OLIVE WOOD ROSARY FROM THE HOLY LAND
Our olive wood rosaries are handmade with love in Bethlehem by local Catholic artisans. Your purchase helps support their livelihood and existence in the Holy Land.
Nothing beats the feel and durability of premium-quality handmade olive wood rosaries from the Holy Land! The rosary is the spiritual weapon against the enemy, and choosing a wooden one, with its unique grain synonymous with the olive wood, is the perfect decision. A rosary typically comprises of a crucifix, one larger bead, three small beads, another larger bead, and then a medal. After the medal, there is normally a larger bead again, followed by a group of 10 smaller beads. Old City Jerusalem Gifts offers a wide variety of rosary beads, cords, and medals to choose from, and you can even find an olive wood rosary fitted with a comfort cross. Talk about topping up the power of your prayer through Mary!
As you pray the Rosary, tracking each prayer with your olive wood rosary, you will begin with the Apostle’s Creed, a summary of the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father section that introduces each mystery is taken from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary.
The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each mystery. There are four mysteries, and these include the Joyful mysteries, Sorrowful mysteries, Glorious mysteries, and Luminous mysteries. The Joyful mysteries acknowledge the following: Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation in the Temple, and Finding in the Temple. The Sorrowful Mysteries are the Agony in the Garden, scourging at the Pillar, Crowning with the Thorns, Carrying of the Cross, and the Crucifixion and Death. The Glorious Mysteries include the Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption and the Coronation of Mary. Finally, the Luminous mysteries include the Baptism of Christ in Jordan, Wedding Feast at Cana, Jesus Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist.
With such a powerful prayer focus, one will realize that praying the Rosary is not just a ritual. It is a solemn action that is expected to bear fruits of adoration, faith, hope, desire for holiness, conversion, and openness to the Holy Spirit. The gentle repetition of the words as you acknowledge and recite mystery by mystery will cause one to enter into a meditative mode, whether one is praying the Rosary by oneself or in a group.
Your investment in a beautiful, uniquely designed olive wood rosary from the Holy Land will pay off, especially since you will also be able to use the rosary script as a guide for other Catholic prayers, related to the challenges or celebrations in your life. Similarly, having this sacred object close to you will also be sure to increase your faith as you connect with God through Mary. If not for you, this olive wood rosary will certainly make a meaningful gift for someone special.