St. Pio of Pietrelcina
THE COLLECTION: ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA
The Shrine of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina relied on Ghirelli to achieve a challenging goal: the creation of the Rosaries of Saint Pio. The creative commitment giving life to this collection has been extraordinary, and the challenge was accepted with special love. Replicated in detail are the highest moments in the life of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and the result is unmatched, transmitting through the rosaries the very spirituality of Saint Pio. Introduction of these rosaries was published in the official magazine of the Shrine, and it became an unprecedented selling event.
The crucifix in front of which Padre Pio received the stigmata on September 20th, 1918 has been reproduced by a renowned artist who has transformed it into the Crucifix for the rosary. Nothing has been overlooked: the details aim for perfection, such as the blood pouring from Christ’s wounds reproduced in the Crucifix of each rosary, with hand-applied enamel done by skilled artists.
The stigmatatized hands inspired the creation of the Our Father beads. The stigmata of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, with enameled decor reproducing the effect of the blood pouring from the wounds, elevate the meditation on these Mysteries.
Special places characterizing the priesthood of Padre Pio are sculpted on each of the Our Father beads with high quality technique and refined craftwork. Our goal for perfection in every detail drives our creative commitment to a new level, and this can be seen on the reverse of the Our Father beads. Indeed, extraordinary manufacturing techniques permit us to decorate the little ostensory on the back with a white enamel Host in just a few millimeters’ space!
The desire of aesthetic perfection pushes on to the reproduction of the signature of Padre Pio applied on each Our Father bead — a detail found only in a true masterpiece. Likewise the Centerpieces, exemplary creations aiming for lasting beauty, show Padre Pio’s face on the front; on the reverse side is an excellent reproduction of mosaics from his church, Santa Maria delle Grazie.
“Look what fame he had, what a worldwide following gathered around him! But why? Because he was a philosopher? Because he was wise? Because he had resources at his disposal? No, it was because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was – it is not easy to say it – one who bore the wounds of our Lord. He was a man of prayer and suffering”. -- Pope Paul VI
In his following and imitation of the Crucified Christ he was so generous and perfect that he could have said: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20). – Saint Pope John Paul II
“But may I never boast except in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ." -- Galatians 6:14
“Like the Apostle Paul, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina placed at the centre of his life and apostolic work the Cross of his Lord as his strength, his wisdom and his glory. Inflamed by love of Jesus Christ, he became like him in the sacrifice of himself for the salvation of the world.” – Saint Pope John Paul II
“He sincerely thought of himself as useless, unworthy of God's gifts, full of weakness and infirmity, and at the same time blessed with divine favours. Amid so much admiration around him, he would say: “I only want to be a poor friar who prays.” – Saint Pope John Paul II
“Love our Lady, make others love her. Always say your Rosary and say it well. Satan always tries to destroy this prayer, but he will never succeed. It is the prayer of she who triumphs over everything and everyone. It was Our Lady who taught us this prayer, just as it was Jesus who taught us the Our Father.” -- St. Pio of Pietrelcina