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Today is the day to remember St. Isidor of Seville, the scholarly Bishop of Seville that helped the church defeat the first great heresy. As prolific writer and historian he wrote numerous books and even a liturgy!
He has been suggested as the patron saint of the Internet and here are Rosarymart.com we've been selling rosaries on the Internet for 17 years. So it seems appropriate to recognize this amazing man and saint and to mark today in remembrance of him on his feast day today.
Saint Isidore of Seville Prayer:
O God, Who didst give blessed Isidore to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord.
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We receive many questions about the quality of our rosaries. Here at RosaryMart.com we are very proud of the quality of all our products - we only source high quality, durable and beautiful rosaries. Here are some of thing that we look for in quality rosary beads that you use when shopping for your next rosary.
Quality rosary beads will hold up over time, not tarnish and be comfortable to use. Poorly connected beads will loosen and come apart. Shoddy work sometimes causes the connector loops to stick out, possibly poking the fingers. Some lower quality silver finishes can prematurely tarnish and even come off on the skin while using the beads and should be avoided.
- Inspect how the beads connect together that the chain loops are closed and don’t poke (I call these ‘thorns’)
- The chain and crucifix should be gold, silver or a quality alloy (e.g. Zama).
- Hold the rosary beads tight and notice how straight the beads are, good rosary beads should be relatively straight and firm.
For inexpensive bulk rosaries, for say a school class or as gift for a church group, only consider a high quality plastic rosary. Quality plastic rosaries shouldn’t have any sharp corners. Especially avoid those with little bits of extra plastic the cutter missed (called mustaches). Most importantly the plastic should be a nylon or similar non-toxic material.
If you are looking to display the rosary consider the material. Cheaper rosaries will more easily tarnish and discolor over time. If permanently hung on the wall, or swinging from the rear-view mirror look for finishes such as silver or gold alloy.
If you are looking to wear the rosary consider the material of the metal look for gold or silver or a quality alloy (i.e. Zama). If the rosary has a clasp ensure that it closes and opens firmly (recommend a lobster claw clasp).
Rosary prayer beads come in many materials: wood, plastic, glass, garnet, stones, and crystal among many others. Of all the beads it is the beloved and serene pearl that makes a particularly lovely choice for a new rosary, either for personal use or for a special gift. These round white shimmering beads have a long cultural history that enhances there use as rosary prayer beads and a rosary necklaces.
To some, in western culture the round shape and the shimmering color of the pearl evokes the image of the moon and suggests peacefulness. To others they see a symbol of wealth and riches. Even today pearls can be found in high-end jewelry. And to others pearls stand as a representative of fertility and marriage and is the origin for their popularity with brides on their wedding day.
But most importantly pearls represent beauty and sacred value. Regardless of the cultural context appreciation of pearl has been a symbol of beauty, grace and value since man started harvesting pearls some 6000 years ago. The unique shimmer and soft white color has always been appreciated and loved. Even in Matthew 7:6 it says “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls in front of pigs..."
Consider pearl beads for your new rosary prayer beads or rosary necklace. Your fingers and hands will give the pearl beads their full measure of beauty as you pray through the Mysteries.
This year March falls entirely within the liturgical season of Lent. The Feast of St. Joseph falls on March 19. It is a month of penance, mortification and contrition dedicated to St. Joseph, the great foster father of Jesus Christ. It is a month for meditation on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, as the protector of the Church, the Eucharist, and the Christian family. March is also when Catholics celebrate St. Patrick’s feast, a popular feast for the Irish (and who isn’t on St. Patrick’s Day).
“We must plead with St. Joseph to guard the Eucharistic Lord and the Christian family during this time of peril” -- John Paul II
On behalf of staff at RosaryMart, we would like to send our condolences to those that are affected by hurricane Harvey as well as those that are affected by the monsoons in Asia. We encourage everyone to join us in donating to both causes. We are donating 15% of the profits for all orders placed between now and September 10th to well recognized charities that work to assist the families and victims of both natural disasters. We will post a receipt of our donation here on our blog to display transparency. For more hurricane information on these events please read below.
Many people residing in Houston and surrounding areas have been isolated for days by enormous floods produced by Hurricane Harvey. The storm began on Friday, Aug. 25 and tore through the state of Texas and Louisiana in the following days. Many areas received more than 40-inches of rain causing catastrophic flooding. more...
DECEMBER 2015: MONTH OF DIVINE INFANCY
December, the month of Divine Infancy, celebrates the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. The pairing of words in this title is a reflection of the mystery of Jesus' nature. We each are one person with one nature. However, Jesus is one person with two natures. He is fully God and fully man, that is, He is 100% God and %100 man, not 50/50, or any other percentage. Jesus' Incarnation is one of the most important moments in history and its memorial is prepared for in the liturgical season of Advent, a four week anticipation. more...
NOVEMBER 2015: MONTH OF SOULS IN PURGATORY
November, the month of Souls in Purgatory, is dedicated to all the souls who have died, but have not yet been admitted into Heaven. Jesus' Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection, allowed for admittance into Heaven, but because of "free will" every person can chose whether they want to be with God. Every moment in life is the opportunity to say yes or no to this. When someone dies, Jesus looks at his/her life and sees how much they loved Him. If they didn't love Him, He lets them continue in that choice and allows them to go to Hell. If they loved Him perfectly, He allows them to abide in Heaven. If they loved Him, but imperfectly, in His Mercy He allows them to enter Purgatory where the imperfect love is made perfect through purging. Purgatory is a tempory state and will pass away. It is a place of Mercy. more...
OCTOBER 2015: MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
October, the month of the Holy Rosary, celebrates the spiritual beauty of the Rosary, emphasizing the need for prayer, fasting and sacrifice. The Rosary is a prayer. The rosary (notice lowercase) is a tool for this specific prayer. The Rosary is a Christocentric setting for Lectio Divina, that is, a meditation on the Life of Christ, particularly His Ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Rosary is the prayer of the saints, and has a is easy to pray. It offers hope and healing.Dates in BOLD are Holy Days of Obligation for October:
Oct. 1: St. Therese Lisieux
Oct. 2: St. Leger
Oct. 3: St. Menna
SEPTEMBER 2015: MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
September, the month of Our Lady of Sorrows, remembers the suffering of Mary, Jesus' Mother. There are seven sorrows, seven afflictions that pierced her heart. Catholics commonly reflect upon each and they say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Mary's for each.
- The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35)
- The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
- The loss of the child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43–45)
- Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary.
- Jesus dies on the cross. (John 19:25)
- The piercing of the side of Jesus, and Mary's receiving the body of Jesus in her arms. (Matthew 27:57–59)
- The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb. (John 19:40–42)
AUGUST 2015: MONTH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
August, the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, remembers the miracle of Redemption through the participation of the faithful. Mary, Jesus' Mother, said yes to God perfectly. This came about as a result of grace, and no sin stained her soul, her heart. From Conception to her Dormition, Mary remained Immaculate. Her love for God, "her fiat" and beautiful interior life, is honored by Catholics. There are a variety of devotions available for consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Traditionally, her heart is depicted pierced with seven wounds or swords, in reverence to her seven sorrows. more...