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ROSARYof the BASILICA
basilica: a metting or gathering place


ST PETERS BASILICA: RBW.2901
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LEARN ABOUT 
THE 4 MAJOR BASILICAS
RBW - BASILICA WINDOWS
Found these faceted beads called 'Cathedral Windows' What is the difference between a Basilica and a Cathedral? Read below. 
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WHAT IS A BASILICA?
Basilica (Stoa basilike, or basileios).The term Basilica is an ancient term coming from the Romans.  During the time of Constantine, Christianity became the legal religion of the Roman Empire.  Architectural changes were made so the new churches did not look like the Roman public buildings. The 4 Major Basilicas were built during this time. St Peters Basilica (below) was replaced during the 16th and 17th c.
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(image of the original 4c St Peter's in Rome)
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Psalm 27:4-6
  4 One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the LORDíS house all the days of my life,  To gaze on the LORDíS beauty, to visit his temple. 5 For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble, Will conceal me in the cover of his tent; and set me high upon a rock. 6 Even now my head is held high above my enemies on every side!  I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and chant praise to the LORD.
(rosaries scripture inspired) 
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DEDICATED TO
THE BASILICAS OF ROME
Everyone SHOULD go to Rome once in their life. But all Roman Catholics NEED to make a pilgrimage to Rome! The 4 major basilicas of Rome each contain great art - masterpieces along with treasures and relics which tell the story of Our Lord, Jesus. Few early Christians could read so visual reminders helped them to know about and learn more about the Lord and his saints. 

"UPON THIS ROCK
I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH"
And the Lord did. He spoke these words to Peter (Rock) and on Peters death, the great Basilica of St. Peters, was built on top of his grave. We hope the information below will give you insight on seven of these great churches in Rome.

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~ ROSARIES ~

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available in (b) bronze and (s) sterling

ROSARY - RBW.2410 - click for details S. Pietro in Vatican (Major Basilica)
+ST PETERS BASILICA III - RBW.2910

crystal / topaz / moss - AVE BEADS: Beautifully faceted 8mmCrystal/topaz glass beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows'. Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality.   PATER BEADS: Faceted Fire Polish crystal glass Paters in moss green are capped with antiqued filigrees. Our third edition of this series - and the most beautiful of all! Very elegant. 

ABOUT ST PETERS: Peter was buried in this spot next to  Nero's Circus in AD 67.  In 324 Constantine built the first basilica over the tomb - giving life to 'Upon this rock I will build my church!" -  chaplet available.

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ROSARY - RBW.2420 - click for pricing Basilica of San Clemente
ST CLEMENT II - RBW.2420

jet / iris - AVE BEADS / PATER BEADS: (both the same as in traditional rosaries) Beautifully faceted 8mm Crystal/topaz glass beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows'. Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality. 

ABOUT ST CLEMENTS: Visit this 1st c house of Clement  where there was a room set aside for Eucharistic celebration - and tradition shares -  celebrated by Peter and by Paul .

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pricingor to order, click  RBW.2420

ROSARY - RBW.2430 -  click for pricing Santa Maria Maggiore (Major Basilica)
+ST MARY MAJOR BASILICA  II - RBW.2430 

blue / topaz - AVE BEADS: Beautifully faceted 8mm sky blue  glass beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows'. Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality.  PATER BEADS: Sterling filigree beads in the old tradition so popular during the 18c for Filigree Rosaries

ABOUT ST MARY MAJOR: in honor of Mary, 'Our Lady of the Snows' - the largest church dedicated to Mary in the world.  The Eucarist has been continuously celebrated here since the 5th century.  Chaplet available

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pricingor to order, click RBW.2430

ROSARY - RBW.2440 - click for pricing S. Giovanni in Laterano (Major Basilica)
+ST JOHN LATERAN II  - RBW.2440 

jet / bronze - AVE BEADS, PATER BEADS: (both the same as in traditional rosaries) Beautifully faceted 8mm Crystal/jet black s beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows'. Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality. 

ABOUT ST JOHN LATERAN: 'The mother of all churches' - this is the church of the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. No one may celebrate mass at this main altar except the Pope. Some of the mosaics date to the 5th century. Chaplet available.

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ROSARY - RBW.2450 - click for pricing Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
HOLY CROSS in JERUSALEM II - RBW.2450 

ruby / granite - AVE BEADS, PATER BEADS: (both the same as in traditional rosaries) Beautifully faceted 8mm Crystal/ruby red beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows'. Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality. 

ABOUT HOLY CROSS IN JERUSALEM: Relics of the true cross, a nail, thorns, title board - all remind us of what Christ did for us - are contained in this church actually built on earth brought from Jerusalem by Constantines mother, St Helen. 

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pricingor to order, click  RBW.2450

ROSARY - RBW.2060 - click for pricing S. Paolo Fuori le Mura (Major Basilica)
+ST PAUL'S OUTSIDE the WALLS   III - RBW.2060 
deep amethyst / granite -
AVE BEADS: Beautifully faceted 8mm Crystal/amethyst beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows' with textured Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality. PATER BEADS:  Faceted Fire Polish crystal glass Paters in a golden hue Our third edition of this series - and the most beautiful of all! Very elegant. 

ABOUT ST PAULS: in 330, Construction begun under Constantine who built a church on the site of Paul's tomb.  It was completed in 395. A major fire destroyed it in 1823 and donations came from around the world to rebuild.

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pricingor to order, click RBW.2060

ROSARY - RBW.2470 - click for details
San Sebastiano fuori le Mura
ST SEBASTIAN'S III - RBW.2470
moss green / lt blue 
- AVE BEADS: Beautifully faceted 8mm Crystal/moss beads from Czechoslovakia in a design called 'Cathedral Windows' with textured Pressed from the design of old glass bead  molds.  Very fine quality.  Granite ends give these Ave beads an heirloom look. PATER BEADS:  Faceted Fire Polish crystal glass Paters in a light blue. Our third edition of this series - and the most beautiful of all! Very elegant. 

ABOUT ST SEBASTIANS: This ancient basilica was dedicated to St Sebastian (3rd century martyr). The first church (4th century) was built over several pagan tombs outside the walls of Rome near one of the Catacombs .

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~ BASILICAS and CATHEDRALS ~
 ARCHITECTURAL AND CANONICAL
The Basilica was a natural transition used as a designator for early churches of special beauty and importance. It can indicate either the architectural style of a church, or its canonical status.  Architecturally, many of the early Basilicas had two rows of colonnades which divided the church into 3 parts. 
  (Floor plan of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine) 
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Each Major Basilica has a throne for the pope and an altar that is specially for the pope to celebrate mass. No-one else can use that altar without the pope's permission. All the other basilicas are called "Minor Basilicas".
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CATHEDRALS AND BASILICAS
But Canonically, A Cathedral, (Lat. cathedra,"seat", Greek kathedra , seat, bench, chair) is a Christian church that contains the seat of a bishop. A Cathedral, can also be a Basilica, (but out ranks them.) There is 1 Cathedral in a diocese for the seat of the bishop while there may be many Basilicas in a city or diocese such as Rome. The beads used in htis series are called Cathedral Windows and design is an old tradition. 

WHAT IS A DOMUS ECCLESIA?
When we were in Rome, we visited St Clement Basilica. The upper level was built in the 12c and below that was another church with a baptismal pool and lovely frescos on the wall.  We went down a 3rd level to visit what was believed to be the home of St Clement, the third pope.  The guide explained that during his time there were house churches, or DOMUS ECCLESIA especially during the times of persecution. 
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These were the first churches in Rome and where Christians met. They were the homes of Roman Citizens who hosted the meetings of Christians and were called  DOMUS ECCLESIA or house church. They still carry the person's name who held the property. Eucharist was celebrated in these house churches before the first churches were built when Constantine declared Christianity the faith of the Roman Empire. This included 4 still active churches' known and honored as the 4 Major Basilicas of Rome. 
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A  few of the earliest Domus Ecclesia are in association with the life of Jesus as in Jerusalem including what is believed to be the first house church, the home of Peter in Capernaum where Jesus stayed and ministered. See link below.
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The house churches carry a plaque or a Titulus (title) to set them aside from other churches and are collectively called Tituli and are situated throughout Rome. There are about 25 of these original parish churches, or tituli still functioning as churches today. Many are still preserved under these church buildings. A wonderful part of the history of our faith! Today, they are under the care of Cardinals from all over the world. 





~ EARLY PILGRIMAGES ~
OLD ST PETERS IN ROME
Above is an engraving of the old St Peters in Rome (ca mid 15c) originally established by Constantine along with 3 other Major Basilicas. 

THEY SANG, PRAYED AND ATE ABUNDANTLY
The pilgrimage of the seven churches in Rome is a very very old tradition and there are may works of art that picture this event.  The pilgrimage starts at St. Peter and proceeds to Santa Maria Maggiore by way of S. Apollo four El URA, S. Sebastian on the Via Apia, S. Giovanni in Latrine, Santa Crook in Jerusalem and S. Lorenz four El URA. In the 16th century, St. Philip Near brought about a new awareness of this old tradition.  On Shrove Tuesday he walked with a large crowd of people who, it is said, 'sang, prayed and ate abundantly in celebration' before the poverty of the coming season of Lent.





~ HOW PRESSED BEADS are FORMED ~
FROM 15TH CENTURY MURANO
This technique of making beads was recorded in Murano from as early as the 15th century. First, the glass blower would take a blob of molten glass from the furnace. It had a bubble of air caught inside.  He would then draw or pull the hot glass into long strips about 20 meters long. This took great patience as sometimes these rods were drawn to 1mm in thickness to make seed beads - called 'drawn beads'. The glass had to be of the highest quality to sustain such refinement so the glass maker had to be a master at his craft.
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TO BOHEMIA, TO NEU GABLONZ
The bubble of air became a long thin line as it was drawn or stretched along with the glass and just as if planned by a higher power, became the threading hole. After the glass had cooled, it was then broken into workable 'cane' lengths which are roughly 3 feet long. The glass cane was then re-softened and used as the fill for a two part mold which was basically a pair of tongs. If one was to go into the work area of an old bead maker, he might  see these tongs lined up on the wall as each produced a different pattern or bead design. This beadmaking process became very popular because of the variety of beads it produced.  It became a standard technique in pre war Bohemia (Gablonz) and then in Germany (Neu Gablonz)  according to
'The History of Beads' by Lois Sherr Dubin.



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