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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

8 Apr

Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated in the United States on April 8, 2018.

 

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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Irish Horn Rosaries

17 Mar

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When we think of Irish rosaries, our thoughts often turn to those made of Connemara marble or those with Celtic crucifixes. The Irish Horn Rosary, however, is perhaps the most symbolic of Ireland because it represents the hard work of the people of Dublin.

In 1927, the Mitchell Rosary Factory opened in Dublin and began production of rosaries made of horn, a material derived from naturally shed antlers of deer and goats. While many celebrated the creation of new jobs, there was also a cost to the city. The horn was boiled in large vats to soften it for bead making. The smell of boiling horn was extremely strong and annoyed many residents. Young girls working in the factory covered their hair with nets in the hopes of keeping the smell from clinging. There were many objections to the smell and the Mitchell Rosary Factory stopped making horn rosaries circa 1960.

In his memoir, It’s a Long Way from Penny Apples, Bill Cullen discussed his family’s work with the Mitchell Rosary Factory. In addition to the many full-time factory workers, others who lived in Dublin picked up supplies and then strung beads at home. They were paid by the decade.

Irish horn rosaries usually have a heart-shaped center and a horn crucifix with a white corpus.

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read our new book, The Rosary Collector’s Guide, available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other booksellers.

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Christmas Rosaries

23 Dec

advent1 Our grandparents usually owned a single rosary which they cherished throughout their lives.  In recent years, rosaries have been created to celebrate special occasions and holidays such as Christmas.

 

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The Christmas Rosary shown above has Ave beads (Hail Mary beads) of red and Pater beads (Our Father beads) of green.

 

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The crucifix of the Christmas Rosary has a poinsettia background.

 

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The center medal shows the Madonna and Child.

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The Ghirelli Company, founded in 1987, has designed rosaries for the Vatican.  Their Christmas Rosary, made in 2002, has a unique Star of David Crucifix.

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The Center Medal of the Ghirelli Christmas Rosary shows a manger scene.

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A Christmas Rosary can become a family heirloom of the season.

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

 

Fr. Patrick Peyton: The Rosary Priest

20 Dec

 On December 19, 2017, Pope Francis issued a decree confirming that the late Father Patrick Peyton lived a life of heroic Christian virtue.  The decree moves this American priest one step closer to being declared a saint.

Father Peyton has been called the Rosary Priest because he encouraged families to pray the rosary together.  His motto was, “The family that prays together, stays together”.   In 1942, he wrote to every bishop in the United States to ask them to promote the family rosary.  He also recruited Hollywood stars such as Bing Crosby and Lucille Ball to motivate everyone to pray.

Father Patrick Peyton died in 1992.  His life was spent in service to the Catholic Church with special dedication to the rosary.

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To learn more about the rosary, 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 and information on rosaries ranging from the Boxwood rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available in Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online venues.

 

 

 

 

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Anniversary & Feast of the Miraculous Medal Celebrated on November 27

26 Nov

Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure' and gave her a vision of the Miraculous Medal.

The Miraculous Medal is perhaps the most popular of all religious medals. It is said that in 1830, Mary appeared to Catherine Laboure’, a novice of the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris. Mary showed young Catherine a design and asked her to have a medal struck with the image shown.

The front of the Miraculous Medal shows Mary and says, "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee".

The reverse of the medal shows 12 stars encircling a large letter M   under a cross.   Two hearts are beneath the M, one encircled by thorns and one pierced by a sword. The reverse of the medal shows 12 stars encircling a large letter M under a cross. ( The twelve stars represent the twelve apostles.) Two hearts are beneath the M, one encircled by thorns and one pierced by a sword.[/caption]

Sometimes individuals purchasing a rosary at an estate sale or auction see the date of 1830 imprinted at the bottom of the center medal and believe that they are buying an antique. That is often not the case, however, because all Miraculous Medals, regardless of when they were made, bear the date of 1830, the year of the vision. The vision occurred in 1830 but the first Miraculous Medals were not made until 1832 and they were not placed on rosaries until after 1880.

The pater medals ( Our Father medals) on this blue St. Catherine Laboure' rosary have images related to the vision of Mary.

The St. Catherine Laboure’ rosary has blue beads to honor Mary and medals between each decade that show significant events related to the vision this saint experienced. The rosary’s center medal represents the Chapel of the Apparition in Paris, the place where the vision occurred.

St. Catherine Laboure' is shown on the pater bead of this rosary.

Pater medals and the center medal of this rosary honor the vision St. Catherine Laboure' experienced.

The Feast of the Miraculous Medal is celebrated on November 27.

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To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover reference book by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. The book is available in Barnes and Noble, Catholic Faith Store Online, and Amazon.com. If you have questions about rosaries, contact the authors at rosarycollector@aol.com

Blessed Solanus Casey: Pray the Rosary Every Day

19 Nov

On November 18, 2017, thousands gathered on Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan to attend the mass in which a priest who served their diocese, Father Solanus Casey, would be beatified and take one more step toward being recognized as a saint.

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Born in Wisconsin, Solanus Casey served in New York City and other areas of the United States.  Detroit, however, was the place in which he established soup kitchens and found many additional ways to serve the poor, the unemployed, and the sick.  He understood the needs of  those who struggled.  While in the seminary, he could not reach passing grades in Latin and other subjects and feared he would not be ordained.  His superiors, however, recognized his sincerity and allowed him to be ordained as a “simplex priest”, one who could say Mass but could not hear confessions or preach doctrinal sermons.

Blessed Solanus Casey prayed the rosary each day and reminded everyone to, “Thank God ahead of Time” because God would certainly answer prayers.

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To learn about the rosary, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.   Published by Schiffer Publishing, this 152 page hardcover book 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.com, the Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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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