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rosary workshop - RDSP.21280, RDSP.2881 RDSP.2882  - St Paul
SPIRIT of LIGHT SERIES
inspired by Paul of Tarsus and the Jubilee of Paul  - 2008, who
traveled many miles by sea and land to evangelize the Word of God, Jesus!


RDSP.2881 - ('Road to Damascus' - Paul) - Swarovski
PLEASE NOTE TOP IMAGE DARKENED BECASE OF FLASHES OF LIGHT
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VISUAL SYMBOLS
IN COLOR AND TEXTURE
    We believe the RosaryWorkshop.com is being directed to make our rosaries a more visual and symbolic journey of the dedication than it has in the past. You will not only see more of this direction used in color but in texture. When you pray them, we hope 2000 years of history will melt. When you pray them we hope you will be more in touch with, not only Our Lady as she tells the story of her beloved son, but of the one to who inspired us - or the scripture passage that inspired it - opening up a 4th dimension of spirituality. 

GALATIANS 2:20
'I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me.'
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2 CORINTHIANS 11:24-30
Five times, I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.'
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Each one above tells its story in these visual symbols.  Especially note the Road to Damascus which tells the story of Paul's journey in color.

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A ROCKY COAST III   -   ROAD TO DAMASCUS    -   HISTORY
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 2000 YEAR - JUBILEE OF ST PAUL
According to historians, it is believed that the birth of St Paul was between the years of 7 and 10 ad. This gives the year 2008, 2000 years after his  birth - a perfect time for the Jubilee. He shed blood in shipwrecks, prisons and eventually beheaded, martyred in Rome and we hope we have captured the essence of the life of Paul in the dedication of these rosaries.  Our priest Father Corey weighed the top one in his hands when were first made it and grinned at its power. We celebrate 2 major feasts in honor of St Paul. the first is on 25 January, THE FEAST OF PAUL'S CONVERSION and the second on June 29 (Sts Peter and Paul).




~ ROCKY COAST III  ~
A LARGE, CHUNKY ROSARY
 This rosary is not for the light hearted as it is powerful and strong like Paul. In his travels he met with obstacles that would discourage most.  You know when you are holding this one! You will sense the life Journey of Paul through the colors of water, the sea-  and the textures when you pray.  So only in the actual holding of this rosary will its power and beauty speak to you. 
RDSP.21280 - ('A Rocky Coast II' - Paul) - Labradorite chunks
(when held in the hand under natural light, no white flecks or camera flashbacks seen)
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AVE BEADS:  Aves are from old, recycled glass and are very matte, not showing any small flashes of light (caused by camera) when held in the hand. PATER BEADS: 'Fushite' chunks of stone with silver or gold inclusions of mica/aventurine flakes that reflect light, making the hard to photograph.., Drawn from the earth by the hands of man, yet formed by the word of God eons ago  - We love their natural state, 'hand faceted', sometimes called 'mine cuts',  give a rare and beautifully simple appearance. 
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ACTS:27 29-31
  29 Fearing that we would run aground on a rocky coast, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.  30  The sailors then tried to abandon ship; they lowered the dinghy to the sea on the pretext of going to lay out anchors from the bow.  31  But Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."
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'HIM CRUCIFIED'
CRX.51 - HIM CRUCIFIED'
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ALL MEDALS AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
We chose this rare and beautiful crucifix from the early 1700s because of its size (2 in from top to bottom).  It is called  "HIM CRUCIFIED - (CRX.51) and also may be ordered by going to SUPPLIES link at top of page . Available in Solid bronze and sterling silver. 
ALL IN ONE LOOP' FOR EASIER PRAYING.
PATER BEADS: 'Fushite' chunks of stone with silver or gold inclusions of 
mica/aventurine flakes that reflect light, making the hard to photograph. Two below more natural.
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RDSP.21780.b
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RDSP.21780.s
all medals hand cast from antiques in sterling and solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina.
20 in.

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~ ROAD to DAMASCUS - ROSARY ~
PAUL'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN COLOR 
This remarkable rosary will NOT give the scanner its inner secret. What is it?  Color.  The pathway of colors, in transition, telling the story of Paul on the road to Damascus when he was brought from the blindness (dark into the light) ... 
 ... From black to red (shedding of blood - martyrdom), Flesh (stripes - woundedness) to crystal (light of Christ, the Spirit of Light ). Truly a beautiful reminder of how Christ brings light into our darkness when it is held to the light.
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COLOR CONFIGURATION / SYMBOLISM
(Starting in the center with the Swarovski Crystal Cube, 
go in either direction to follow the story path in color):

2 ANTIQUED CRYSTAL (clarity of the word),  + 1 FLESH (stripes, woundedness),
1 RED (martyrdom, shedding of blood),  + BLACK (road to Damascus, blindness)
- then mirror  imaged back to crystal through red, flesh and antiqued crystal.
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AVE BEADS: faceted gemcuts from Czechoslovakia, working from light to dark, dark to light to tell the story of Paul's conversion. (see scripture below)' PATER BEADS: Swarovski Crystal cubes from Austria.
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ACTS 9: 1-8
  1 Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest  2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, 2 he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. 3 On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. 4  He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" ...
 
 ... 5 He said, "Who are you, sir?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do." 7  The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one. 8  Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;  so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
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 THE EUCHARISTIC CENTER AND
 CROSS OF WHEAT TELLS US OF THE FIRST
EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATIONS SHARED BY PAUL.
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RDSP.2881.b
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RDSP.2881.s
 all medals hand cast from antiques in sterling and solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina.
22 in.

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~  ROAD to DAMASCUS - CHAPLET ~
ALL IN ONE LOOP FOR EASIER PRAYING
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CDSP.2881.b
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CDSP.2881.s
all medals hand cast from antiques in sterling and solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina.
5.5 in.

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~ HISTORY~ 

LOOKING BACK IN TIME
Like looking back into the time of Paul's martyrdom, this rosary tells the story of the mystery of Tre Fontaine in Rome through color. the red is the liturgical color of Martyrdom, thus Paul's death in Rome near a place now called 'Tre Fontaine' (3 Fountains). To the left of the pillar on which Paul's head was placed to be beheaded, are three fountains. 
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ACTS 28:16-20, 23-31
ACTS 28: 16 -20, 23-31
16 When he entered Rome, 3 Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. 17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, "My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem. 18 After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. ...
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 ... 19 But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation. 20 This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel  that I wear these chains." --- " 23 So they arranged a day with him and came to his lodgings in great numbers. From early morning until evening, he expounded his position to them, bearing witness to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus from the law of Moses and the prophets. 24 Some were convinced by what he had said, while others did not believe.....
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 ..... 25  Without reaching any agreement among themselves they began to leave; then Paul made one final statement. "Well did the holy Spirit speak to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, saying: 26 'Go to this people and say: You shall indeed hear but not understand. You shall indeed look but never see. 27 Gross is the heart of this people; they will not hear with their ears; they have closed their eyes, so they may not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.' 28 Let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen." 29 30  He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him,  31 and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
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AROUND THE YEAR 61
(This was believed to be around the year 61 - tradition tells us when Rome was burnt by Nero, he blamed the Christians and both Peter and Paul were martyred. Peter was crucified upside down and according to Tertullian in the late second century, Paul was beheaded near what is now called Tre Fontaine)
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THE THREE FOUNTAINS
Our elderly tour guide said 'when I was a little boy, you could still draw 3 different kinds of water from these 3 fountains. (Tre Fontaine) The city of Rome stopped the practice because the waters became contaminated as the City grew so it is no longer possible.'




~  YEAR of ST PAUL ~
 ABOUT PAUL OF TARSUS
JUNE 28 2008 - JUNE 29 2009
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CELEBRATING PAUL
 Paul was named after the first king, Saul. He was of the tribe of Benjamin and was a tent maker as were so many others from Tarsus including his family. It is not known if he was born in Tarsus and no record he ever met Jesus other than his experience on the way to Damascus. Paul was converted on the way to Damascus.  Augustus Caesar made Tarsus a free city, which made its citizens, including Paul, a Roman. 
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Tarsus was also on the trade route and when a water passage was opened up to the Mediterranean, it became one of the greatest ports in the ancient world. This gave Paul a jump start on his travels to follow. In his travels he met with obstacles that would discourage most men. He shed blood in shipwrecks, prisons and eventually beheaded, martyred in Rome at TRE FONTAINE.
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... PSALM 30:20,21 ...
( A prayer of a just man under affliction.)
 20 O how great is the multitude of thy sweetness, O Lord, which thou hast hidden for them that fear thee! Which thou hast wrought for them that hope in thee, in the sight of the sons of men. 21 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy face from the disturbance of men.  Thou shalt protect them in thy tabernacle from the contradiction of tongues. 21. O how great is the multitude of thy sweetness, O Lord, which thou hast hidden for them that fear thee! Which thou hast wrought for them that hope in thee, in the sight of the sons of men.



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