The Divine Mercy Devotion is a powerful prayer that is simple, but oh so powerful! The olive wood rosary has smooth beads and a meaningful crucifix and Marian medal. The crucifix symbolizes the Lord extending forgiveness through the priest to the penitent. Quite an impressive piece of art. The enameling on the cross definitely is indicative of the rays of God's blood and water shed at the time of the Crucifixion. The Marian medal shows the beautiful Mother with arms outstretched welcoming back her children to her Son and on the reverse side of the medal shows the Prodigal Son. I plan to order the red glass beaded version of this rosary, as well. Quality work at a quality price.
I was inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II's dedication to Our Lady and her Rosary, as well as his canonization of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and proclamation of the Divine Mercy devotion. When I saw Ghirelli's beautiful interpretation of the Divine Mercy and our Catholic tradition of Penance, I knew this unique rosary was one that belonged in my collection of rosaries. The Penance and Mercy Rosary is wonderfully designed and executed in impressive materials, including olive wood. As with all Ghirelli pieces, the workmanship is first-class and flawless. I wanted to have this rosary for the Lenten period. Ghirelli made it available just in time. Great service, as usual!
I ordered the wooden rosary but this pearl ione is nice and solid. Will reorder the wooden rosary as it is for a gift. Love all the Ghirelli Rosaries!