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St. Jacinta of Fatima Rosary

13 Aug

IMG_1943  On May 13, 2017, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta Marto, the youngest of the three children who saw Mary, the Blessed Mother, in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal in 1917.  Jacinta was not canonized because she experienced visions of Mary.  She was canonized because of her extreme bravery in defending her faith.

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Jacinta,  her brother, Francisco, and  their cousin, Lucia, said that they saw the Blessed Mother and that she wanted them to return to the same place on the 13th of every month.  Large crowds gathered on the field  to pray on the 13th of June and July.   The loud crowds upset the Chief Magistrate of the area, Artur Oliveira Santos,  so he developed a plan that he thought would stop the activity.

On August 13,  the Magistrate tricked the children by saying he would drive them to the site in his carriage.   Instead of taking them to the Cova da Iria, however, he drove them to the local jail and locked them in a cell with adult prisoners.    The Magistrate threatened to boil the children in oil if they did not admit that they had lied about seeing the Blessed Mother.    When some of the adult prisoners encouraged six year old Jacinta to save her life by saying what the Magistrate wanted to hear, Jacinta refused.   No matter how many ways the Magistrate tried to scare her, Jacinta stuck to her story and insisted that she had seen the Blessed Mother.

Eventually, the Magistrate allowed Jacinta and the other children to return home to their parents.  His plan to scare Jacinta into  saying that she lied about Mary had failed.

Mary did not appear to the children on August 13 because they were locked in jail on that day.   The children saw Mary on August 19 when they were outside saying a rosary.

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The St. Jacinta Marto Rosary is made by the Ghirelli Company, supplier of religious articles to the Vatican.  The Pater beads (Our Father beads) of this rosary have an image of St. Jacinta.

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The reverse of the Pater beads has an image of Mary based on the description provided by Lucia, the oldest of the three children of Fatima.

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The St. Jacinta Marto Rosary is a reminder that young children can be heroes of faith.

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To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.   Published by Schiffer Publishing,  this hardcover, 152 page book contains over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, and center medals 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, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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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.

Rosaries of Fatima

1 Jun

 May 13, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to three children in Fatima, Portugal.  Many rosaries have been created to celebrate this historic event.

 The blue rosary shown was made by the Ghirelli Company.   The center medal depicts the image of Mary known as Our Lady of Fatima.  This statue of Our Lady of Fatima was based on a description of Mary by Lucia, the only child of Fatima who lived to adulthood.

 

Lucia met with several popes and had many opportunities to explain the message of Fatima.  Holy cards and statues that show Mary wearing a white gown and a gold crown are based on Lucia’s description.

 

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, 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 those 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.

100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima Rosary by Ghirelli

13 May

    May 13, 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of the day on which Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared to three children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, in Fatima, Portugal.   On that day, Mary told the children to return to the same place on the 13th of each month.  The children did as they were told and saw Mary every month from May 1917 to October 1917.

The Ghirelli Company, supplier of religious articles to the Vatican, made a rosary to commemorate the anniversary.

 The crucifix of this 100th anniversary rosary shows the Basilica and the Colonnade, the shrine that now marks the place of the Apparitions.  The three  children are shown walking toward the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 The reverse of the crucifix has the anniversary dates, 1917-2017, and the words that Mary said to the children, ” My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead to God”.

 The center medal has an image of Mary and a Crown of Thorns in the shape of the Immaculate Heart.

  The reverse of the center medal has the words, ” In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”.

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In 1947, Jose Thedim received a commission to create a statute to commemorate Mary’s appearance to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. The sculptor based his art on a description he received directly from Lucia, who in 1947 was a nun living in a convent in central Portugal.  (Francisco and Jacinta died in childhood during a  flu epidemic.)   The statue is remarkable in that it is the only artistic representation of Mary that is based on a description from someone who actually saw her.

This representation of Mary wearing a white gown is often called Our Lady of the Rosary because that is the title Mary used when the children asked for her name.

 

To learn more about rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and medals read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 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.

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

 

 

The Rosary Windows of Our Lady of Fatima Church

16 Aug

Fatima4  Our Lady of Fatima Church in Secane, Pennsylvania, has elaborate artwork which pays tribute to Mary, Mother of God.  Each of the stained glass windows in the church has a rosary border.

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As an additional tribute to Mary, the parish hosted the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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Fatima2 Visitors to the church were invited to place their prayer petitions in a box near the statue.  Fatima1 The church was adorned with flowers.

 To learn more about the many forms of the rosary approved by the Roman Catholic Church, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference  book, published by Schiffer Books, contains over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals.  It gives background information on rosaries ranging from those owned by King Henry VIII to those bearing the image of Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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Honor the Rosary at the Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

9 Aug

 

BlueArmy6The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, New Jersey has beautiful religious artwork that honors the rosary.  Touring the grounds, visitors can see statuary and paintings that show Mary and the saints holding rosaries.

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Mass is said in an outdoor area.

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In 2017, the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima will be celebrated.  In preparation for this event, the shrine will be developing commemorative rosaries.  Check their web site at SHRINE@BLUEARMY.COM  for details.

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, published by Schiffer Books, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  It explains variations and gives historical background on rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those bearing an image of Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com, the Catholic Company, the Catholic Faith Store, and other religious article stores, book stores, and online sellers.

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