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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.

 

 

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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.

 

Rosaries of Easter

14 Apr

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Easter, the greatest feast of the Catholic Church, celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Rosaries honoring this special day often have centers with symbols of the resurrection or a figure of the risen Christ and beads of pastel colors. Many have additional features on the crucifix in remembrance of the events of Holy Week, the days preceding Easter.

The rosary shown above has a center with the Risen Christ and beads in the colors of Easter.

The lily is the traditional flower of Easter because according to legend, lilies could seen growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s suffering on Good Friday. Lilies are reminders of hope and life after trials.

Each bead of the rosary shown below is formed in the shape of a lily.  The center medal shows the Risen Christ.

The rosary shown below has a color picture of the Risen Christ in the center medal.

Easter is a time to celebrate the beauty of the rosary.

To learn more about unique rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals read The Rosary Collector’s Guide. This hardcover, 152 page reference book, contains 240 color photographs of rosaries and related religious articles. Published by Schiffer Publishing, The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores and religious article stores.

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Rosaries Honoring St. Katharine Drexel

5 May

medals1  On May 3, 2016 the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament announced that they plan to sell the 44 acre estate in Bensalem, Pennsylvania which presently serves as the mother house of their order and a shrine to their foundress, St. Katharine Drexel.

Katharine Drexel, daughter of one of the most prominent families of Philadelphia, used her family’s wealth to establish a religious order that has served the community, especially minority populations, for nearly 125 years.   When she was canonized in 2000, Katharine Drexel became only the second American-born saint.

medals6  The Rosary Collectors have been proud to periodically exhibit their collection at the shrine and thank the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for their service.

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To learn about unique 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 England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon as well as The Catholic Faith Store Online, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and websites.

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The Holy Family Christmas Rosary

28 Dec

Christmas3The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The Christmas Rosary made in Italy by Ghirelli Rosaries is an appropriate rosary to use on this occasion.

Christmas2The center of the rosary shows the holy family of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.

 

Christmas1 The crucifix of the rosary honors the Star of Bethlehem that alerted the Wise Men to the birth of Jesus.

Christmas3 The capped Pater beads add to the beauty of the rosary.

 To learn more, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book  published by Schiffer Books 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 on Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores, religious article stores and online dealers.

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The Rosary Windows of Our Lady of Fatima Church

16 Aug

Fatima4  Our Lady of Fatima Church in Secane, Pennsylvania, has elaborate artwork which pays tribute to Mary, Mother of God.  Each of the stained glass windows in the church has a rosary border.

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As an additional tribute to Mary, the parish hosted the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Fatima3 A rosary was said before the statue.

Fatima2 Visitors to the church were invited to place their prayer petitions in a box near the statue.  Fatima1 The church was adorned with flowers.

 To learn more about the many forms of the rosary approved by the Roman Catholic Church, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference  book, published by Schiffer Books, contains over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals.  It gives background information on rosaries ranging from those owned by King Henry VIII to those bearing the image of Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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Our Lady of Montserrat Rosary

2 Aug

Spain6 The mountainous area of Montserrat, near Barcelona, Spain, is home to the statue known as Our Lady of Montserrat or the Virgin of Montserrat.  Legend holds that this statue was also once known as La Jerosolimitana ,Native of Jerusalem, because it was thought to have been carved there by St. Luke.   This statue of Mary holding the Child Jesus was brought to Spain as a gift for the Bishop of Barcelona.  When conflicts arose in the area, the statue was moved to protect it from invaders.  It remained hidden and lost for over 100 years but was then said to have been found by a group of shepherds.

Spain3The center medal of the rosary shows Our Lady of Montserrat.  The statue of Our Lady of Montserrat is categorized as one of the Black Madonnas.

Spain5  The stamped crucifix adds beauty to the rosary.

Spain4  Throughout history, pilgrims have come to Montserrat to see the statue.  St. Ignatius of Loyola is said to have made a pilgrimage there each year.    Today, Benedictine Monks welcome visitors to the Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat where the statue now sits above the high altar in the basilica.

Spain6 The Virgin of Montserrat was declared the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII.

 To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference, published by Schiffer Books, has over 240 color photographs of unique rosaries, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online, and other bookstores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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