Vintage Our Lady of Fatima Luminous Rosary - Glow in the Dark Prayer Beads
Vintage Our Lady of Fatima rosary that I found at a local estate sale. The crucifix, the centerpiece medal, and the chain links are all gold-tone in color and non-magnetic. The beads are luminous and glow in the dark. The crucifix has four spinning beads at the ends that also glow in the dark. There is an aluminum tag attached to the rosary that is stamped "Extra Strong Italy" and the back of the crucifix is marked "Italy". This is a used vintage piece that shows signs of age and wear to the metal and the beads so please see all photos.
the entire rosary is 23-3/4" long
the crucifix is 2-1/2" long x 1-1/4" wide
the centerpiece medal is 3/4" in diameter
Weight before shipping: 0.9 ounce
In May 1917 in Fatima, a small town in Portugal, three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, 9 years old, and her cousins Francisco Marto, (eight years old) and Jacinta Marto (six years old) claimed to have seen an apparition of a luminous lady who stood on a cloud in an evergreen tree in a pasture called the Cova de Iria, near the village of Aljustrel about a mile from Fatima.
Although all three children saw the vision, only Lucia and Jacinta heard the woman speak. She asked the children to return to the site on the thirteenth of each month until October.
The local authorities and some Church leaders made every effort to bring the children's story into disrepute. Despite this, on the 13th of October thousands of people came to Cova de Iria, hoping to share the vision.
They experience a dramatic solar phenomenon, however, the woman was visible only to the children. She appeared on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on 13 May, the Fatima holiday.
She called herself "Our Lady of the Rosary" and requested that the children pray the rosary every day, erect a chapel at the site of the visions, and proclaim the need for a moral life.
In 1930, the church approved devotion to our Lady of the Fatima and the visitors seen by the children were judged to be authentic. Twice during the 1930s and 1940s, Lucia spoke further about the apparitions. She described what is now known as the "threefold message of Fatima" that had been given to the children.
The message called for the praying of the Rosary, the practice of penance, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II visited Fatima as pilgrims.
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