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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”.

Our Lady of the Rosary

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.

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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World Meeting of Families Rosary

17 Jan

WorldMeetingblue The World Meeting of Families, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from September 22-27, 2015, was an occasion for everyone to gather and consider the messages of the Roman Catholic Church.  Many who came to the masses said by Pope Francis,  as well as those who followed the events from their homes, purchased rosaries and other religious articles as souvenirs.

Ghirelli, supplier of religious articles to the Vatican, made several rosaries to commemorate the World Meeting of Families. WorldMeetingblue7The Ghirelli antique silver faceted glass Capri Blue bead rosary was handmade in Italy and came in a pouch which showed the Ghirelli logo on one side and the World Meeting of Families logo on the reverse.WorldMeetingblue8

The rosary’s crucifix showed Pope Francis at the top and the Vatican seal at the bottom.  Symbols of the World Meeting of Families could be seen on the crossbar. WorldMeetingbue4

WorldMeetingblue6 The Liberty Bell, a symbol of the host city of Philadelphia, was displayed on the reverse of the crucifix.

WorldMeetingblue2 The center medal was a replica of the World Meeting of Families’ Holy Family portrait by artist Neilson Carlin.

WorldMeetingblue6 The reverse of the center medal showed the Liberty Bell and said, “World Meeting of Families 2015 Philadelphia”.

WorldMeetingblue5The Ghirelli name was included on a bar.

WorldMeetingblue11 The antique silver faceted glass Capri Blue beads, silver plated linking, and unique center medal and crucifix made this rosary a wonderful remembrance of the World Meeting of Families.

 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, 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 from Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Catholic Gifts, and other bookstores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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