Due to unemployment, and thus financial hardship, I have changed my policy of not adding labor cost to my rosaries. I hope that you can understand why this is necessary and will continue to support my apostolate. At this time I need to support my family with my skills and resources. I have not added much to the cost of each item -- not as much as most vendors would, doubling or tripling their cost -- but just enough to contribute a small amount to my family's income.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Chains of bondage

When I made my Consecration to the Blessed Mother, via St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary, I was taught, by my priest, that "we wear chains because we are her slaves." The wearing of chains is one of the outward signs those who consecrate themselves to Jesus and Mary keep as a way of keeping our pledge to them new, and real.

Of the outward signs, de Montfort says:
The fifth is the wearing of a small blessed chain either around the neck, on the arm, on the foot, or about the body. Strictly speaking, this practice can be omitted without affecting the essential nature of the devotion , but just the same it would be wrong to despise or condemn it, and foolhardy to neglect it. Here are the reasons for wearing this external sign:
(1) It signifies that we are free from the baneful chains of original and actual sin which held us in bondage.
(2) By it we show our esteem for the cords and bonds of love with which our Lord let himself be bound that we might be truly free.
(3) As these bonds are bonds of love, they remind us that we should do nothing except under the influence of love.
(4) Finally, wearing this chain recalls to us once more that we are dependent on Jesus and Mary as their slaves. Eminent people who had become slaves of Jesus and Mary valued these little chains so much that they were unhappy at not being allowed to trail them publicly like the slaves of the Muslims. These chains of love are more valuable and more glorious than the necklaces of gold and precious stones worn by emperors, because they are the illustrious insignia of Jesus and Mary, and signify the bonds uniting us to them. It should be noted that if the chains are not of silver, they should for convenience' sake at least be made of iron. They should never be laid aside at any time, so that they may be with us even to the day of judgment. Great will be the joy , glory and triumph of the faithful slave on that day when, at the sound of the trumpet, his bones rise from the earth still bound by the chain of holy bondage, which to all appearance has not decayed. This thought alone should convince a devout slave never to take off his chain, however inconvenient it may be.
Every day I wear a Miraculous Medal and a crucifix around my neck, or Miraculous Medal earrings, but unless I look in the mirror, I cannot see them. They are not a reminder of my place that I have chosen, as a slave of the Blessed Mother and Our Lord. I decided for Christmas, to give myself true chains, to wear around my wrist so that I may constantly be reminded.

This bracelet is made from non-tarnishing bronze and silver loops. The larger bronze loops are cradled together in mobius rings, and linked with the smaller silver rings. Near the bronze clasp I have hung a small Miraculous Medal and small Miraculous medal cross.

If you are interested in a recreation of this bracelet, contact me by leaving a comment or using my email address found in the sidebar.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rex et Regina

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I love the center of this rosary -- the King on one side of the shield, and the Queen on the other, with a tiny little crown at the top of the shield. The mother of God is called Queen because she is the mother of the King, as all mothers of kings are queens. Our Lord Jesus is undoubtedly our King, and carries many titles as such: in the bible He is King of the Jews, but He is Christ the King, King Eternal, King of Kings, and King of All Nations. As well, does his mother, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Angels, Queen of Peace, Queen of the Rosary.

This rosary is a small reminder of who should be King and Queen in our lives.

The Ave beads are 6mm round Tiger Iron, and they are a variety of hues, from red, to green, to dark metallic gray, with some gold as well. The Pater Noster beads are beautiful, 8mm, topaz Swarovski crystals, cradled in copper caps. The beads are wire-wrapped with 20 gauge vintage bronze wire, for a virtually unbreakable rosary.

The center and matching bronze crucifix are hand cast from solid bronze in the United States and they match the wire beautifully. The center and the crucifix are set apart from the other beads with 4mm bicone bronze Swarovski crystals.