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.
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.
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April is honored as the month of the Holy Eucharist. This year, April 2nd, is Holy Thursday, the day that the Church commentates the Institution of the Eucharist in a special way. For on the night before Jesus' Crucifixion, Jesus met with His apostles, broke bread, and blessed wine. He asked that his followers do these in memory of Him. Catholics believe that when Jesus broke bread and said, "This is my Body", the bread became Jesus' Body and not in a figurative sense; likewise, Catholic believe that the wine when blessed, becomes Jesus' Blood. His command: "Do this in memory of Me", has been adhered to by Catholics for over 2000 years. The mystery of how mere bread and wine can and does transform into Jesus' Body and Blood is called "transubstansiation" and it explains how there is a real substance transformation, while the matter retains its form, taste, etc.,. There have been many Eucharistic miracles and the Holy Eucharist is the most treasured belief and source of grace that Catholics have. more...
Every person was uniquely created to participate in the Kingdom of God; we know this because God said to Jeremiah: “Before you were in the womb, I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5) This indicates Divine Providence, a plan for each of God’s creatures. However, unlike robots, He did not “program” us to respond to His plans in an autonomous way. This is because God wants us to freely choose to love Him.
“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him a share in His own blessed life.” (CCC 1)
The ability to choose to love or reject Him also means that we are responsible for the consequences—good and bad— of all we do. For instance, if we choose to overindulge in sweets, God isn’t going to step in and “magically” undo the effects. He is like a good parent who allows His children to discover and explore; He wants us to learn how to recognize and act for not just the perceived good (instant gratification of taste), but the actual good (health and longevity of life). Also, like a good parent, He doesn’t leave us “unguided”. Thus, while He allows us to make our own choices, He never turns a blind eye to us, but gives us the tools and gifts we need to make informed decisions. more...