Via Dolorosa

This song has been running through my mind the past couple of days, so I though I would share it with you.  =)

Amen! Thanks be to God!

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Handmade “Come, Holy Spirit” Decade Chaplet

Handmade Holy Spirit Decade Chaplet – Pocket Rosary – Tenner

The simple words “Come, Holy Spirit” have become one of my favorite prayers. There are so many times that I know I need the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit in my life.   The wonderful gifts I have been given–reverence, practice, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage, and strength (Isaiah 11:2-3)–are mine to be nurtured in the hope that they will bear the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23–love, joy, peace, patience, endurance, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.

This chaplet is a wonderful reminder to pay attention to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to remember to nourish our gifts through prayer and the study of God’s Word.

On the medal are inscribed the words “Veni Creator Spiritus.”  In Latin, this means Come, Holy Spirit.

One of my favorite Georgian Chants is Veni Creator Spiritus.  Here is a wonderful sample of that beautiful hymn.


English translation can be found at: http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Hymni/VeniCreator.html

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Two New Irish Penal Era Rosaries Just Listed

A Bit of History on the Irish Penal Rosary also called the ‘An Paidrin Beag’ or ‘Little Rosary’

The Irish Penal Chaplet was developed during the Penal Era in Ireland, which dates from about 1540-1731. At that time, the Church of England required a uniformity of religious practice resulting in the persecution of many Irish Catholics. Evidence of this era can still be found today in the form of monastery and church ruins scattered throughout Ireland.

Consequently, the possession of a rosary became a sign of rebellion, even punishable by death. The Irish Penal Chaplet consists of 10 beads (a decade) plus one additional bead strung on a cord with a ring at one end. The ring could easily be attached to the finger and hidden in the hand and/or up a sleeve, allowing one to pray the rosary without being detected.

Top photo link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60124711/handmade-irish-penal-rosary-with-celtic

Bottom photo link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60124044/handmade-irish-penal-era-rosary

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The Way of the Heart Retreat


This past weekend I went on a wonderful retreat in Northern Minnesota.
The book we used was
The Way of the Heart:
Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry
by Henri Nouwen.

The photo above is the beautiful full moon on the lake that greeted us the night we arrived.  The reflection on the lake created an illuminated path, which I saw as a message from God that He was with us and would show us the path we were to take over our next couple of days together.

If you have not read this little book, I would highly recommend it. Though the book is addressed to those in ministry, the content is applicable to anyone seeking to strengthen their prayer life.  It has been one of the favorites in my library for some time, and each time I pull it out to read, I find something new and enlightening in the message.

The form of prayer described in the book was new to me when I first encountered it only a few years ago.  However, it is an ancient practice that was developed by the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 3rd and 4th Centuries.  It was out of this group of devout Christian men and women who fled to the desert that monasticism was founded.

There are three chapters:  Solitude, Silence, and Prayer.  The last chapter talks about the Jesus Prayer–Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.  This prayer is the words of the Publican found in Luke 18:13.

As the Russian Orthodox Chotki uses the Jesus prayer, I helped the group make their own Chotkis.  Above is a photo I took of their beautiful handiwork.


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New Five Decade Rosary in Bronze, Porcelain, and Stone

Handmade Rosary in Bronze, Porcelain, and Stone

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New Decade Chaplets – St. Francis of Assisi and Sacred Heart of Jesus

Handmade St. Francis of Assisi Decade Chaplet

http://www.etsy.com/listing/59412880

Handmade Sacred Heart Decade Chaplet

http://www.etsy.com/listing/59413452

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Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, Physician, Historian, Artist, Author, and Revealer of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

When I volunteered to create today’s post on the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on our Etsy Rosary Guild Blog, it was because I have always liked Luke’s account of the Gospels.  For me, it is the most enlightening of the four.

It is believed that Luke was a companion of the Apostle Paul.  However, unlike Paul, he was most likely a Gentile and not a Jew.  St. Paul refers to Luke as his beloved physician and fellow laborer.

Of all the Gospels, Luke is considered to be the most historical.  I believe there is no doubt that Luke was intent in making sure the historical information from people who knew and followed Jesus while he was here on earth were not lost.  In fact, Luke’s Gospel includes six miracles and eighteen parables that are not found in the other Gospels.

Luke is also the only Gospel author to record the stories of the Annunciation, Mary’s visit with Elizabeth (The Visitation), the Magnificat, the Presentation of Jesus in the temple, and Jesus being found in the Temple after he was considered lost by his parents.  So, it is actually Luke who gives us the Scriptural basis for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.  “Hail Mary full of grace” and “blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus” are also from Luke’s recording of the Gospel.

Some have attributed early Icons as Luke’s artistic work, but whether or not this is true, St. Luke was an artist.  You can see this gift come through in his writing.

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The Privilege of Prayer

‎I used to see prayer as a spiritual discipline, one of those things you’re supposed to do.  Now I see it as a spiritual privilege, an opportunity to communicate with the Creator of the universe who loves me and gives me the ability to converse.

~Philip Yancey

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Google Liturgical Calendar for Catholics, Lutherans, and Episcopalians

Yesterday, I was searching the internet for a possible liturgical calendar that included multiple Christian churches.  I did not find one, but I did find this site that showed how to import the Catholic Liturgical Calendar to a Google Calendar.  Click here to see the link.  I was familiar with the Universalis site, as it it one of the best resources I have found online for the Liturgy of the Hours.

If you have a Google account, you already have Google Calendar available to you.  For those that do not, it might be worth creating an account just so you can use the Google calendar.

When I found out it was possible to import the content from the Universalis site , I wondered if there might be other sites that offered it too. The other two I found were from the Episcopal Church USA and Concordia Publishing House (The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.)

Here is a picture of the three combined.  I also included the option of showing American holidays.

These different entries are not just visible.  They are also clickable in Google Calendar.  For instance, when you click on the content entered from the Universalis site (shown in dark red), you will see this link shown below.

You can then click on the link in blue, and be taken directly to this page, which has even more optional links at the top.

This is what comes up when you click on the Episcopal (shown in rose) and Lutheran (shown in gold) entries on the Google calendar.

The Concordia Publishing House (CPH) Lutheran Pocket Diary shows the daily readings. Unfortunately, the Episcopal link does not.  The Saints’ Feast Days show up are the only information that shows up on the calendar.

Here are the links for all three Liturgical Calendars I found that can be imported to your Google Calendar:

• Catholic Liturgical Calendar:  http://www.universalis.com/calendar.htm

• Lutheran Liturgical Calendar: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=lsbsupport%40cph.org&ctz=America/Chicago

• Episcopal Liturgical Calendar: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=2kvle2it9mc2euapfr1lr2103s%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

I am still hunting for possible Orthodox calendars that I can import.  If you know of any, let me know.

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Prayer for Perspective

Lord, help me see things from Your perspective instead of my own perceptions, so that I may discern Your will.

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