† HTF 1963 VINTAGE "VIRGIN OF THE SMILE" & "ST THERESE BABY JESUS" BLUE ROSARY †


VERY UNUSUAL BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL
DATED 1963 FOR THE 75TH JUBILEE
1886-1963
WITH A BRASS
"THE PARDON CROSS ROSARY"
CENTERPIECE DEVOTED TO BOTH
"VIRGIN OF THE SMILE"
&
"SAINT THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS"
WITH
BLUE GLASS OVAL BEADS BEADS
&
SILVER DISC MEDAL LINKS
(NOTE THEY ARE ONE FOR EVER DECADE BUT ONLY ONE IN DROP. I SUSPECT THIS IS HOW IT WAS MADE. BUT IT IS UNUSUAL NOT TO HAVE TWO MEDALS ADDED TO THE DROP)
BEADED CATHOLIC ROSARY
25" (LENGTH) 33" (ROUND NECK)
THE DETAILED PARDON CROSS / CRUCIFIX IS MADE OF BRASS
AND MEASURES 2 1/4" C-38

OUR LADY OF THE SMILE

The statue of Our Lady of the Smile is a very special statue in the life of St. Theresa of Lisieux. It is almost three feet high and is made of plaster, which is covered by a special varnish that makes it look more like marble.

It first came to the Martin family when Louis Martin, St. Theresa's father, had completed his studies as a watchmaker, in Paris. After he returned to Alençon, he opened up a jewellery and watch shop, and a kind woman gave him the statue of Our Lady. Mr. Martin put the statue outdoors in his garden, where flowers and shrubs were growing. And there he would often spend his spare time praying and doing spiritual reading.

After he got married to Zélie,
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