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The Protevangelium account is a legend about the birth of Mary which was written about 150 A.D.
This legend tells us that Joachim was fasting in the wilderness while Anne was in her garden mourning her barrenness. Heartbroken, as she lamented her childlessness, an angel appeared to Anne and promised her that she would conceive. So great was her faith that Anne believed in the angel’s words and went to her husband to share this promise. They joyfully embraced. Anne did conceive and they named their daughter Mary (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Mary is: Wished-for child). These faithful parents dedicated their child to God and kept her from evil. When Mary was three years old, she was presented in the temple where she danced on the third step of the altar. The legend tells that “all of the house of Israel loved her.”
Joseph was named as her protector and was chosen as her betrothed.
A life of continual, devoted service to the Lord at the Temple meant that Mary would not be able to live the ordinary life of a child-rearing mother. Rather, she was vowed to a life of perpetual virginity.
This rosary was created for and is devoted to Mary, the Immaculate Conception.
We believe that our choices for the symbolism in this rosary are unique. They are distinctive in that they begin with Mary’s parents and take us to a legend before her birth. We believe that understanding and accepting this legend will bring us to a deeper understanding of Mary and the fact that God created her to bear His son. She had to be born without sin for she was to become the God bearer; Theotokos. Who, but a faithful sinless woman, would have said “Yes?”
Hearing our reasoning, we go on to describe the symbolism.
Simple white Czech glass represents Mary’s purity beginning with her conception and lasting throughout her life. White is a color which represents purity in faith and, with these beads, we also symbolize the depth in faith of her parents as well as their commitment to God. Brown stone Paters remind us of the sadness of Joachim and Anne as they perceived themselves as never becoming parents. This sadness, however, is flanked by 14K gold filled beads which represent the message brought by the angel, in the garden, and the light it presented. These little gold beads symbolize Mary; the joy she brought and continues to bring. As the center for this rosary, we have chosen a hand carved brown jade medallion. The work in its carving symbolizes Joseph, the carpenter who will become her husband and foster father to her Son. Still, beyond this is the fact that it is not a conventional Marian center. There is no image of Mary as the Sorrowful Mother or as an adult because the rosary is devoted to her conception rather than her adult life. An antique gold crucifix with gentle edges complete this unusually representational rosary which measures 21 ½”.
Limited to an addition of six
Your Immaculate Conception Rosary will be shipped in a fabric pouch and gift box.
$72.50 including shipping within the US
$87.50 including shipping outside the US
The Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sin. Under this aspect Mary is sometimes called the Immaculata (the Immaculate One). The doctrine says that, from the first moment of her existence, she was preserved by God from the lack of sanctifying grace that afflicts mankind, and that she was instead filled with divine grace. It is further believed that she lived a life completely free from sin.
Explanation of the Dogma: In Catholic teachings, the dogma is explained as follows:
1. The essence of Original Sin consists formally in the lack of sanctifying grace. Being preserved from Original Sin, Mary entered existence in a state of sanctifying grace.
2. Mary's freedom from Original Sin was an unmerited gift of God's grace.
3. The efficient cause of the Immaculate Conception was Almighty God.
4. The meritorious cause was the Redemption by Jesus Christ. It follows from this that even Mary was in need of redemption, and was, in fact, redeemed "by the grace of Christ," in a more perfect way than other human beings. Christ's redemption frees all humanity from Original Sin. The uniqueness of what Christ has done for Mary is that she was freed from Original Sin before ever inheriting it, while the rest of humanity is freed after it has been inherited from Adam and Eve. Thus, this dogma in no way contradicts the dogma that all children of Adam are subject to Original Sin and in need of a savior.)
In 1854, Pope Pius IX, with the support of the overwhelming majority of Roman Catholic Bishops, whom he had consulted between 1851–1853, proclaimed the doctrine in accordance with the conditions of papal infallibility that would be defined in 1870 by the First Vatican Council. Pope Pius IX defined ex cathedra the dogma of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December 1854. The Pope stressed that Mary's sinlessness was not due to her own merits, but truly, by the merits of her son, Jesus.
"We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful."
When you see yourself with a dry heart, without knowing what to say, go with confidence to the Virgin Mary. Say to her,
“My Mother Immaculate, intercede for me.”
~ Saint Josemaria Escriva ~
Rosary design and text copyright Marilyn Nash 11/2014