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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.

Fatima Rosaries & Pilgrimages: The Sacrifices of Lucia

4 Jun

 

In 2017, the Catholic Church is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to three children in Fatima, Portugal.  This anniversary will bring additional tourists to the site of the apparitions.  While large crowds are now considered good news for the local economy, that was not always the case.

Lucia, the only one of the three children of Fatima who lived to adulthood, wrote of the hardships that visitors brought to her family.

The specific site of Mary’s appearance was a parcel of land owned by Lucia’s parents.  They called it the Cova da Iria.  This was very fertile ground on which the family grew corn, beans, and other vegetables.  Sheep grazed here.  In her 1946 writing, however, Lucia stated, “As soon as people began to gather there we could no longer use the land for anything, for the people trampled everything and what little was left was eaten by the pack-animals on which some of the people rode there” *     The family lost their vegetable gardens and they had to sell their flock of sheep because so many pilgrims came to the site.

Day and night visitors knocked on her door begging Lucia to pray for their special causes.  Others accused Lucia of making up stories about Mary just to make money.  The many guests made it nearly impossible for the family to earn a living.     Lucia regretted that the visions had cause tremendous turmoil and financial strain for her family.

Today, Lucia and the other two children of Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco, are honored as special messengers chosen by heaven.   It must be remembered, however, that they endured  many trials in bringing Mary’s message to the world.

Reference: Galamba de Oliveira, J. (1946). Jacinta: The Flower of Fatima. New York: The Catholic Book Publishing Company, pp. 154-155.

 

          Many rosaries now honor the children of Fatima.  The rosary shown above has images of the children on the cross.  This Fatima 100th anniversary rosary is made by the Ghirelli Company.

 

To learn more about rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, 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 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, Walmart.com, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

 

 

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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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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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 World Meeting of Families Antique Gold Rosary

14 Feb

AntiqueGold1 As Pope Francis travels the world, we take time to look back on his 2015 visit to the United States and the rosaries that were made to commemorate the World Meeting of Families held during his visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Today we are showing the antique gold rosary made by Ghirelli rosaries.

AntiqueGold3  The crucifix of this rosary shows Jesus with his hands outstretched to families. An image of Pope Francis has been placed at the top of the rosary. His papal crest is at the bottom.

AntiqueGold4 The World Meeting of Families prayer can be found on the reverse of the crucifix. AntiqueGold14AntiqueGold6 The center of the rosary shows the World Meeting of Families Holy Family Portrait.  This portrait shows an extended family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as well as Mary’s parents, St. Ann and St. Joachim.  The reverse of the center shows the Liberty Bell logo of the 2015 World Meeting of Families. AntiqueGold2 The box containing the rosary shows the official portrait in full color. AntiqueGold8 The rosary has a bar showing that it is made by Ghirelli, the company which supplies the rosaries which Pope Francis distributes as his special gifts.

 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, 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, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sites.

 

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President Obama and His Rosary

31 Jan

photo (7) Did you know that President Obama often carries a rosary in his pocket?  In an interview posted on YouTube on January 15, 2016, President Obama showed a rosary given to him by Pope Francis.  When the pope visited the United States in September 2015, he stopped in Washington, D.C. to visit with the president. The pope gave President Obama a rosary with black beads and a log crucifix made by Ghirelli Rosaries.  In referring to Pope Francis and his gift, the president said, “I so admire him and it (the rosary) makes me think about peace and promoting understanding and ethical behavior”.   You can see the rosary and the full interview at http://www.ghirelli.com/us/index.php/blog/President-Obama-Pope-Francis-Ghirelli-Rosary/

 

To learn more about unique 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, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes 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, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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