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Rosaries of the United States : A July 4 Celebration

2 Jul

Independence Day, July 4, is a time when Americans can show their love for their country with their rosaries.

 

 

Metal rosaries were given to soldiers during World Wars I and II.  They were often called pullchain rosaries because they resembled the pullchains used on plumbing and lighting fixtures.  Some soldiers blued (darkened) their rosaries so that they would not shine and reveal their location to enemies.

At times, soldiers received beltbags that contained rosaries and prayerbooks.

 

   Soldiers have carried rosary rings onto the battlefield because they could easily be slipped into a pocket.

 

     

St. Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be named a saint.  Rosaries honoring St. Kateri are made in many colors to show her love for the environment.

Rosaries have been created in remembrance of one of the most tragic days in American history, September 11, 2001.  The 9-11 rosary, created by the Ghirelli Company, has beads that honor all of the 50 states.

        

 

The center medal of the 9-11 rosary shows Christ at the Twin Towers.

          

The crucifix of the 9-11 rosary replicates steel found at the site of the World Trade Center.

 

 

When Pope Francis visited the United States in 2015, he joined in the red, white, and blue spirit with commemorative rosaries.

Pope Francis knew that Americans could celebrate their country with their rosaries.

 

To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.

The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.  This 152 page, hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing has over 200 color photographs of rosaries ranging from the Boxwood rosary of England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.

 

 

 

 

Fatima Rosaries: June 13 and The Immaculate Heart of Mary

12 Jun

 

From May to October 1917, Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared on the 13th of each month to three children near Fatima, Portugal.

During the June 13, 1917 appearance, Mary referred to her Immaculate Heart.  In her memoirs, Lucia, the oldest of the children, recalled that Mary said, “Are you suffering a great deal?  Don’t lose heart.  I will never forsake you.  My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God”.  *

Many rosaries honoring the Blessed Mother’s appearances at Fatima contain symbols of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.  The pictures above show Mary’s words on  the center medal and cross of the Fatima 100th Anniversary Rosary made by the Ghirelli Company of Italy.

To learn more about 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, center medals, and crucifixes ranging from the Boxwood Rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

*M., Irmã,. (1976). Fatima in Lucia’s own words : Sister Lucia’s memoirs. Fatima, Portugal: Postulation Centre.

Rosaries of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Jacinta of Fatima

5 Jun

   On September 4, 2016, Pope Francis elevated Mother Teresa of Calcutta to sainthood.  A few months later on May 13, 2017, the Pope canonized Jacinta, one of the children who saw the Blessed Mother Mary at Fatima.  What do Jacinta and Mother Teresa have in common?   They were born in the same year and could have worked together to spread Mary’s message.  Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia.  Jacinta was born in Portugal on March 11, 1910.

Mother Teresa passed away at the age of 87 while Jacinta lived only to the age of 11.   Consequently, the world remembers Mother Teresa as an elderly nun who served the poorest of the poor while  Jacinta is thought of as a child.

Both Mother Teresa and Jacinta were devoted to the rosary.

Jacinta encouraged everyone to pray the rosary. Today, many rosaries have been made to honor Jacinta and the vision of Mary that she saw at Fatima.

The rosary shown above has an image of Jacinta on one of the Pater beads (Our Father beads).  The center has an image of Mary that is based on a description given by another child of Fatima, Jacinta’s older cousin Lucia.

The rosary shown above was made by the Ghirelli Company in remembrance of the canonization of Mother Teresa.  It has blue and white beads to honor the colors of the  Missionaries of Charity, the order that Mother Teresa founded.  Mother Teresa is shown on the center medal.

The reverse of the center medal and crucifix carry some of Mother Tersea’s favorite sayings, ” It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do” and ” A little pencil in the hand of God”.

While many rosaries of beautiful beads have been made to honor Mother Teresa, she carried a very simple rosary made of Job’s Tears.

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.

  

The work of Jacinta of Fatima and Teresa of Calcutta have inspired many rosaries.

To learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from the Boxwood rosary of England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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.

 

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