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Not my normal cup of meat but still...

Upon request from my Catholic mother, Deb and I made a Rosary for my aunt for Christmas. I've not even seen one let alone used one in about 20 years so considering that, I think it turned out pretty well. By the way, it's sterling silver and poppy jasper in case you wondered.



Dec. 9th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
nice work, I hope to get back into jewelrymaking soon myself- moneys too tight right now for me to buy beads though.

Rosary's are awfully long aren't they? Why is that, do you know???

Dec. 9th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
It is because of the number of prayers in the rosary cycle.
Dec. 10th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC)
Maybe they figured they needed that many to account for a Catholics' propensity to sin? Heheheheh I know I'm going to Hell for that one.

Dec. 9th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
It is because the Rosary is divided into five decades. Each decade represents a mystery or event in the life of Jesus. There are four sets of "Mysteries of the Rosary" (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). These four "Mysteries of the Rosary" therefore contain, a total of twenty mysteries. The Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries are then said on specific days of the week. During private recitation of the Rosary, each decade requires devout meditation on a specific mystery. Public recitation of the Rosary (two or more people), requires a leader to announce each of the mysteries before the decade, and start each prayer.

The Apostle's Creed is said on the Crucifix; the Our Father is said on each of the Large Beads; the Hail Mary is said on each of the Small Beads; the Glory Be after the three Hail Mary's at the beginning of the Rosary, and after each decade of Small Beads. In June 13, 1917, Our Lady asked that an additional prayer be added after each decade of the Rosary. It is a prayer of forgiveness to Jesus and is said following the Glory Be after each decade only.

In other words.... there's a lot of praying involved and a lot of meditation. I used to pray the rosary. I used to have one that was given to me by my dear grammie. That particular rosary is now buried with her, by my request. It was handcrafted, very beautiful like this one. It had different types of beads, the majority of it were amethysts used for the sets of 10, the first 3 beads were made of lapis lazuli, the ending beads were made out of bloodstone. All linked together with silver. That rosary meant a lot to me. It had also provided me some kind of "energy" (for lack of a better word) whenever I had it in my hands. But I wanted it resting with my grandmother. No sense getting it back now even if I wanted to. But I'm glad it's safe with her.

(sorry this was a long reply but I hoped that answered your question)

Dec. 9th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking then time to explain it, I like learning about different beliefs and you answered my question very well. :)
Dec. 9th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome, dear.
Dec. 9th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope you didn't mind but I learned a lot from reading your explanation as well. I have a strong interest in belief systems.
Dec. 9th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all. I was born and raised catholic but at the moment, I'm not practicing that religion. I'm out there learning about different types of religion, beliefs and philosophies.
Dec. 9th, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
They all have the same common and basic teaching, don't they.. compassion and love. A lot of people forget that...
Dec. 9th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
I hope that your connection with your grandmother is and continues to be as beautiful, contemplative and miraculous as your words lead me to believe. This sort of interaction between the generations is, I think, what truly makes for the the Divine within the human condition. Thank you, very very much, for this glimpse into your world.
Dec. 9th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
My grandmother raised me but she passed away last year. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her, or something reminds me of her. There are times I'd be stuck in a dilemma and I'd close my eyes and think about her and wonder what would she say to help me out and I just go with it.

You're very welcome.
Dec. 10th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
I figured of all people the little devil would know this one.

Dec. 10th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Heh, of course the little devil would know. After all, devils are only misunderstood angels or fallen ones. *shrug*

I'm neither, you know that. *grins* Have a nice weekend.
Dec. 10th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, you too.

Dec. 10th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
I know about the tight money thing. We kind of went out on aa limb to buy beads prior to Xmas in hopes we would recoup. I think they are so long to remind Catholics what prolific sinners they are. Kidding.



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