Thursday, April 30, 2009

Our Lady of Medjugorje Relic Charm Bracelet


On this bracelet I used a very unique figural medal of Our Lady of Medjugorje as well as a 3rd class relic medal. Other Catholic medals used are a vintage St. Therese acrylic camel, Archangel St. Gabriel, St. Sebastian, St. Martha, St. Rita and others.
To enhance the medals I used beautiful yellow lampwork glass roses and heart beads, as well as lavender glass pearls.


Our Lady of Fatima Soil Medal Charm Bracelet


O God, Who established the Mother of Thy Son also to be Our Mother,
grant unto us, that persevering in penance and prayer
for the salvation of the world,
we may be more efficacious in extending the reign of Christ in our days.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity fo the Holy Ghost,
God forever and ever.

Amen.



I created this bracelet with this beautiful and unique medal with Fatima soil encased on back. I added a beautiful vintage heart charm with flowers. Other Catholic medals I used are:
St. Michael, St. Jude, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Theresa, St. Padre Pio and Our Lady of Medjugorje. Adding to the bracelet Czech. glass flowers with pearls.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sorrowful Mother "Memorial" Catholic Medals Charm Bracelet


PRAYER IN SORROW

God of all consolation,

in Your unending love and mercy for us,

You turn the darkness of death into

the dawn of new life.

Show compassion to Your people in sorrow.

Be our refuge and our strength to lift us

from the darkness of this grief

to peace and joy in Your presence.

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.



THIS IS A VERY SYMBOLIC AND MEANINGFUL BRACELET

I WAS INSPIRED TO CREATE THIS STUNNING BRACELET AS A "MEMORIAL" BRACELET

AS A MEMORIAL FOR A LOVED ONE THAT IS ALREADY WITH OUR LORD'S AND BLESSED MOTHER'S CARE.

I USED A SORROWFUL MOTHER'S CAMEO AS A REMINDER OF HER PAIN AND SORROW OF OUR LORD'S DEATH AND WHEN WE LOOSE A LOVE ONE, WE TOO FEEL PAIN AND SORROW, MAYBE NOT THE SAME, BUT I ALSO CREATED IT AS A REMINDER THAT OUR LOVE ONE HAS ASSENDED TO OUR LORD'S AND BLESSED MOTHER'S CARE AND LOVE AND TO BRING YOU COMFORT AND HOPE THAT THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY THIS LOVE

I USED WHITE AURORA BOREALIS CRYSTALS (In the beginning when God looked upon His creation, He saw nothing but white light. The purpose of sending the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth has been to create a condition in which there will only be white light again) THIS IS WHAT THE WHITE CRYSTALS REPRESENT

BUTTERFLY
Symbolizing the Resurrection and the hope of all faithful christians of a new and better life after death

I used a 3D resin cameo of Our Sorrowful Mother, tiny figural pieta medal, Jesus Christ medal, St. Philomena, Our Lady of Guadalupe and a photo charm to add a picture of your loved one.

"Mary's Garden" Virgin Mary Cameo Bracelet

Madonna of the Grapes

I CREATED THIS BEAUTIFUL BRACELET IN HONOR OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER IN A HEAVENLY GARDEN

THIS BRACELET WILL NOT ONLY ADORN YOUR WRIST IT WILL MAKE YOU IMAGINE OUR BLESSED MOTHER IN HER GARDEN

I USED A BEAUTIFUL 1 1/2" VINTAGE ACRYLIC CAMEO OF VIRGIN MARY WITH BABY JESUS "MADONNA OF THE GRAPES

I USED A GLASS LAMPWORK GRAPES CHARM

(Grapes have many significant meanings in the bible and in christianity including fruitfullness, gladness, and ripe harvest. Not least of these the symbol of the wine our Lord used at the Last Supper to consecrate into his precious Blood.)

I used various styles of flowers including some vintage acrylic flowers and lucite.

St. Michael and Archangels Copper Charm Bracelet


"The very name of Michael urges us to honor this glorious spirit; it is a cry of enthusiasm and fidelity, for it signifies: "Who is like unto God?" Satan trembles at hearing this name, for it reminds him of the noble protest wherewith the bright Archangel answered the call of the rebel angels. Michael proved his strength and prowess when he fought the great battle in Heaven. From that hour he has been known as "Michael, the captain of the armies of God, first Prince of the Holy City, to whom the other angels yield ready obedience. They most willingly and gratefully recognize his supremacy, for after God, they owe to him their preseverance in grace and their eternal happiness. With loving submission, they receive from him their various offices. They are attentive to the slightest wish, because they recognize in his commands and regulations the will of God, their sovereign Lord and King.*


This is a very unique charm bracelet I created. I used a unique colonial-style St. Michael figural charm. I also used other Archangel charms of St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Uriel, Zadquiel, Samuel and Jophiel. I added a large turquoise bead on center, beautiful copper ornate angel wings. Adding all to a beautiful vintage copper chain.

Jesus Christ Cameo Catholic Medals Bracelet



This is a very unique combination I used on this bracelet in honor of Our Lord. I used a 3D cameo of Jesus and adding mint green glass pearls and lemon quartz beads.
Catholic medals used are Virgin Mary, Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Jude, St. Therese, St. Michael and others

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Motherly Love" Virgin Mary Cameo Charm Bracelet



I USED FLOWERS IN DEDICATION TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER

"FLOWERS FOR OUR BLESSED MOTHER"

What a better way to express your love to our Blessed Mother as with flowers and prayers for Her and Her Son, Jesus.

Rose: The rose is regarded as the "queen of flowers", and often symbolizes Mary, the Queen of Heaven. Also an almost universal symbol of perfect love, its color, perfection of form, and fragrance, as well as its thorns signifies Mary's role in salvation history as the Mother of God the Savior who was crowned with thorns and shed His blood on the Cross for love of mankind. The rose, arising from a thorny bush, also signifies Mary, the Mystical Rose


This bracelet I created in honor of Our Blessed Mother as a Mother to Our Saviour- now that Mother's Day is coming, a beautiful way to make Her honor as a mother.
I used a beautiful resin cameo depicting Our Blessed Mother giving such a loving kiss to Our Baby Jesus .
I used a vintage medal of Sacred Heart of Jesus, made in Western Germany, Italian medals, Divine Mercy, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Michael.
I added vintage acrylic and lucite flowers .

St. Philomena "Heavenly Garden" Charm Bracelet


PATRONAGE: babies,children, children of Mary, desperate causes, forgotten causes, impossible causes, infants, infertility, lost causes, Living Rosary, newborns, poor people, priests, sick people, sickness, sterility, toddlers, young people, youth.

I created this bracelet as St. Philomena in a "Heavenly Garden" I used lampwork beads, lucite flowers, and glass leaves. I also added a beautaiful glass lampwork swan bead.
Catholic medals include St. Theresa, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Patrick, St. Padre Pio, St. Rita

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Immaculate Heart of Mary Vintage Cameo Bracelet



I found several vintage acrylic religious cameos one being this beautiful one of Immaculate Heart of Mary. I set it in goldtone adding stunning lampwork beads with a lot of detail on each bead including goldfoil. I added other Catholic medals like Divine Mercy, San Martin de Porres, Virgin Mary and others. I also added golden glass pearls.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Infant of Prague and St. Christopher Altered Art Catholic Shrine Necklace


INFANT OF PRAGUE

The devotion to the Holy Child Jesus has long been a tradition of the Catholic Church for a very long time. This devotion is a veneration of our Lord's sacred Infancy. Many saints had a very strong devotion to the Divine Child, notably St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Teresa of Avila.

Prague is the capitol city of the Czech Republic, which is at the very central of Europe with Germany, Poland, Russia and Austria as its neighbours. The history of the Infant Jesus of Prague started in the 17th century when a statue of the Infant Jesus was brought into Bohemia (now Czech Republic) and eventually was given to the Discalced Carmelites in Prague. Since then, the statue has remained in Prague and has drawn many devotees worldwide to go and honor the Holy Child. Many graces, blessings, favors and miraculous healings have been received by many who petitioned before the Infant Jesus.

History

The exact origin of the Infant Jesus statue was not truly known, but historical sources point to a small 28cm high sculpture of the Holy Child with a bird in his right hand carved in around the year 1340. Many other Infant Jesus sculptures were also carved by famous masters throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

The popularity of the Child Jesus grew in the Baroque period in Spain which may have been caused by the visions of St. Teresa of Avila. A number of sculptures made in Spain eventually found their way to Prague. These sculptures were made of wax, ivory, and bronze and were dressed in garments reflecting the aristocratic fashion of that period.

It is unknown to this date which of those early sculptures that got to Prague was the exact origin of the Infant Jesus of Prague. It was speculated that it came from a monastery in Bohemia and from there it was obtained by Dona Isabella Manrique who gave it as a wedding gift to her daughter Marie Manrique who married a noble of the Czech kingdom. Later, the Holy Infant statue was again given to Marie's daughter Polyxena as a wedding gift in 1587. In 1628, Lady Polyxena presented the statue to the Carmelites at the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious in Mala Strana saying, "I am giving you what I most esteem of my possessions. Keep the sculpture in reference and you will be well off" (*FN1*). This statue then became known as the Infant Jesus of Prague. It stands 47 cm high (includes a 2cm base) and has a long gown around the wax body.

Shortly after 1628, the Saxons and the Swedes took turns to invade Prague and the Carmelites had to flee and the veneration of the Holy Infant ceased. It was not until 1638 that a young priest named Fr. P. Cyril, a Matre Dei, returned to Prague and found the Holy Infant statue buried in the ruins of the Lady of Victory church. Fr. Cyril cleaned the statue and placed it in the oratory for worship. While he was praying before the Infant Jesus, he heard the Infant Jesus say, "Have pity on Me and I will have pity on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you". (*FN2*)

The repairing of the statue's hand was a miracle since Fr. Cyril and his peers did not have the financial resources nor the know-how to repair it. Through prayer, Fr. Cyril asked the Blessed Virgin Mary in several occassions to to provide the necessary funds for fixing the Infant statue. The Divine Infant spoke to him again, "Place Me near the entrance of the sacristy and you will receive aid" (*FN3*). Fr. Cyril then did what he was told and in a few days time, the statue was fixed by a man who came to the sacristy to offer help.

Since the statue was fixed, a number of miracles had occurred and the word began to spread, resulting in a large increase of veneration to the Holy Child. This includes the Czech nobles as well. These early miracles were recorded in a book by P. Emerich a St Stephano, published in German in 1736 and in Czech in 1749 (*FN4*).

In 1641, an altar was built for the Infant Jesus in the church, and in 1644 a chapel was built, but was not completed until 1654. Many nobles of the time had greatly supported the Infant Jesus, among them were Lady Polyxena, King Ferdinard (Czech), King Charles Gustav(Sweden), and Bernard Ignatius of the Lords of Martinic. It is interesting to note that the crown over the Divine Infant's head came from Bernard Ignatius, who presented the Infant statue with a little gold crown set with precious stones and jewels on January 14, 1651 during a procession that carried the Infant Jesus statue from the Lady of Victory church to other Prague churches. The Infant Jesus was solemnly coronated on April 4, 1655 by the Archbishop Josef Corta acting for Cardinal Harrach III who was sick.

After that period, Prague went through more wars and unrest but the church and the Infant Jesus chapel was miraculously protected. In 1776 the altar was rebuilt using marble and two huge sculptures of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were placed to the left and right sides of the altar. The Holy Infant was kept in a glass case standing on a pedestal engraved with crystals, and surrounding the Infant were twenty angels in gold.




St. Christopher- Patron Saint of Travelers

I love creating shrine necklaces like this necklace honoring Infant of Prague and St. Christopher. I call them "Religious Treasures" because I use vintage items as well and is a great way to be reminded of Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and Saints.

On this Necklace, I added a picture of St. Christopher on the background, a vintage image of Infant of Prague, praying hands, three Hail Mary beads from a broken Rosary.

I use a lot of beads from broken rosaries in my necklaces because some are beyond repair, specially if they are missing beads or are vintage and what a better way to use them and carry with you when someone has used them for prayer, I feel is a blessing.

I also used a vintage medal made in Western Germany of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal and Sacred Heart of Jesus, a vintage Virgin Mary brass medal, a vintage Crucifix, other vintage rosary parts which are ten Hail Mary and one having one Our Father bead.

I also used turquoise beads and lampwork beads.

JESUS RELIC CATHOLIC MEDALS RELIGIOUS CHARM BRACELET



The Holy Shroud of Oviedo

The Sudarium is referred to in John 20:5-8.

The Sudarium of Oviedo, or Shroud of Oviedo, is a bloodstained cloth, 34" x 21", kept in the cathedral of Oviedo, Spain and claimed to be the cloth that was wrapped around the head of Jesus of Nazareth after he died (Head-veil of Christ).

ADORABLE FACE OF JESUS
Adorable Face of Jesus, whom all the angels adore,

may You be known, loved and adored by the whole world.

Sacred Face of Jesus, I desire to love and honor You more and more,

in reparation for the many sins committed before You.

O Sacred Face of Jesus veiled in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar;

I Adore You and Love You.

I feel so blessed to have been able to touch and own one of this special relics, literally, tears roll down my cheeks when I touch this medal and start creating a bracelet in the honor of Our Lord. I cannot imagine what He had to endure for us, the pain and distress.
I create a bracelet with the out most respect and love for Our Lord and I use the relic medal in my bracelets because I want it to be a constant reminder to the wearer of Our Lord's ultimate sacrifice and not just place the medal in a jewelry box or out of sight.

I also used a 14K goldplated medal of Our Lady of Fatima, a vintage medal of Sacred Heart of Jesus, made in Western Germany, St. Michael, St. Theresa, Virgin Mary, Miraculous Medal.
I used natural ruby jade teardrop-shape beads to represent Our Lord's blood. I also used cream color pearls and Czech. glass beads.
Let this bracelet be a reminder of Our Lord's suffering and ultimate sacrifice.

ST. PADRE PIO CROSS RELIC CHARM BRACELET



FATHER PIO ( visible sign in his body of Christ Passion)

In September 1918, while praying before a cross, he received the stigmata and the first priest ever to be so blessed.

I. O my Jesus, You have said "Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, You have said "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you" Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, You have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away". Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of...Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail Holy Queen and add St. Joseph, foster Father of Jesus, pray for us.

This novena was recited daily by St. Pio

"Yes, I love the cross and only the cross. I love it because I see it always on the shoulders of Jesus. Now Jesus sees clearly that all my life and all my heart is vowed to Him and to His sufferings" - Padre Pio

I found this very unique and wonderful cross relic of St. Padre Pio and I was able to create a special bracelet in his honor using his relic. I know sometimes he prefers dark colors and sometimes he likes the brighter ones. When I say he likes, is because there are times I can almost feel his presence or his personality, very playful, like joking at times.
On this bracelet I used two tone medals, goldtone and silvertone oxidized all made in Italy. I added Virgin Mary, Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Cure D'Ars, St. Theresa, Stations of the cross. The beads I used are a very unique combination as well, which is amber color glass lampwork hearts, black and gold foil lampwork beads and teal color Czech. glass beads to give it a spark of color to the bracelet. I am very happy with the outcome.







OUR LADY OF CZESTECHOWA CATHOLIC SAINTS BRACELET

The Black Madonna of Czestochowa The Icon was, according to legend, painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a cypress table top from the house of the Holy Family. The picture shows the Madonna in fleur de lys robes.

The painting displays a traditional composition derived from the icons of Eastern Orthodoxy. The Virgin Mary is shown as the "Hodegetria" ("One Who Shows the Way"). In it the Virgin directs attention away from herself, gesturing with her right hand toward Jesus as the source of salvation. In turn, the child extends his right hand toward the viewer in blessing while holding a book of gospels in his left hand.

One of the oldest documents from Jasna Góra states that the picture travelled from Jerusalem, via Constantinople, to finally reach Czestochowa in August 1382. The Black Madonna is credited with miraculously saving the monastery of Jasna Gó ra (English: Bright Mount) from a Swedish 17th Century invasion, The Deluge, which actually changed the course of the war. This event led King Jan Kazimierz to "crown" Our Lady of Czestochowa ("the Black Madonna") as Queen and Protector of Poland in the cathedral of Lwó w on April 1, 1656. This legend was however created much later than the actual events, as in reality the icon had been taken away well in advance so as to prevent it from falling into the hands of the advancing Swedish army.

Another legend concerning the Black Madonna of Czestochowa is that the presence of the holy painting saved its church from being destroyed in a fire, but not before the flames darkened the fleshtone pigments. The legend concerning the two scars on the Black Madonna's right cheek is that a Hussite robber drew his sword upon the image and inflicted two deep strikes. When the robber tried to inflict a third strike, he fell to the ground and squirmed in agony until his death. Despite past attempts to repair these scars, they had always reappeared.*


*Wikipedia

I created this bracelet in honor of Our Lady of Czestechowa using a 3rd class relic medal of Our Lady and using flowers as well as an offering

"FLOWERS FOR OUR BLESSED MOTHER"

What a better way to express your love to our Blessed Mother as with flowers and prayers for Her and Her Son, Jesus.

Other Catholic medals I used are: St. Theresa, Divine Child, Our Lady of Knock, St. Patrick, St. Benedict and others. I enhaced all the medals with beautiful two-tone glass lampwork heart beads to also add to the color of the flowers.

"PRECIOUS BLOOD" CRUCIFIXION CATHOLIC MEDALS BRACELET

Christ did not yield up His life until He had accomplished the work He came to do, and with His parting breath He exclaimed, "It is finished." (John 19:30).

THIS BRACELET HAS BEEN HANDCRAFTED AS A REMINDER OF JESUS' SACRIFICE FOR HUMANITY AND HIS LOVE FOR US REDEEMING US WITH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD

ALSO A REMINDER OF HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION

I CREATED AS A STRONG TESTIMONY OF OUR FAITH
I USED A VERY UNIQUE CRUCIFIXION CROSS AS WELL A CROSS DEPICTING A RISEN CHRIST- I ALSO USED RED RUBY QUARTZ BEADS TO REPRESENT "HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD" AS WELL AS RED CZECH. GLASS TEARDROP-SHAPE BEADS TO REPRESENT HIS DROPS OF BLOOD.
OTHER CATHOLIC MEDALS I ALSO USED ARE; ST. BENEDICT, HOLY SPIRIT, ARCHANGEL ST. RAPHAEL, ST. JOSEPH, ST. THERESA, ST. GEORGE.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

St. Michael and Archangels Charm Bracelet

GOD'S MARSHALL

(Name means, "Who is like God" Glorious Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ)

"The very name of Michael urges us to honor this glorious spirit; it is a cry of enthusiasm and fidelity, for it signifies: "Who is like unto God?" Satan trembles at hearing this name, for it reminds him of the noble protest wherewith the bright Archangel answered the call of the rebel angels. Michael proved his strength and prowess when he fought the great battle in Heaven. From that hour he has been known as "Michael, the captain of the armies of God, first Prince of the Holy City, to whom the other angels yield ready obedience. They most willingly and gratefully recognize his supremacy, for after God, they owe to him their preseverance in grace and their eternal happiness. With loving submission, they receive from him their various offices. They are attentive to the slightest wish, because they recognize in his commands and regulations the will of God, their sovereign Lord and King.*

* St. Michael and the angels

Prayer to Saint Michael

Dear Saint Michael, your name means, "Who is like God?" and it indicates that you remained faithful when others rebelled against God. Help police officers in our day who strive to stem the rebellion and evil that are rampant on all sides. Keep them faithful to their God as well as to their country and their fellow human beings. Amen.

"Hail, bright Archangel, Prince of Heaven! Spirit divinely strong!

To whose rare merit hath been given to head the angelic throng".


I created this bracelet this bracelet in honor of St. Michael and Archangels including St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, Uriel, Jophiel, Zadquiel and Samuel. I used a St. Michael 3rd class relic medal as well as a large well detailed medal of St. Michael.
I used some beautiful antique style and look glass beads to represent Their strength.





Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Bracelet


Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or of the Scapular

July 16

The Church celebrates on this day the feast of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. The scapular, which derives its name from the Latin word scapular, meaning shoulders, is a dress which covers the shoulders. It is mentioned in the rule of Saint Benedict as worn by monks over their other dress when they were at work, and it now forms a regular part of the religious dress in the old Orders. But it is best known among Catholics as the name of two little pieces of cloth worn out of devotion to the Blessed Virgin over the shoulders, under the ordinary garb, and connected by strings. The devotion of the scapular, now almost universal in the Catholic Church, began with the Carmelites. The history of its origin is as follows: During the thirteenth century the Carmelite Order suffered great persecution, and July 16, 1251, while Saint Simon Stock, then general of the Order, was at prayer, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him, holding in her hand a scapular. Giving it to the saint, she said,

"Receive, my dear son, this scapular of thy Order, as the distinctive sign of my confraternity, and the mark of the privilege which I have obtained for thee and the children of Carmel. It is a sign of salvation, a safeguard in danger, and a special pledge of peace and protection till the end of time. Whosoever dies wearing this shall be preserved from eternal flames."


PRAYER

O Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein You are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand Your power.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.


I created this bracelet in honor to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel using this beautiful picture with Baby Jesus. I usually take several pictures of the same bracelet to choose the best ones to place in my listings. When I arranged the bracelet on an amethyst stone and began taking pictures and when I uploaded the pictures I noticed something in the medal, like a white glowing in it then on the second picture it shows a different image, like the image already formed.


These are the enlarged pictures. What I was amazed to see, on the last enlarged picture is of what appeared to be a man, but I realized that resembles an icon of St. Michael that I have with Him holding a round shield and raising his hand with a sword. I can't really say it is, but it does resembles him a lot.
I use it as a reminder that they are so close to us that we must pay more attention to their appearances and only a prayer away.