Saturday, August 20, 2011

A New Rosary for Margie

Front of the St. Therese rosary center that Margie chose
I made this rosary for my friend Margie. Although not her patron saint, her favorite saint is Saint Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus". She died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. The impact of The Story of a Soul, a collection of her autobiographical manuscripts, printed and distributed a year after her death to an initially very limited audience, was great, and she rapidly became one of the most popular saints of the twentieth century. She was beatified in 1923, and canonized in 1925. 

Back of the St. Therese Rosary Center

Back of the Five Way Cross
Front of the Five Way Cross

Cross to Center Drop

Margie's Rosary

Margie's Rosary

Margie's Rosary
Margie chose the vintage center of St. Therese and I took it from there knowing that her favorite color is green. The front of the silver center shows St. Therese holding a cross and a large bunch of roses, a very typical picture of St. Therese, and the word "Saint Theresa, Child of Jesus". On the back, there is the famous quote by her which states "I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth". Instead of a crucifix, I chose a five way medal cross in silver with green enamel. A five way religious medal is fashioned in the shape of a cross, also known as a cruciform.  The cruciform is adorned with the Sacred Heart on the top of the medal and Miraculous Mary on the bottom.  On the right side of the cruciform, you will find St. Christopher; St. Joseph appears on the left. In the center is the Holy Spirit dove. This cross is silver with green enamel, since I wanted something green for Margie. The Paters (Our Fathers) are vintage sea glass, shell-shaped beads in different shades of green. These are surrounded by round clear vintage cystals and sterling silver beads. The Aves (Hail Mary's) are small sage green glass pearls. Here are a number of pictures of the rosary and its parts.


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