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Divine Mercy Rosaries

22 Apr

Sister Faustina is shown with a painting recreating the vision of Christ.

On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II declared, “Throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.”   The pope made that proclamation during the mass in which he canonized Saint Faustina. ( The Feast of Mercy, EWTN, http://www.ewtn.com).

Saint Faustina was given the name Helen Kowalska at birth and took the name Sister Maria Faustina when she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.  It is said that Christ came to her and asked her to spread word of his mercy.  This Polish nun was instructed to have a painting made showing Christ with blood and water flowing from His sides and the words, “Jesus, I trust in you.

Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) was a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.  Many rosaries have been created as remembrances of Divine Mercy.  The rosary shown above has a center medal showing Christ and it comes in a box that honors Saint Faustina.

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Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy that stretched from 2015 to 2016.  The Ghirelli Company created a rosary to honor that special time.  The Ghirelli Year of Mercy Rosary has a cross that shows both Christ and Pope Francis.

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The center medal of the Ghirelli Year of Mercy Rosary shows the Prodigal Son to emphasize the beauty of mercy and forgiveness.

 

The Divine Mercy Rosary shown above has beads of red and white to symbolize the blood and water flowing from Christ.  The center medal has Saint Faustina on one side and Christ on the reverse.

Catholics are encouraged to say the prayers known as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at any time of the year.  Divine Mercy is especially remembered, however, on the Sunday following Easter.

To learn more about rosaries, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing contains over 200 color photographs ranging from the carved 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, The Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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The Holy Year of Mercy: Dec. 2015 to Nov. 2016

3 Jan

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To reinforce the Roman Catholic Church’s mission of mercy, Pope Francis has declared the period from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 as an extraordinary Jubilee year to be known as the Holy Year of Mercy.

The Ghirelli Rosary company has created a rosary to mark this holy year.  The front of the rosary’s  crucifix is inspired by a painting known as Divine Mercy as well as the Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The reverse of the crucifix shows the Holy Spirit.

The center of the rosary depicts the Prodigal Son, the biblical story teaching mercy.

 

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 To learn more, 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.  The rosaries and historical information contained ranges from articles owned by King Henry VIII of England to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com,  the Catholic Faith Store Online, Catholic Parts.com, Rosary Parts.com, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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Pope Francis: The Rosary is Medicine for the Heart

18 Jul

As Philadelphia prepares for the 2015 World Meeting of Families and a visit by Pope Francis, we remember souvenir rosaries which Pope Francis has distributed.

On November 17, 2013, Pope Francis appeared in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday appearance. On this occasion, however, he had a special gift for his audience. Appearing at the window, he held up a small white box that resembled a medicine box. He jokingly asked the crowd, “Is the pope a pharmacist?”. Then he said, ” I want to recommend some medicine for all of you”. The pope explained that recitation of the rosary can be good medicine for the heart.

Pope Francis told the audience that they would each receive a replica of his medicine box. Led by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, director of papal charities, volunteers walked among the crowd to distribute the cherished boxes which contained several items.

The front and back of the box had an anatomical drawing of a human heart. Inside was a rosary of wooden beads, a Divine Mercy holy card, and an instruction sheet for praying written in the style of a medical prescription.

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While some might smile at the notion that the rosary is “good for the heart”, scientific evidence supports the pope’s claim. Recent studies have proven that reciting the rosary can improve heart and lung functions and relieve stress. Dr. Luciano Bernardi, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pavia in Italy, has proven these benefits and has also discovered that the repetition of the rosary has special benefits for patients diagnosed with heart failure.

The medicine box set distributed by Pope Francis on November 17, 2013, has already become a highly desired item for rosary collectors and one that will stand the test of time.

Do you collect special rosaries? What is your favorite rosary?

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To learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing. Written by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, this guide contains 240 color photographs of rosaries, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, The Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores and religious article stores.
http://www.amazon.com/Rosary-Collectors-Guide-Gloria-Hoffner/dp/0764345354

The authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, 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 your rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com

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Pope Francis: The Rosary is Medicine for the Heart

29 Jun

On November 17, 2013, Pope Francis appeared in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday appearance. On this occasion, however, he had a special gift for his audience. Appearing at the window, he held up a small white box that resembled a medicine box. He jokingly asked the crowd, “Is the pope a pharmacist?”. Then he said, ” I want to recommend some medicine for all of you”. The pope explained that recitation of the rosary can be good medicine for the heart.

Pope Francis told the audience that they would each receive a replica of his medicine box. Led by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, director of papal charities, volunteers walked among the crowd to distribute the cherished boxes which contained several items.

The front and back of the box had an anatomical drawing of a human heart. Inside was a rosary of wooden beads, a Divine Mercy holy card, and an instruction sheet for praying written in the style of a medical prescription.

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While some might smile at the notion that the rosary is “good for the heart”, scientific evidence supports the pope’s claim. Recent studies have proven that reciting the rosary can improve heart and lung functions and relieve stress. Dr. Luciano Bernardi, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pavia in Italy, has proven these benefits and has also discovered that the repetition of the rosary has special benefits for patients diagnosed with heart failure.

The medicine box set distributed by Pope Francis on November 17, 2013, has already become a highly desired item for rosary collectors and one that will stand the test of time.

Do you collect special rosaries? What is your favorite rosary?

To learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing. Written by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, this guide contains 240 color photographs of rosaries, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, The Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores and religious article stores.
http://www.amazon.com/Rosary-Collectors-Guide-Gloria-Hoffner/dp/0764345354

The authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, 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 your rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com

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