Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Religious Treasures" Altered Art Catholic Charm Necklace















I was so inspired to create a necklace with religious treasures like pieces of broken rosaries, medals and pocket statues and I finally was able to create one similar to a shrine. I found this wonderful pocket watch that I filled with vintage lace, vintage pearls, medals and a vintage pocket statue of St. Christopher making it a portable shrine that you can wear all the time.

I used vintage chain, turquoise beads and more vintage medals making this necklace a very unique and special piece.

ST. CHRISTOPHER:

PATRONAGE: TRAVELERS, TRANSPORTATION WORKERS, TRANSPORTATION, MOTORISTS, PESTILENCE, CAB & BUS DRIVERS, STORMS, SUDDEN DEATH, TRUCK DRIVERS

His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a "Christ-bearer" . He was a powerfully built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit's place, but instead of guiding travellers, he carried them safely across the stream. One day he carried a small child across the stream; the child's weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself. He then baptised Offero with water from the stream. Christopher's service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travellers, people who carry things, etc.


PRAYER TO ST. CHRISTOPHER
Dear Saint, you have inherited a beautiful name - Christbearer - as a result of a wonderful legend that while carrying people across a raging stream you also carried the Child Jesus. Teach us to be true Christbearers to those who do not know him. Protect all drivers who often transports those who bear Christ within them. Amen.

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