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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.


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.


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.






2000 Jubilee Year Basilica Rosary

22 Nov

Basilica14When he was installed as pope in October 1979, John Paul II urged Catholics to, “Open wide the doors to Christ”.  Those words, spoken during the homily of his mass of installation, became the theme for the Jubilee Year 2000, celebrated by Catholic churches throughout the world.

Basilica1The 2000 Jubilee Year Basilica Rosary celebrates the events of 2000 and honors the basilicas of Rome.  The rosary has clear blue Ave beads ( Hail Mary beads).   Each Pater bead ( Our Father bead) shows one of the 4 major basilicas of Rome. The front of each Pater bead has an image of one of the basilicas and the reverse gives the name of the basilica.

Basilica3Basilica4Basilica St. Peter

Basilica6Basilica5Basilica St. Mary Major

Basilica7Basilica8Basilica St. John Lateran

Basilica9Basilica10Basilica St. Paul

The 2000 Jubilee Year Rosary begins with a crucifix that represents the Holy Trinity.  Symbols for God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son, can be seen.

Basilica2Basilica12The reverse of the crucifix honors the Jubilee Year with the words, “Annus Domini 2000”.   ( Year of Our Lord 2000).


RosaryCollectorsGuideTo learn more about unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover book has 240 color photographs.  Available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other religious article stores, The Rosary Collector’s Guide gives historical background on each religious article.

Rosemont1Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner are often able to bring their rosary collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations.  To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com



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