Posts Tagged ‘habit rosary


Blog Updating

Because of my intense school schedule and the busy nature of post-novitiate here in Chicago, I haven’t had a chance to update this blog as much as I’d have liked. With a week before school starts again, I hope to add a little “flair” to the blog…and hopefully check in more often!

Another reason I need to update is because the needs and concerns of my province. I will soon be adding another page that specifically outlines the conditions I can make a rosary for someone. Unfortunately the Digital World is a great place for ministry, but is still filled with people who seek to scam or take advantage of the ignorance of others. I’ve had the chance to make rosaries for people in other countries than my own, but that may soon end.

If you’ve recently emailed me, I’ll attempt to get back with you about the particulars. However I will also include a link to the new standards I’ve been asked to use by my Order.

Thanks for understanding, and blessings to all of you who make The Holy Rosary a part of your prayer life.

La Paz… -vito


Skulls and Bones

Ever since my hobby turned into a project, I spend time looking at different rosaries and how they are unique. I feel like a new artist, looking for new mediums and materials to work with. By continuing to learn and explore this skill, I learn more and more about prayer, the history of the Holy Rosary, and even the history of religious life.

Bone skulls are an option for my Franciscan Habit Rosaries.

One thing I wanted to start working with almost immediately were skulls. I remember making a rosary and another Novice asked me: “So are you going to get a skull for it, too?” I don’t see many rosaries with skulls anymore, but they are definitely part of the history of habit rosaries.

Chris Langing writes a lot about the history of rosaries at her paternoster blog. She also has several articles about skulls and their appearance on rosaries:

A skull at the base of a crucifix, however, bears a special message. This is based on a piece of common European folklore about the Crucifixion. Legend says that the place where Adam died and was buried in the Garden of Eden later became the hill where Christ was crucified. (Modern geographers think that if there were actual places that inspired the Garden of Eden, they were elsewhere, but thus goes the legend.)

Further, according to the legend, the Cross on which Jesus was crucified was actually made from the wood of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden (therefore, presumably, an apple tree, if you think the fruit Adam and Eve ate was an apple).

I’ve learned that there are other reasons that skulls are found in rosaries, too. Momento mori, which means “Remember you must die,” was influential in art and religious life dating back to Medieval Europe. It has continued to be a part of Capuchin spirituality, harkening to Francis’ canticle, where he says:

Be praised, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.

After putting together all this information, I started adding skulls to my habit rosaries. However I make it an option; some friars don’t wish to have the skull, and others are concerned with the message it sends. One friar at a Mexican parish told me that he has to educate people about the cult figure Santa Muerte and does not want to confuse parishioners.

Either way, I think they are a nice touch to a habit rosary. But the important thing to remember, in my opinion, is that a rosary, any rosary, is a device used to offer our prayers to the Lord. What it looks like is less important than what it means.


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