I was raised Presbyterian and am currently practicing nothing unless you count watching classic Star Trek every Sunday morning as some sort of Gene Roddenberry worship (he was, after all, known as The Great Bird of the Galaxy.) But I have always had a fascintation with the liturgy and history of the Roman Catholic church and I was a great admirer of Pope John Paul II. My collection started when a friend and her husband traveled to Rome for their honeymoon, waaaay back in 1998. When they asked me what I wanted for a souvenir, I replied A rosary from Vatican City! That's the white one on the right.
My collection quickly grew from there.
- The black rosary at the top, middle, is from Le Mont Sainte Odile.
- The purple rosary to the right of the black one is from Notre Dame (Yep, that would be Paris, France).
- The bright red rosary at the top left corner is from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The funky, colorful rosary in the lower left corner is my Bonaire rosary. I purchased it in Bonaire and it makes me smile because whenever I see it, I think of Carnivale and the color of my favorite underwater world. I think if I were Catholic and prayed the rosary, I would use this one to put me in a good mood.
Finally, there's my Eastern Orthodox cross. When my friend Eva and her husband returned to their native Bulgaria for a three-week visit this past September, she asked me what I would like as a souvenir. Without thinking, I responded A rosary! But then, I remembered that's just a Roman Catholic thing, not an Eastern Orthodox thing. Eva replied I'll think of something. She came back with a simple Bulgarian/Eastern Orthodox cross from the Holy Trinity Monastery at Cross Forest, Bulgaria. And I love it. I think it's the perfect addition to my collection.
Anybody got any Buddhist prayer beads they want to mail to me? Yeah, I think I need help.