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Given to us years ago by dear friend who is of Italian heritage, she thought we would love reading about this old tradition. This one gives me goose bumps everytime I read this special Italian rosary history.
WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT
THE SPECIAL ITALIAN ROSARY
A ROSARY MADE
BY TYING 170 KNOTS ON A WHITE CORD
As far as I know, this very Special Italian Rosary was originally made in Italy, years ago. I believe it has now become a lost devotion and a lost art. I thought I remembered that this particular Rosary had all the mysteries; The Joyful, The Sorrowful, and The Glorious, consisting of 15 Our Fathers, and 150 Hail Marys.
STARTING ON A CERTAIN DAY
As I recall, a lot of devotion had to go into making this particular Rosary. This was a very personal Rosary; therefore, you had to hand make it out of white cord for yourself. As I remember, the first bead knot was hand made on a certain day and you were to recite the prayer for that bead knot. (On what day? I never knew.) You would then continue to hand make each bead knot every day until the Rosary was completed. (Until what day? I never knew.)
WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN ITALY
Nonna, my grandmother, made one of these very "Special Italian Rosaries". I believe that she made this Rosary when she was a young girl still living in Italy. I have chosen to call this Rosary "The Special Italian Rosary".
ADDED COLORED RIBBONS
As I recall, the Rosary was made of white cord. When Nonna finished making her white cord Rosary she put colored ribbon in between the mysteries and then added the crucifix.
THE ROSARY CHANGED WHEN SHE DIED
Nonna was very devoted to the Blessed Mother. She requested that when she died that her Rosary be buried with her. My mother told me that Nonna said her Rosary every day. Over the years my mother noticed that the white twine had turned dark from handling and from age.
When Nonna died, the Rosary was placed in the coffin with her as she requested. My mother was surprised that this same Rosary was pure white. She said, "The ribbons were bright in color and they appeared to be like new. " My mother asked the funeral director if he had washed the Rosary. He told her no.
HOUR OF DEATH
I remember something else about making this particular Rosary, I was told that if you took the time to make the Rosary and perhaps said it every day, the Blessed Mother would be with you in your hour of death. Remember, this Rosary can only be hand made by one person for his or herself. It can only be made at a particular time of the year. So, you only have one chance a year to make it for yourself.
NONNA AND HER ROSARY
A Little History On Nonna Her name was Theresa Prestia
Linarello, she was born in Gioesa Ionica,Calabria - Italy in 1875. She
came to the United States. with my grandfather- Nonno, Luigi Linarello,
and they lived in Follansbee, W.Va. The Americanized spelling of the name
changed to Linorell when they came to the United States because of the
illiteracy of the English language.
I looked at the information that I had collected again.
I thought OK, I need
If I add one more day for the crucifix, it come out
to be 170 days. I thought, this is exactly what I was looking for 170 days
not 169. Realizing my mistake, I began to cry tears of joy.
I believe that the strong feelings that I was experiencing
were given to me by Our Lady. I believe She was the one who prompted me
to find this information. She knew I had been praying and searching for
information, on how to make that very "Special Italian Rosary" that my
grandmother made so many years ago. I had been praying and searching for
FEAST DAYS OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER
References found in the New American Bible under Feasts,
Christian (page 72) Encyclopedic Dictionary section.
MYSTERIES FOR COMPLETE ROSARY:
By custom, the following schedule for saying the Mysteries of the Rosary is observed. The Joyful Mysteries are recited on Mondays and Thursdays, The Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, and The Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays. Exception's to these are the recitation of the Joyful Mysteries on Sundays in Advent and the Sorrowful Mysteries on Sundays in Lent.
In my uncertainty and not having a calendar to verify if I was going to come out right I remembered a poem. I wrote it down, as I could remember it, and started to count the days.
FROM OCTOBER 7 - Feast of the Holy Rosary
MARCH 25 - Feast of the Annunciation
DEALING WITH LEAPYEAR:
The most recent Leap Year, at this point in time, was in 1992 with 29 days in February. I discovered that the Day to begin had to be the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, and that the last day had to be The Annunciation, March 25.
I counted the days left in October and then added the other days in the other months together. The total was 170 days. The year of 1994 was not a Leap Year and for this I was grateful. I was happy to know that I could begin making my Rosary on October 7, 1993 and I would end it on March 25, 1994. I was ecstatic, even though I had to wait several more months before I could begin making my Rosary.
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