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That’s who you were, it’s not who you are;
not in His Eyes

Handcrafted; Heirloom, Keepsake and Remembrance Rosaries

“In the Beginning”

Genesis 1:1 – John 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:1-4, RSV-CE)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5, RSV-CE)

“The Light” shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (emphasis my own)

It’s because of “those words”; that this Rosary was created.  Words, I hope; that will always remind the prayer, that no matter what, “There is NO battle, NO struggle, NO challenge, NO darkness, NO ANYTHING; that “The Light” cannot, will not and has not overcome for each of us.  

The Rosary was prayerfully designed with a desire to help lead others to a greater “fear of the Lord.”  But what is “fear of the Lord?”

“The word “fear” in the expression “fear of the Lord” means awe or profound respect.” (FR Charles Grondin)

“[Fear of the Lord] does not mean being afraid of God: we know well that God is Father, that he loves us and wants our salvation, and he always forgives, always; thus, there is no reason to be scared of him! Fear of the Lord, instead, is the gift of the Holy Spirit through whom we are reminded of how small we are before God and of his love and that our good lies in humble, respectful and trusting self-abandonment into his hands. This is fear of the Lord: abandonment in the goodness of our Father who loves us so much.  (Pope Francis, General Audience, June 11, 2014)

The handmade Rosary was created using Aurora Borealis (AB) finished Lava Stones for the Ave Maria (Hail Mary) beads and AB finished, multi-faceted, “Teardrop” Crystals, for the Pater Noster (Our Father) beads to remind the prayer of the Glory, Majesty, Beauty and Omnipotence of Our God.

The Aurora Borealis (AB) finish adds a muit-color/rainbow prismatic effect to the surface of the beads, causing the colors of the beads to “change” depending on the amount of light and the angle at which it strikes the bead. 

The front of the two-sided, Silver, Holy Family centerpiece bears an image of Mother Mary, Father Joseph and the infant Jesus; with Father Joseph holding his “Son.”  Inscribed in script on the back of the centerpiece are the words, “Pray for Us.” 

The centerpiece was chosen to remind us of several Truths about the Love and Trust that God The Father had for Father (Saint) Joseph; entrusting into his care, His Son and His/our Blessed Mother.  God the Father, the Father of lights (James 1:17, RSV-CE), chose Father (Saint) Joseph to be His earthly “reflection” of the Father of Lights.  Father (Saint) Joseph is the perfect reflection of the Father of Lights and he helps us to receive the light of Christ.  Father (Saint) Joseph is a bearer of light.  He brings Jesus, the true Light of the World, to us. (FR Donald Calloway, MIC)

The beauty and uniqueness of this Rosary is solidified by the use of a Silver, Sunburst, Crucifix.

Purple, Crystal, accent beads were selected to remind one of the Divine Royalty of the Holy Family and the Rosary is completed by the use of silver spacer beads.


  • Aurora Borealis, Lava Stone, Ave Maria beads: 8mm
  • Aurora Borealis, Teardrop, Crystal, Pater Noster beads: 10mm
  • Crystal accent beads: 4mm
  • Silver accent beads: 4mm
  • Italian-made, two-sided, Silver, Centerpiece: Approximately; ¾” x 1”
  • Italian-made, Silver, Flared, Sunburst Crucifix: Approximately; 1 ⅜” x 2 ¼”
  • Rosary Length: Approximately; 23”