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First Holy Communion Rosaries, Prayer Books, and Cake Toppers

30 Apr

 

Do you remember the day you received your First Holy Communion?  Today most Catholics  receive their First Holy Communion as children, usually at age 7 or 8.  Before 1910, however, Catholics were not permitted to receive Holy Communion until they had reached age 14.    On August 15, 1910, Pope Pius X issued a decree re-establishing Quam Singulari, an ancient church law on first communion. This decree lowered the reception of communion from age fourteen to age seven, an age at which the church felt children understood right from wrong.

 

Families often celebrate a child’s First Communion Day with a party and a special cake.  The classic cake topper shown above was first made in 1959 by Hartland Plastics. It was six inches tall and was available in retail stores as well as catalogs including Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and J.C. Penney.  Customers could purchase a cake topper with a girl or a boy.  The design has remained popular although it is outdated.    When it was created in 1959, most Catholics received communion by kneeling at an altar rail like the little girl shown.  After the 1960s reforms of Vatican II, however, it has become more common for Catholics to stand when receiving communion.  The cake topper had a certificate on the bottom so that the family could record the child’s name as well as the date and the church in which First Holy Communion was received.

 

  Many churches award certificates to each child who makes First Holy Communion.

  A rosary and prayer book is the traditional gift at First Communion.  Many of the early prayer books contained a pocket to hold the rosary.  Traditionally, girls receive a white or pink rosary and boys receive a black or blue rosary.

Gloria Brady made her First Holy Communion in St. Barnabas Church in Philadelphia in 1934.   She received a rosary that day and became so fascinated with it that she began to collect rosaries.    In 2014, she collaborated with her daughter, Helen Hoffner, to write The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover book that explains the many variations of the rosary approved by the Catholic Church.

 

    

Now Gloria Brady Hoffner exhibits her collection and discusses her research with those who share her interest in the rosary.

 

   The Rosary Collector’s Guide, published by Schiffer Publishing, is available in Barnes and Noble, Amazon, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.  The book has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from the Boxwood Rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.

 

Going Dancing with the Stars? Take Your Rosary !

1 Apr

 When Olympic gymnast Simone Biles traveled to Los Angeles to compete in Dancing with the Stars  did she bring along her gold medals?  Probably not, but it is highly likely that she brought her rosary.   During her years of competing in national and international events,  the talented gymnast always carried her rosary in her duffel bag.  She told US Weekly, “My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary at church. I don’t use it to pray before a competition. I’ll just pray normally to myself, but I have it there in case.” *

Gold medals are great souvenirs but a rosary is essential.  When you see Simone on the dance floor, know that her rosary is with her.

To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  With over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, this 152 page hardcover book published by Schiffer Publishing will answer your questions about the rosary’s history.  From the boxwood rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis, this book will show you unique rosaries throughout history.

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

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Reference: Sprunk, Cara. World Champion Gymnast, Olympic Hopeful Simone Biles: What’s In My Bag?

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Rosary for a Snowy Day

14 Mar

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A winter snowstorm has hit many parts of the United States.  Have you ever experienced a summer snowstorm?

According to legend, a summer snowstorm occurred in Italy in 352 A.D.    On the night of August 4,  a wealthy couple prayed to Mary, Our Lady, because they wanted a child to make them a family.   That night, Mary appeared to them in a dream and instructed them to build a church in her honor on the Esquiline Hill.  Mary said that the site for the new church would soon be outlined in snow.   On the same night, Mary also appeared to Pope Liberius and announced the coming of a miraculous summer snowfall.  When residents awoke on August 5, they found the Esquiline Hill covered in snow.  The outline of a church could be seen in the snow.  Less than two years later, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was built on that site.   In honor of that summer snowfall,  Mary is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of the Snows.

 

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The rosary shown here has clear blue beads and a center medal honoring Our Lady of the Snows.    In place of Pater Beads, it has medals honoring additional titles for Mary including Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Lourdes. and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.   Rosary makers have created many rosaries to commemorate the miraculous summer snowfall.  Some have bubble beads with images of Mary while others have unique pater beads.

 

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide.  This 152 page hardcover book has over 240 color photographs of unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available in Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store online, and other bookstores.  For more information contact Schiffer Publishing by phone at (610) 593-1777 or online at http://www.schifferbooks.com

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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.

 

Exhibits to Honor the Month of the Holy Rosary

5 Oct

helenpiochurchst  For Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, the month of the Holy Rosary began with a visit to the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania.  On October 1, they were proud to bring their collection of 900 rosaries to share with those who had come on bus trips.  The authors explained variations such as the Mexican Wedding Lasso Rosary, the Stations of the Cross Rosary, and the job’s tears rosaries carried by Mother Teresa.  Visitors were especially interested in seeing the soldier’s pullchain rosaries that were carried during World War I.

This rosary kit was given to American soldiers during World War II.

 

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Visitors enjoyed seeing the rosaries which honored many popes.

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The variety of the exhibit enabled everyone to find a rosary which held personal interest.

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To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide.

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With over 240 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, The Rosary Collector’s Guide explains the history and legends associated with these religious articles.  It has a price guide to help collectors learn the monetary value of each item.

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

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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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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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