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Rosaries of Easter

14 Apr

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Easter, the greatest feast of the Catholic Church, celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Rosaries honoring this special day often have centers with symbols of the resurrection or a figure of the risen Christ and beads of pastel colors. Many have additional features on the crucifix in remembrance of the events of Holy Week, the days preceding Easter.

The rosary shown above has a center with the Risen Christ and beads in the colors of Easter.

The lily is the traditional flower of Easter because according to legend, lilies could seen growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s suffering on Good Friday. Lilies are reminders of hope and life after trials.

Each bead of the rosary shown below is formed in the shape of a lily.  The center medal shows the Risen Christ.

The rosary shown below has a color picture of the Risen Christ in the center medal.

Easter is a time to celebrate the beauty of the rosary.

To learn more about unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals read The Rosary Collector’s Guide. This hardcover, 152 page reference book, contains 240 color photographs of rosaries and related religious articles. Published by Schiffer Publishing, The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores and religious article stores.

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The Irish Penal Rosary: The Hidden Rosary

17 Mar

penal4  In the early 18th century, laws in Ireland kept  Catholics from practicing their religion openly.   Penal Laws of the day led Catholics to hide religious articles so that they would not be punished.   The Penal Rosary, a one decade rosary that could be hidden in a pocket or up a sleeve, was created for those wanted to pray the rosary secretly.

The Penal Rosary begins with a loop that slips around the thumb.   A capped Pater (Our Father) bead and  ten Ave (Hail Mary) beads  follow.    After the first decade of the rosary is said, the loop is moved to the first finger.  As each decade is completed, the loop is moved to the next finger.  The rosary is complete when five decades have been said.

penal3The Penal Crucifix contains symbols of the passion of Christ.   The jug shown near Christ’s right hand represents the chalice used at the Last Supper.  Instruments near Christ’s left hand symbolize cords used for binding.   The spear shown below  Christ’s right  side  represents the spear used at Calvary.  A ladder to Christ’s left refers to the act of crucifixion.

penal2The reverse of the Penal Crucifix contains additional symbols of the crucifixion.  The V shape in the middle represents three nails used for crucifixion.  The bird and container below it refer to the story that Judas betrayed Christ at the time of the crucifixion.

penal4The Penal Rosary is an appropriate form to use during the month of March.  It helps Catholics reflect upon the Crucifixion of Christ and recalls Irish heritage.

RosaryCollectorsGuideTo learn more about the history of the rosary, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  Published by Schiffer Publishing,  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is a 152 page hardcover reference book with more than 200 color photographs of rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals.  It helps collectors identify unique religious articles and explains their history.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Catholic Gifts, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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Travels with The Rosary Collector’s Guide

1 Jan

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Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, enjoy visiting book stores, schools, churches, and colleges to exhibit their collection of over 900 antique and unusual rosaries.   Guests at these events often bring rosaries and ask the authors to help them determine the age and origin of their treasures.

displaySome of the rosaries that raise the most questions are the unique Mexican lasso rosaries and the pullchain rosaries given to members of the military during World Wars I and II.

911rosary1 The 911 Remembrance Rosary made by Ghirelli evokes the most stirring responses.

booksigningmomnicoleIt is always interesting to hear stories of family rosaries and the journeys those rosaries have made. booksigningmom3booksigningcataniafamily

booksigningmomTo learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  The 152 page hardback book shows and describes rosaries ranging from the carved Boxwood rosary of England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  With over 240 color photorgraphs, The Rosary Collector’s Guide helps everyone identify rosaries and learn more about their history.

The Rosary Collector’s Guide is published by Schiffer Publishing and  is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store,  Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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Is This Old Rosary Valuable?

9 Oct

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Visitors to flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops often see rosaries and wonder about their resale value. How old is this rosary?   Is it a worthless tarnished article or a piece of history?

The best way to determine the age and value of a rosary is to examine the medal at the center.   Usually, the crucifix and center medal of a rosary are made of the same material.  If they are not, it is possible that someone tampered with the rosary and replaced some parts.  Rosaries made before 1880 did not have a center medal.  Sometimes rosaries without a center medal are the most valuable.

 

Rosaries can have a variety of center medals but the most popular is the Miraculous Medal.  Shoppers sometimes think that a rosary with a Miraculous Medal center engraved with the year 1830 was actually made in 1830.   Every Miraculous Medal, however, regardless of when it was made, is inscribed with the year 1830, the date on which it is believed that Mary, Mother of God, appeared to St. Catherine Laboure’.

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To find additional information on the value of antique and unusual rosaries, consult The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page reference book published by Schiffer Publishing contains price guides and over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Walmart.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other retailers.

 

The 9 / 11 Remembrance Rosary

11 Sep

911rosary1  In 2011,  Ghirelli, supplier of rosaries to the Vatican, created a rosary that could be used in services honoring the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.

 

911rosary2 Each bead of the rosary has the initials of one of the fifty states.  This signifies that the events of 9/11 touched all parts of the United States.  The reverse of each bead has a Miraculous Medal.

 

911rosary3The medal in the center shows Christ at the Twin Towers.

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911rosary6 The rosary’s cross resembles the cross which was found by firemen at the site of the 9/11 tragedy in lower Manhattan.   The firemen felt that the cross they found was a sign of hope so they kept it at the site during the main time of recovery.

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911rosary71The rosary begins and ends with beads representing USA.

 

 To learn more about unique and antique 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 over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  It answers the questions of antique lovers, collectors, students, and everyone who enjoys learning more about religious articles.  With rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis, The Rosary Collector’s Guide answers questions about the age and origin of rosaries.

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

Stores, churches, schools, and other organizations wishing to purchase multiple copies can contact Schiffer Publishing by phone at 610-593-1777 to discuss terms.

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The Job’s Tears Rosary of Mother Teresa

1 Sep

 On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Pope Francis  conducted the canonization mass in which Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood.

Pilgrims to Rome flocked to souvenir stands to buy rosaries honoring Mother Teresa.   Many of those rosaries were made of precious gems and elaborate medals.  While they may be beautiful, it is important to remember that Mother Teresa was a woman of simplicity.   Instead of using an elaborate rosary, Mother Teresa carried a rosary made of simple seeds, Job’s Tears, for her personal prayers.

The Job’s Tears Rosary is composed of natural materials, the tear dropped shaped fruit of the plant known by botanists as Coix lacryma-jobi.   Because this fruit has a hole at the tip, craftsmen often use it to string necklaces and bracelets.   Mother Teresa and the sisters of her order chose to make rosaries with  Job’s Tears.  teresa8teresa3

 

You can learn more about Job’s Tears Rosaries by reading The Rosary Collector’s Guide.  Pictures of these rosaries appear on page 136.

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The Rosary Collector’s Guide, the 152 page hardcover book by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, contains over 200 color photographs of antique and unusual rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  Published by Schiffer Publishing, the Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, the Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other religious article stores, book stores, and online sellers.

 

August 21: Rosaries Honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Knock

20 Aug

On August 21 of each year, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Knock.

The shamrock center medal symbolizes the role of Our Lady of Knock in the history of Ireland.

The shamrock center medal symbolizes the role of Our Lady of Knock in the history of Ireland.

One rainy night, August 21, 1879, two women reported seeing Mary, St. Joseph, and John the Evangelist standing against the back of a church in their small village of Knock, Ireland. They also saw an altar with a lamb and a cross on it. The women ran and told others and soon a total of 15 people, ranging in age from 6 to 75, were gathered at the church. All of the witnesses were questioned by the Archbishop of Tuam and a shrine was later established at the site.

The back of the Knock center medal says, "Our Lady of Knock Pray for Us". The back of the Celtic Crucifix says, "Erin".

The back of the Knock center medal says, “Our Lady of Knock Pray for Us”. The back of the Celtic Crucifix says, “Erin”.

The shamrock center medal says, "Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Pray for Us".

The shamrock center medal says, “Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Pray for Us”.

 

Rosaries and center medals have been designed to honor the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Most show Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and witnesses to the vision.

 

41rUas4idPL__SY346_ To learn more about unique and antique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover book, published by Schiffer Publishing, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, The Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.    With price guides and historical information, The Rosary Collector’s Guide answers the questions of collectors, historians, and anyone with an interest in religious articles.

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