Sunday, August 30, 2009

Infant of Prague Relgious Saints Medals Charm Bracelet





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 occasions 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. THERESE PENDANT CATHOLIC NECKLACE

Patronage
AIDS sufferers; air crews; aircraft pilots; florists; flower growers; foreign missions; illness; missionaries; parish missions; sick people; sickness

"Jesus, Your ineffable image is the star which guides my steps. Ah, You know, Your sweet Face is for me Heaven on earth. My love discovers the charms of Your Face adorned with tears. I smile through my own tears when I contemplate Your sorrows". “Canticle to the Holy Face”

I created this unique necklace in honor of St. Therese and representing her tears.
I used natural job tears seed beads representing her tears and natural garnet gemstone beads representing Our Lord's Precious Blood.
I added a very unique vintage sepia picture of St. Therese. I also added two small vintage Catholic medals as well.

Interesting in one of the pictures I took, it shows a white light glowing beneath her left eye. I don't take my pictures with flash- so it's not a flash from the camera. This light does not show in other pictures only in one.

When something unexplainable shows in some of my pictures I always interpret it is that we are given a message, specially for us to be more in prayer and in touch with our spirituality and also as a reminder They are with us.
I also interpreted this picture as she is showing us one of her tears.

VIRGIN MARY OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CATHOLIC BRACELET



O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
in these times of brazen impiety,
show again thy power,
with the signs which accompanied thy victories of old,
and from the throne where thou art seated,
dispensing pardon and grace,
in pity watch over the Church of thy Son,
His Vicar, and every order of the clergy and laity,
suffering in grievous warfare.
Hasten, O most powerful destroyer of heresy,
hasten the hour of mercy seeing that the hour of judgment
is daily challenged by innumberable offences.
Obtain for me, the lowest of men,
kneeling suppliant in thy presence,
the grace which may enable me to live a just life on earth,
and reign with the just in Heaven,
whilst with the faithful throughout the world,
O Queen of the most holy Rosary,
I salute thee and cry out:
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
pray for us!

This is a bracelet I created in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary using a unique large medal depicting Our Lady of Rosary and St. Dominic on reverse side.

I also added other vintage medals including a three way medal, Our Lady of Victory, and new medals include St. Benedict, St. Joan of Arc and others.

I also added a one decade rosary bracelet attached.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

some of my creations

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe Amber and Turquoise Catholic Necklace





PATRONESS OF THE UNBORN
THE BLACK BELT
She was with child because she wore the Aztec Maternity Belt.

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; she identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.

When I wanted to create another necklace in honor of Our Most Humble Lady of Guadalupe, I wanted it to have an ethnic feel and look to it.

I used a beautiful color vintage cameo of Our Lady of Guadalupe set in copper setting and surrounded by turquoise beads. I also added a large turquoise bead and amber. Crosses and other beads are turquoise color howlite beads.

I also added a copper tiny cross and a copper St. Benedict medal.

Virgin Mary Cameo Shrine Style Locket Catholic Necklace



I created this necklace with the inspiration of a shrine to carry with you and express your faith and devotion to Our Blessed Mother, St. Therese and St. Jude.

I used a vintage necklace from around 1960's and I added a hand assembled Shrine Locket of Virgin Mary and adding a tiny statue of St. Jude, Tiny medal of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal and Three Hail Mary beads from broken vintage rosary.

On other side of locket I added a beautiful picture of St. Therese

Thursday, August 20, 2009

St. Michael and Archangels Charm Necklace


The saintly Father Olier says that the angels taken all together represent the Immensity of God by their unlimited number and variety, whilst each choir and each angel in particular mirrors one of the divine attributes, such as God's love. His goodness, His strength, etc. St. Michael and the Angels by Tan
I wanted to create a bold and unique necklace in honor of St. Michael and Archangels and a reminder of their power and beauty and also as a reminder that we need their powerful intercession daily.

I used an old and unique ceramic face representing an angel's face. I also added archangel charms including St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, Uriel, Jophiel, Samuel, Zadquiel and St. Michael.

I also added beautiful ornate metal wings and howlite crosses. Also included a goldtone sword representing their sword and large ornate and vermeil beads represent their armor.

The angel face I decorated it with vintage pearls and a couple of goldtone and silvertone charms to represent a crown.

Vintage and New Milagros Catholic Necklace


On this necklace made of Milagros, I added a unique handcrafted pierced heart milagro with chalice on center of heart representing Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I also added smaller milagro charms, a couple of sterling silver and stabilized turquoise charms including a large howlite cross and a two sided medal of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Includes several peruvian beads as well. Chain is vintage

MILAGROS

Milagros "Miracles" are small devotional charms that are traditionally used in most Latin American Countries. These votives are placed in small shrines, church, nichos, retablos, saints or altars.

Milagros also refers to an ancient aspect of Hispanic Folk Culture: Small silver or gold votive offerings.

A person attaches a Milagro to a saint for a special request of a miracle for a particular aliment of the body.

Virgin Mary "Sorrowful Mother" Cameo Catholic Necklace

I created this necklace representing Our Lady's tears by using teardrop-shape mother of pearl beads as a reminder of Our Blessed Mother's suffering.

Cameo of Our Lady of Sorrows is set on a beautiful blistered mother of pearl leave adorned with blue rhinestones.

On the necklace I added blue Czech. glass beads and pearls.





St. Christopher and Saints Religious Bracelet

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.

On this bracelet I added a vintage St. Christopher medal with Paulus VI Max. Pont. on reverse side. I used other Catholic medals including, Jesus, St. Therese Cameo, St. Joan of Arc, St. Peregrine, St. Louis, St. George, St. Anthony, St. Jude and others.

Surrounding the medals I added beautiful lampwork glass beads and Czech. glass beads in turquoise color and lavender.

St. Anthony Shrine Style Catholic Charm Necklace

He is known as Miracle Worker


I created this beautiful unique shrine style necklace in honor of St. Anthony using a vintage pocket statue of St. Anthony and fit it in a antique colored locket and adding three Hail Mary beads from broken rosary and a distressed picture of St. Anthony and Baby Jesus as you will see in the bottom picture.

I also added a one decade rosary created with rare black tourmaline gemstone beads and vintage crucifix.

Necklace was created with mother of pearl beads and black glass pearls and ornate brass center and adding brass angels.
For my Catholic jewelry visit www.letyscreations.com





Tuesday, August 18, 2009

St. Anthony and Catholic medals charm bracelet

ST. ANTHONY

He is known as Miracle Worker; Doctor of the Church; He is especially invoked for the recovery of things lost; as well as against starvation,; patron of amputees, animals, domestic animals, the elderly, expectant mothers, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, fishermen, harvests, horses, lower animals, mail, mariners, oppressed persons sailors, scholars, sterility, travelers



On this bracelet that I created in honor of St. Anthony, I used a beautiful colorful vintage cameo and vintage relic of St. Anthony, surrounding it with gemstones like tiger eye and amazonite. I also used beautiful mother of pearl and golden glass pearls.

Catholic medals I used are vintage cameo of Virgin Mary "Mother of Sorrows, Jesus Christ and Sacred Heart.

For my Catholic jewelry visit www.letyscreations.com

"Precious Blood" One Decade Rosary Charm Bracelet


I created this bracelet as a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice for humanity and His love for us redeeming us with His precious Blood and as a strong testimony of your faith.
It represents Our Lord's Precious Blood. I used ruby red teardrop-shape Czech. glass beads to represent His blood.

I also added a vintage large medal of Our Lord "Ecce Homo" and other Catholic medals include, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal and others and a one decade rosary bracelet attached as well.

This rosary represents the "Holy Wounds" Rosary

By the crucifix I added a metal chalice charm as well.


Rosary of the Holy Wounds
There are many uses of rosary beads. The greatest of course, is the Marian Rosary, but there have been many other devotions that use these beads. One of them is the Rosary of he Holy Wounds. It has been given to us by Jesus, according to Sister Mary Martha Chambon (1841-1907)- She was a nun at the Monastery of the Visitation of Chambery in France. The cause of her canonization as a Saint in 1937.
Jesus made many promises to those who would honor His Holy Wounds by praying this rosary.
.At each word that you pronounce of the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, I allow a drop of My Blood to fall upon the soul of a sinner.
.I will grant all that is asked of Me through the invocation of My Holy Wounds. You will obtain everything, because it is through the merit of My Blood, which is of infinite price. With My Wound and My Divine Heart, everything can be obtained.
.My Wounds will repair yours. My Wounds will cover all your faults. Those who honor them will have a true knowledge of Jesus Christ. In meditation on them, you will always find a new love. My Wounds will cover all your sins.
.When you have some trouble, something to suffer, quickly place it in My Wounds, and the pain will be alleviated.
.There will be no death for the soul that expires in My Holy Wounds, they give true live.
.Those who pray with humility and who meditate on My Passion will one day participate in the glory of My Divine Wounds.
.The soul who during life has honored the Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ and has offered them to the Eternal Father for the souls in purgatory, will be accompanied at the moment of death by the Holy Virgin and the angels; and Our Lord on the Cross, all brilliant in glory, will receive her and crown her.
Our Lord also made a promise to St. Gertude for those who honor His Holy Wounds. She had a vision of Jesus after finishing her prayers for His Wounds at one time. There were golden roses on top of His Wounds. Jesus then said "Behold, I will appear to you in this radiant form at the hour of your death, and I will cover all your sins and adorn you with a glory like that with which you have adorned My Wounds by your salutations. All who do so shall receive the like favor".

Virgin Mary, Infant of Prague and St. Barbara Shrine-Style Locket Catholic Necklace

I wanted to create another shrine-style locket necklace. This time in honor of Our Blessed Mother, Infant of Prague and St. Barbara.
I used a vintage tiny pocket statue of Infant of Prague adding a one decade rosary beads from a vintage rosary and on other side of locket a picture of St. Barbara and a resin cameo of Our Blessed Mother on front of cameo.
To chain of necklace I added a beautiful center locket of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, One decade Rosary with vintage beads and center other vintage medals and charms and coral.
For my Catholic jewelry, visit www.letyscreations.com




ST. MICHAEL RELIC & ARCHANGELS RELIGIOUS 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 perseverance 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

This bracelet I created in honor of Our Glorious St. Michael and Archangels using a very unique figural medal of St. Michael and adding other archangels charms which include: St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, Uriel, Jophiel, Zadquiel and Samuel.

I also added beautiful ornate angel wings, a large turquoise beads and howlite beads as well as vintage-style glass beads.

For my Catholic jewelry visit www.letyscreations.com

Sunday, August 9, 2009

OUR LADY OF LOURDES LOCKET SHRINE CATHOLIC NECKLACE

I created this necklace as a shrine style using a beautiful cameo of Our Beautiful Lady of Lourdes on a gold tone locket. Inside the locket I added a small pocket statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus, adding a tiny medal of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, tiny cross and a vintage color picture of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel from a broken Scapular

I also included a rosary part. Locket, Virgin Mary medal, Sacred Heart of Jesus. Vintage and new charms and medals including an older rhinestone piece attached to necklace.

For my Catholic jewelry, visit www.letyscreations.com






Saturday, August 8, 2009

VIRGIN MARY CAMEO CATHOLIC HANDCRAFTED NECKLACE

This is another very unique necklace I created in honor to Our Blessed Mother as "Queen of Heaven". I used a beautiful porcelain cameo of Our Blessed Mother, embellished it with vintage rose, colorful rhinestones.
On the necklace itself, I used many beads, like gemstones, Czech. Glass and others and a beautiful enamel piece with butterfly and flower.
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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CAMEO CATHOLIC NECKLACE


In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; she identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.

I created this necklace in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a very unique way. I added brass embellishments to a resin cameo of Our Blessed Mother, an Immaculate Heart of Mary rosary center, Vintage Catholic medals, Jesus Christ Child, Angels, Miraculous Medal.

I also added a piece of a broken rosary which are ten Hail Marys made with Fresh Water Pearls and a real dried rose and other vintage pieces.

For my Catholic Jewelry visit www.letyscreations.com

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Holy Relic Touched to The Holy Shroud of Oviedo 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).

I created this bracelet in the out most respect and love- I used a very special and unique Holy Relic medal. Relic on back of medal has been touched to The Holy Shroud of Oviedo, located in Spain.

I added natural Garnet gemstones to represent Our Lord's Precious Blood and also included a One Decade Rosary bracelet attached of the Holy Wounds of Jesus.

Other Catholic medals used are vintage medal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, made in Western Germany, Infant of Prague, Virgin Mary, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Joannes Paulus, St. Anthony, St. Michael, Immaculate Heart of Mary. I also added beautiful amber color garnet gemstone beads and large smokey quartz gemstones.

For my Catholic jewelry visit www.letyscreations.com

Immaculate Heart of Mary Vintage Cameo Artisan Catholic Necklace

Our Lady of The Sacred Heart

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy divine Son hath given thee over His own adorable Heart. Full of trust in thy merits, we come before thee and beg thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou mayest open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek. . . . We can never, never be refused by thee, and since thou art our Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously hear our prayers and grant our request. Amen



I wanted to create something so different to honor Our Blessed Mother and I was inspired to create it antique-style and very dramatic and eye-catching to draw attention to Our Blessed Mother.

I created this spectacular cameo necklace using a beautiful vintage acrylic cameo of Our Blessed Mother Immaculate Heart of Mary. I surrounded the cameo with beautiful vintage lace which I adorned with lots of vintage embellishments including rhinestones, crystals, pearls and other finds.

This necklace took me several days to put together from treasure hunting, finding the right pieces to compliment the cameo and placing it all together. I was just overwhelmed with joy being able to create something like this to honor Our Blessed Mother.

For my Catholic Jewelry visit www.letyscreations.com