Sunday, January 29, 2012


In the tradition of 'Pilgrimage' this rosary honors the Pilgrimage to Medjugorje. A small village in Hercegovina, Medjugorje is where the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing since 1981 and giving messages to the whole world. We are all pilgrims as we travel on our faith filled road to be with our Blessed Mother and her Beloved Son. This small but unique rosary is a wonderful reminder of how powerful praying the rosary is.

The Blessed Mother said in a message to the whole world on August 25th, 1989:
Dear children, today I call you to prayer. By means of prayer, little children, you will find joy and peace. Through prayer you will be richer in the mercy of God. Therefore, little children, let prayer illuminate your entire life. Especially I call you to pray that those who are far from God may be converted. Then our own hearts will be richer because God will reign in the hearts of all. And so, little children, pray, pray, pray! Let prayer reign throughout the whole world.

This delicate heirloom rosary is handmade. The crucifix and rosary center are hand cast in solid bronze from antique and vintage pieces. The crucifix is an antiqued etched vintage piece. The rosary center has an 'IHS' and is from 18th century Europe. You can engrave a special letter on the back of the center. Attached to the center is a medal of Our Lady of Medjugorje with Krizevac on the back. The Ave beads are beautiful champagne colored Czech glass beads. The Paters are hand cast bronze roses which represent a crown of roses, a spiritual bouquet given to our Blessed Mother.

Pray on this rosary for your own intentions and those of our Blessed Mother. This rosary makes a wonderful gift. Rosary comes in a velvet pouch and is available on

Saturday, January 28, 2012


A dear friend of IHS sent us this pic. Each rare little treasure is handmade in the workshop of
from beads and medals that are unique and come from all over the world.  We are especially fond of the items that are made with  IHS pieces!
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Last year I went on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.....where heaven touches the earth.  We went with IHS312.  The group was led by Zaid of IHS312  (No one comes by chance, each pilgrim is called individually for a reason by Our Lady!)  and hosted by the visionary Mirjana.  It was a beautiful spiritual experience and the pilgrims in our group were truly touched my Our Blessed Mother and continue to share their experiences and their faith with others. 
I was inspired to make a rosary in honor or Our Lady Queen of Peace as a reminder of daily prayer and that special pilgrimage to Medjugorje.  IHS 312 shared it on their e-mail blast.  If you are considering a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, consider

Friday, January 27, 2012


Atelier Zovak is handmade artisan rosaries and religious treasures. Each piece is handmade in our workshop with beads and medals that are unique and come from many different parts of the world. The medals are handcast from vintage pieces in bronze and silver. These little treasures are heirlooms that can be passed down through the generations. The inspiration for this collection comes from a devotion to our Blessed Mother and we hope that you will be inspired and share our passion and devotion to our Blessed Mother and the saints by prayer and by using these prayer tools and religious treasures to inspire others.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012


Father and Teacher of the Young

In need of special help, I appeal with confidence
to you,  Saint John Bosco, for I required not
only spiritual graces, but also temporal ones, and 

(add your personal intentions here)

May you, who on earth had such great devotion
to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to 
Mary Help of Christians, and who always had
compassion for those who were suffering,
obtain from Jesus and His Heavenly Mother the 
grace I now request, and also a sincere
resignation to the Will of God.

(Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)

Pray this novena to St John Bosco for your intentions from  January 22nd-January 30.  No modern Saint has captured the heart of the world more rapidly than this smiling peasant-priest from Turin, who believed that to give complete trust and love is the most effective way to nourish virtue in others.
Lives of the Saints for Everyday of the Year

Friday, January 6, 2012



At Mass, there will be a blessing of Epiphany Water, and, after Communion, a blessing of chalk. Bring small special items of gold to have with you during the Mass, and they will be blessed if they are exposed as you sit in your pew with them (wedding rings, rosaries, an heirloom piece of gold jewelry, for example).

When Mass is over, you will take some of the blessed chalk and Epiphany Water home with you, so it's good to bring a container to transport Holy Water and one to put some grains of incense and a piece of chalk into. (Note: if you can, take and keep 5 pieces of blessed incense for your Paschal Candle this Easter.

When you get home, sprinkle some Epiphany water (otherwise and afterwards used as regular Holy Water) in the rooms of your house to protect it and bring blessings. This Holy Water recalls the waters of the Jordan, and is a visible reminder of Christ's Divinity, of Jesus's revealing Himself as God at His Baptism, when were heard the words from the Father: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." This rite of blessing the home -- led by a priest, if possible, or the father of the house if no priest is available -- goes like this:

Upon entering the house:
Peace be to this house.
And to all who dwell herein.
From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.
During the Magnificat, the room is sprinkled with holy water and incensed.
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the humility of His handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His Name. And His Mercy is from generation unto generations upon them that fear Him. He hath shewed might in His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our Fathers, Abraham and His seed forever.
After this is completed:
From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.
Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and  forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead and lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
All they from Saba shall come
Bringing gold and frankincense.
O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star didst on this day manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.
Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee-- Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.
And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light and kings in the splendor of thy rising, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.
Let us pray. Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.
After the prayers of the blessing are recited, walk through the house and bless each room by sprinkling with Epiphany water and incensing it.

Take the blessed chalk and first write the initials of the three Wise Men, connected with Crosses, over the inside of your front door (on the lintel, if possible). Then write the year, breaking up the numbers and the year so that they fall on both sides of the initials. It should look like this, for ex.:
20  C+M+B  12
with the "20 "being the millennium and century, the "C" standing for the first Wise Man, Caspar, the "M" standing for Melchior, the "B" standing for Balthasar, and the "12" standing for the decade and year. It is also popularly believed that the Kings' initials also stand for "Christus mansionem benedicat" ("Christ bless this house").