8mm Olive Wood Beads with Miraculous Medal Centerpiece and Pardon Crucifix.
Handmade in New Zealand with 20 gauge (0.9mm thick) galvanized wire. Strong barrel connection.
Please let us know if you would like the Rosary to be blessed before shipping.
- The blessing will be done by priests from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter apostolate in Auckland in the traditional form according to the Rituale Romanum in Latin.
The Rosary is both one of the oldest and most popular prayers in the Catholic tradition. A meditative prayer it is entered into by repeating a cycle of prayers. It can be prayed alone or with others. The intention of praying the Rosary is to enter into the events (mysteries) of Jesus’ life. Praying the Hail Mary repeatedly helps the prayer to quietly reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. Historically, there are three sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious each with 50 Hail Marys adding to 150 Hail Mary representing 150 Psalms in the Psalter. In 2002, Saint John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries which mediate our Lord’s public ministry.
The Miraculous Medal
It was almost midnight when St. Catherine Labouré was awakened by a soft voice, whispering, “Sister, sister, sister.” Mysterious events led her to the chapel where the Blessed Mother appeared and sat down near the altar. St. Catherine knelt at her feet, rested her hands in Mary’s lap, looked into her eyes, and had a heart-to-heart conversation with her. Later, St. Catherine would refer to that night as “the sweetest moment of my life.”
Four months later, in November of 1830, Mary again appeared to St. Catherine at the Rue de Bac Chapel. This time, our Blessed Mother was standing on a globe, with dazzling rays of light streaming from her outstretched hands. Framing the apparition was an inscription: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” When Mary spoke to St. Catherine, she said “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be, in a special manner, under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.”
With approval of the Catholic Church, the first medals were made in 1832 and distributed in Paris. Only ten of the original medals are known to exist, and one of them is housed at the Miraculous Medal Shrine.
Almost immediately, the blessings that Mary promised showered down on those who wore her medal, and soon all of France was clamoring for what the people referred to as the “Miraculous Medal.” Use of the Medal spread from country to country, and, at the time of St. Catherine’s death in 1876, more than a billion medals had been made. Today, the Medal is still drawing down from God blessings for body and soul.
The Pardon Crucifix
“This crucifix was introduced at the Marian Congress of Rome in 1904, with the support of his Eminence Cardinal Coullié, Archbishop of Lyon. It was through the discourse made to him by the Frs Lémann that the crucifix obtained general approval. The project of a union around this crucifix was presented to His Holiness by the most Eminent Cardinal Vivès, president of the Congress.
“The historic and sacred inscription of the royalty of Jesus appears in inscription placed over the head of Christ [on this crucifix]. It is an irrefutable witness against the denials and audacity of impiety. There is preserved at Rome, in the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, the actual inscription of Golgotha recovered by St Helen. The written relic is not complete; there may have been a division, and also age has considerably reduced it. Two words, only two words shine forth, respected by time, Nazarenus Re, The Nazarene King. It is a prophecy written on wood: all royalties are passing, except that of the Nazarene.
“On the reverse of the cross, at the center, the Sacred Heart shines forth with two inscriptions recalling the tender mercy of the Saviour; one is a prayer of pardon, breathed forth in the agony of Calvary: Father, forgive them; the other is the prayer of love breathed forth against ingratitude, in the sanctuary of Paray-le-Monial: Behold this Heart which has thus loved men.
“Below, the figure of Our Lady surmounted by a star occupies the foot of the cross, which is truly the place of Mary. She stands there to say to every straying soul: ‘Do not forget the sorrows of your Mother’. She says, ‘I am the comforter’. Despair murmurs that it is too late; She says: ‘between late and too late there is an abyss, behold all the Blood of My Jesus, behold My motherly devotion for you’.”
St Pius X granted, among others, the following indulgences for all Catholics by a rescript of 1 June, 1905:
Whoever carries the pardon crucifix will have the privilege to gain 300 day’s indulgence, daily.
In kissing it devotedly, one gains each time 100 day’s indulgence
He who pronounces before this crucifix one of the two following invocations gains each time an indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines: Our Father Who art in heaven, forgive us our offences as we forgive those who have offended us.—I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Whoever, in danger of death, receives the sacraments of the Church, or contrite of Heart if it is impossible to receive them, shall kiss this crucifix and ask pardon of God for his sins and forgives whoever has offended him, gains a plenary indulgence.