Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Special Rosaries

Lately I have been asked to create special and unique rosaries for individuals. Many of these rosaries have been the 15 and 20 decade rosaries and they have been ordered by Franciscan, Benedictine, and Dominican religious to be used with their habit. Many of the orders will "wear" these large rosaries attached to their habit so that the may pray the Mysteries of the Rosary throughout the day.

It is always a great honor to be asked to make these special rosaries. I was very moved by a note that a Anglican brother had sent with his order last week. In the note he reminded me that I was not only making a rosary for him, but since the orders claim nothing as their own, most likely the rosary I was making would be passed from one religious brother to another. It was a great meditation for me think of not only those who are using these rosaries now but also those who may in the future. What if one of my own sons ends up "inheriting" one of this rosaries as a religious?

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a Franciscan hermit living in Jerusalem. She asked me to make a Franciscan Crown Rosary with a Tau instead of a cross or crucifix. In addition, it would need to be only 39" in circumference since, as she says, "I'm a pretty short woman" and she didn't want the rosary dragging the ground or tripping her as she walked. Also, she wanted two rings attached through which she could thread her cincture for her habit.

This is a picture of the finished product and I mailed it today. I hope she is happy with it. I am pretty proud of how it turned out.


scmom (Barbara) said...

Love the Tau cross. Wish I could figure out how to do the knotted cross -- just can't figure it out.

James M. Hahn said...

I'm working on making a video that will show how to do it since so many people ask me. I'll post it when I'm done.

scmom (Barbara) said...

Thanks, Jim.

Rosary Guy said...

Jim, This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. Can you explain how you chose where to place the rings?

James M. Hahn said...

Actually, I simply did a search for the Franciscan Crown Rosary and found an image that showed rings in those spots so I tried to match it. When I held it to my side as though I were wearing it, it made sense as far as praying it. I'm sure the good sister will let me know if they are in the wrong spot.

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