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Rosaries of the United States : A July 4 Celebration

2 Jul

Independence Day, July 4, is a time when Americans can show their love for their country with their rosaries.

 

 

Metal rosaries were given to soldiers during World Wars I and II.  They were often called pullchain rosaries because they resembled the pullchains used on plumbing and lighting fixtures.  Some soldiers blued (darkened) their rosaries so that they would not shine and reveal their location to enemies.

At times, soldiers received beltbags that contained rosaries and prayerbooks.

 

   Soldiers have carried rosary rings onto the battlefield because they could easily be slipped into a pocket.

 

     

St. Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be named a saint.  Rosaries honoring St. Kateri are made in many colors to show her love for the environment.

Rosaries have been created in remembrance of one of the most tragic days in American history, September 11, 2001.  The 9-11 rosary, created by the Ghirelli Company, has beads that honor all of the 50 states.

        

 

The center medal of the 9-11 rosary shows Christ at the Twin Towers.

          

The crucifix of the 9-11 rosary replicates steel found at the site of the World Trade Center.

 

 

When Pope Francis visited the United States in 2015, he joined in the red, white, and blue spirit with commemorative rosaries.

Pope Francis knew that Americans could celebrate their country with their rosaries.

 

To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.

The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.  This 152 page, 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.

 

 

 

 

Fatima Rosaries: June 13 and The Immaculate Heart of Mary

12 Jun

 

From May to October 1917, Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared on the 13th of each month to three children near Fatima, Portugal.

During the June 13, 1917 appearance, Mary referred to her Immaculate Heart.  In her memoirs, Lucia, the oldest of the children, recalled that Mary said, “Are you suffering a great deal?  Don’t lose heart.  I will never forsake you.  My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God”.  *

Many rosaries honoring the Blessed Mother’s appearances at Fatima contain symbols of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.  The pictures above show Mary’s words on  the center medal and cross of the Fatima 100th Anniversary Rosary made by the Ghirelli Company of Italy.

To learn more about 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, crosses, center medals, and crucifixes ranging from the 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.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

*M., Irmã,. (1976). Fatima in Lucia’s own words : Sister Lucia’s memoirs. Fatima, Portugal: Postulation Centre.

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.

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.

 

 

Rosaries of Fatima

1 Jun

 May 13, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to three children in Fatima, Portugal.  Many rosaries have been created to celebrate this historic event.

 The blue rosary shown was made by the Ghirelli Company.   The center medal depicts the image of Mary known as Our Lady of Fatima.  This statue of Our Lady of Fatima was based on a description of Mary by Lucia, the only child of Fatima who lived to adulthood.

 

Lucia met with several popes and had many opportunities to explain the message of Fatima.  Holy cards and statues that show Mary wearing a white gown and a gold crown are based on Lucia’s description.

 

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, published by Schiffer Publishing, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, center medals, and crucifixes ranging from the boxwood rosary 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, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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