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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Do You Know...



...the reason for the tradition of hanging rosaries on a tree?

Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them
that your strength lies."
Mother Teresa



Next to the door of the Loretto Chapel (where the miraculous stairs are)
is this small tree...literally covered with rosaries!

I tried looking the practice up on the internet, but didn't find any answers.
There were pictures...even of the same tree...
but no description of how or why this tradition came about...

Anybody???




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29 comments:

  1. Now, you have me curious. I will research it, too, and see what I can come up with. That is quite a variety of rosaries. Am interested, also, in knowing more about the miraculous stairs.

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  2. I asked my sweetheart, who knows a lot and has studied theology ...
    he says: "No, I've never heard of. I find but a nice idea
    Parallel to the Tibetan prayer wheels: the wind sets the
    Mills / wreaths in motion, thus leaving the prayer in the nature
    blow away. "

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  3. Very interesting...it does make you wonder!

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  4. please keep us posted. i've never seen this tradition before. so curious.

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  5. I have a photo of this tree with the rosaries. I just assumed it may be a thanks for a favour received.

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  6. Interesting practice. I, too, am curious about it. I have never seen anything like it before. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. No clue, but it make for an interesting photo.

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  8. I suppose one was dropped, hung up for safety, so someone hung the next one... Interesting photo, love to know the real reason.

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  9. I'll have to ask my son - he's studying to be a priest. (If anyone would know, he should!)

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  10. I have no idea, but it certainly makes a beautiful photo!

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  12. A old tradition, in my country Belgium and France same tradition with a trees,caming from middle age, during cholera..I agree not this tradition for me bur i am always surprise to see same people applied it
    see adress blog France+ fotos:

    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stambruges
    http://macewanata.over-blog.com/article-21433180.html "arbres loques"FRANCE
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wish_Tree
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbre_%C3%A0_clous "arbre a clous"
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbre_%C3%A0_pri%C3%A8res "arbres a priere" Belgium

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  13. Thank you Gary!!! Our dear friend Gary solved the mystery of the Rosary Tree... "Mexican superstition is that your rosary hung with prayer at an appropriate place will attract blessings for you no matter where you are."

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  14. http://www.fugitif.net/im/2554/index.php
    http://aupieddemonarbre.free.fr/arbreremarq/sortilege.htm

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  15. Rosary differents colors are more beautifull than old dress..
    have a nice new week.

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  16. I've never heard of that tradition... don't think I've ever seen a rosary in a tree.

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  17. I've never heard of this either!

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  18. Thank you Retriever!!!

    Me either William and RedPat!!!

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  19. I never have heard of this, will have to research. I love learning about these things, so interesting and means so much.
    I remember my grand dad had a rosarie that was so old and made of garnets. He went to the immaculate conception church in lousisana. I wish he was here and I wish I had listened more to him.
    betsy

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  20. Such nice memories of your grand dad Betsy! I too wish I had listened more and inquired about more of elders who are no longer with us...

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  21. Interesting and beautiful, all lined up.

    And the puzzle solved.

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  22. Wish all puzzles were that easily solved!!!

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  23. Lovely tradition and so glad by the time I got here the puzzle has been solved Chieftess :)

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  24. Thanks for the follow up on the practice of hanging the rosaries. :-)

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  25. This reminds me of the wishing tree I came across in Republic of Georgia:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13747968@N08/1468890836/

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