sides have a carved image of Mary, the Blessed Mother.

wall The alternate sides show Christ with a crown of thorns.

wall 5 Wall rosaries are helpful when teaching large groups to pray the rosary.  Hanging on a wall, these religious articles are also reminders of prayer.

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book, published by Schiffer Publishing, has 240 color photographs of rosaries, center medals, crucifixes, and crosses.  It give background information on rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those bearing the image of Pope Francis.

The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store, and other religious article stores, book stores, and online sellers.

Rosemont1Dr. Helen Hoffner and Gloria Hoffner Brady, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, welcome your comments and questions at

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One Response to “The Wall Rosary”

  1. Mary June 14, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

    Last night, I was looking online and stumbled on “Treasures of the Church.” This is a group that travels with 150 Relics of Saints. I would love to see that! Take a look online and hopefully this group will come near us. If you learn about a local visit, please let me know. Mary


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