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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.

 

 

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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.

 

Rosary for a Snowy Day

14 Mar

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A winter snowstorm has hit many parts of the United States.  Have you ever experienced a summer snowstorm?

According to legend, a summer snowstorm occurred in Italy in 352 A.D.    On the night of August 4,  a wealthy couple prayed to Mary, Our Lady, because they wanted a child to make them a family.   That night, Mary appeared to them in a dream and instructed them to build a church in her honor on the Esquiline Hill.  Mary said that the site for the new church would soon be outlined in snow.   On the same night, Mary also appeared to Pope Liberius and announced the coming of a miraculous summer snowfall.  When residents awoke on August 5, they found the Esquiline Hill covered in snow.  The outline of a church could be seen in the snow.  Less than two years later, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was built on that site.   In honor of that summer snowfall,  Mary is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of the Snows.

 

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The rosary shown here has clear blue beads and a center medal honoring Our Lady of the Snows.    In place of Pater Beads, it has medals honoring additional titles for Mary including Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Lourdes. and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.   Rosary makers have created many rosaries to commemorate the miraculous summer snowfall.  Some have bubble beads with images of Mary while others have unique pater beads.

 

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide.  This 152 page hardcover book has over 240 color photographs of unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available in Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store online, and other bookstores.  For more information contact Schiffer Publishing by phone at (610) 593-1777 or online at http://www.schifferbooks.com

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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.

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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.

 

The Soldier's Pullchain Rosary

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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Rosary Exhibit

15 Sep

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On Saturday, October 1, 2016, Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, will exhibit their antique and unusual rosaries at the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania.  Visitors will have an opportunity to see military rosaries of World War II, the Lasso Wedding Rosary, rosaries honoring the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Stanhope crosses, and other religious articles.  Copies of The Rosary Collector’s Guide will be available for purchase.

 

 

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The Rosary Collector’s Guide, the 152 page hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  With pictures and background information, The Rosary Collector’s Guide can help you identify the age and origin of family heirlooms.

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

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August 21: Rosaries Honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Knock

20 Aug

On August 21 of each year, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Knock.

The shamrock center medal symbolizes the role of Our Lady of Knock in the history of Ireland.

The shamrock center medal symbolizes the role of Our Lady of Knock in the history of Ireland.

One rainy night, August 21, 1879, two women reported seeing Mary, St. Joseph, and John the Evangelist standing against the back of a church in their small village of Knock, Ireland. They also saw an altar with a lamb and a cross on it. The women ran and told others and soon a total of 15 people, ranging in age from 6 to 75, were gathered at the church. All of the witnesses were questioned by the Archbishop of Tuam and a shrine was later established at the site.

The back of the Knock center medal says, "Our Lady of Knock Pray for Us". The back of the Celtic Crucifix says, "Erin".

The back of the Knock center medal says, “Our Lady of Knock Pray for Us”. The back of the Celtic Crucifix says, “Erin”.

The shamrock center medal says, "Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Pray for Us".

The shamrock center medal says, “Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Pray for Us”.

 

Rosaries and center medals have been designed to honor the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Most show Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and witnesses to the vision.

 

41rUas4idPL__SY346_ 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 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, Amazon, The Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.    With price guides and historical information, The Rosary Collector’s Guide answers the questions of collectors, historians, and anyone with an interest in religious articles.

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