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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.

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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”.

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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.

 

 

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.

 

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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St. Katharine Drexel Rosaries

3 Mar

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Antique collectors use the dates of Katharine Drexel’s canonization to determine the age of some medals and rosaries.  Religious articles made before 1988 refer to Mother Katharine Drexel.  When Katharine Drexel was beatified on November 20, 1988, items were made with the inscription Blessed Katharine Drexel.   On October 1, 2000, Katharine Drexel was canonized and medals and rosaries were made with the inscription Saint Katharine Drexel.   These articles serve as reminders of Katharine Drexel’s willingness to serve those in need.  

To learn more about antique and unusual 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 ranging from those owned by King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available in religious article stores, book stores, and online sellers.

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Celebrities & Their Rosaries: From the White House to the Olympics

13 Aug

Celebrities are often seen  carrying their rosaries.  Donald Trump’s wife, Malania, was photographed carrying a rosary on her wedding day.  Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco, spoke of her devotion to the rosary.  History carries stories of  rosaries given by President John F. Kennedy as gifts to his friends as well as rosaries carried by King Henry VIII of England.

 

Newspaper reports in 2016 have carried tales of two prominent Americans and their rosaries, President Obama and Olympic gymnast, Simeon Biles.

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 athttp://www.ghirelli.com/us/index.php/blog/President-Obama-Pope-Francis-Ghirelli-Rosary/

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When 19 year old gymnast Simone Biles was named to the United States Olympic team, reporters asked what she would pack for her trip to Rio.  She answered that there would be a rosary in the duffel bag she carried.   When the games ended, Biles had several gold medals to put in her bag next to the rosary.

You can read more about Simone Biles and her rosary at

 

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Have you read reports of additional celebrities carrying their rosaries?  Tell us your findings in the comment section below.

 

 

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries read, The Rosary Collector’s Guide, the 152 page hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Books,  The Rosary Collector’s Guide has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals, antique and new.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide helps collectors identify various types of rosaries and learn more about family heirlooms.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

29 Jun

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The feast of Saints Peter and Paul is celebrated on June 29.  One of  the best places to honor and remember these saints is in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Pope Francis said mass here in September 2015 when he visited Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families.

A unique portrait of the Holy Family was commissioned for the World Meeting of Families and hung on the altar during the Papal Mass.  This portrait shows an extended family.  In addition to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the portrait also includes Mary’s parents, St. Anne and St. Joachim.  The gold trim in the painting is similar to the gold trim of the altar where the painting hung.  The painting is the work of Pennsylvania artist, Neilson Carlin.

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The Ghirelli rosary company produced many rosaries to commemorate the World Meeting of Families.  AntiqueGold2WorldMeetingblue11

 

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To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This hardcover, 152 page reference book, published by Schiffer Publishing, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from those once owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The book explains the many rosary variations approved by the Roman Catholic Church.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available in Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers. 

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