|a rose garden.|
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|Definition:||a rose garden|
|Usage:||pl rosariums, rosaria|
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pl rosariums, rosaria
For a long time now, I've been inspired to use vintage rosary parts in my jewelry pieces. Some of the crosses, crucifixes and medals I've come across are worn smooth; the details rubbed away by the original owner's loving fingers. Many a prayer has been said over some of these elements!
"Gifts from the Sea"
So, what's so inspiring about rosaries? They contain one of my favorite symbols, the cross/crucifix and also, one of my favorite jewelry making materials, beads. What a great combination! But, it's not just the elements, it's the meaning and symbolism they carry.
Rosaries and prayer beads have long been used as method for counting prayers. Rosaries, in particular, are used as a help in reciting verbal prayer and for meditation on the mysteries of Christ. These mysteries are divided into the "joyful", "luminous", "sorrowful" and "glorious" mysteries and reflect various aspects of the life, death and resurrection of Christ.
What is more important, to me, about the rosary is the idea behind it: a daily discipline of prayer. Not necessarily specific, repeated prayers but the intentional, daily devotion to prayer. Prayer is our connection to God. Without it, our spiritual lives suffer greatly.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonian 5:16-18
The word "rosary" originates from the Latin for "rose garden". For the focal of this piece, I used a piece of antique, filigree brass with a flower design...a reference to the rose garden. Sandwiched between this and two pieces of mica are pieces of pages from an antique, German Bible.
And, of course, the star of this show is an antique crucifix with a vintage holy medal, wrapped with more pyrite. This is an especially lovely crucifix, don't you think?
More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Alfred Lord Tennyson