St. Isadore of Seville
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 more...
Rosary Beads Buying Guide: QualityWe 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’) more...
Pearl Rosaries ReflectionsRosary 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..." more...
March 2018: The Solemnity of St. JosephThis 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, more...
Donating to Hurricane Harvey & Monsoon Victims In Asia
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 - Popular Feast Days
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 - Popular Feast Days
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 - Popular Feast Days
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
Oct. 4: Twenty - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, St. Francis of Assisi, more...
September - Popular Feast Days
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)
The Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross are traditionally used during Lent (especially on Fridays) as a way to go deeper into the mystery of the passion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. It looks both at Mary’s journey on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow)— where the Passion actually occurred, and at the major events as recorded by the Apostles in the Gospels.
“Behind the house, at a little distance up the hill, the Blessed Virgin had made a kind of Way of the Cross. When she was living in Jerusalem, she had never failed, ever since Our Lord's death, to follow His path to Calvary with tears of compassion. She had paced out and measured all the distances between the Stations of that Via Crucis, and her love for her Son made her unable to live without this constant contemplation of His sufferings . . . At first she went by herself, measuring the number of steps, so often counted by her, which separated the places of Our Lord's different sufferings. At each of these places she put up a stone, or, if there was already a tree there, she made a mark upon it. . . . Afterwards she arranged the Stations better, and I saw her inscribing on the stones the meaning of each Station, the number of paces and so forth. . . . At that time I saw no picture and no fixed cross to designate the Stations, nothing but plain memorial stones with inscriptions, but afterwards, as the result of constant visits and attention, I saw the place becoming increasingly beautiful and easy of approach. After the Blessed Virgin's death I saw this Way of the Cross being visited by Christians, who threw themselves down and kissed the ground.” (The Life Of The Blessed Virgin Mary From The Visions Of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich,) more...
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