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THE ROSARY 
IS BEGINNING TO TAKE SHAPE
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WHEN DID IT TAKE ITS SHAPE?
HISTORY: OF THE ROSARY
 During the 1600's the Apostles Creed is added to the Rosary Prayer and the overall configuration and prayer sequence of the Rosary is becoming more and more universally the same.  In 1627 King Louis the XIII of France orders public recitation of the Rosary against the rebellious Huguenots. Fifteen thousand Rosaries are distributed to the troops with set hours of prayer. The battle is won and France is saved.
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AMBER, CORAL, AROMATIC WOODS
 Old records and inventories recently found reveal that Rosaries were being made in the Orient for European use in the 1600s.  Amber, crystal, coral and fine, aromatic woods are the most popular. Rosaries made in Portuguese India are highly prized from a ’very early date’as are filigree beads made of silver from the Middle East.

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~ CONFIGURATION ~
A ROSARY NECKLACE
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NOTE HOOK IN CENTER BACK
A 6 decade rosary conformed to be work around the neck. Note hook in center back of necklace. It is not unusual to see early portraits of this period with women wearing rosaries around their neck.. 




~ BEADS ~
  SILVER CAPPED WOODEN BEADS
 Wooden beads are Ave beads with filigree beads as Pater beads
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MEDALLION
 and a traditional medallion of unknown origin in the back of the necklace. 




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 LARGE RELIQUARY CROSS
Traditional filigree cross with mother of pearl inlay. Early filigree rosaries were called Reliquary as they held relics, the more recent ones carry the traditioual design do not necessarily carry relics.
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 'CREDOCREUZ' 
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THE PENDANT OF THE ROSARY
The Credocruz or Credo Cross is just above the large filigree cross. Its purpose was to remind the pray-er to say the Creed.  The first Pater bead was next followed  by three beads, one each to pray for an increase of Faith, Hope and Love as the Ave was recited.




~ MEDALLIONS ~
4 OF 5 MEDALLIONS
A Collection of beautiful medallions each with a history of its own - possibly from a customary pilgraimage to a holy site. Placed halfway between each decade as was typical for the times.
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OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
 St. Louis DeMontfort is born in Brittany in 1673. He will be the founder of two religious orders in his lifetime.  Many of his sermons are now in book form, ‘True Devotion to Mary,’‘The Secret of Mary’ and the ‘Secret of the Rosary’ are the most popular. Today these books guide those who choose to Consecrate their lives to Jesus through Mary.
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Ten years later, the Saracens try to invade Austria. Their navy is broken but their army is strong. They try to take over the Balkan area by going into Vienna. King Leopold turns to Our Lady of the Rosary and the city is miraculously saved.



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Our vision is to provide the finest handmade rosaries, chaplets and other fine religious art forms for personal worship we can make using the finest supplies available.  The Guild believes the work of our hands should give visual Glory to God, therefore for us, the best for you is very, very important.

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