The Magnificat is Mary’s song of praise about God that she said during the Visitation when John the Baptist leaped in Elizabeth’s womb and Elizabeth proclaimed that Mary was blessed and the Mother of God.
The full text of the prayer (also found in Luke 1:46-56) is below, but the most important line is the first: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”.
All of Mary points to God. His majesty, His power, His love.
It’s fitting that these royal and mysterious purple beads are used to point your mediation to Mary’s Magnificat. Instead of focusing on the usual blue for Mary, this rosary focuses on the royalty of Jesus, just as Mary’s Magnificat points solely to God and away from herself.
What in your life is taking your focus away from God? What do you need to change so you can say with Mary “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”? Take these distractions and idols to Mary and ask her to help you let go of them. She longs to bring you to her Son. You only have to ask.
Paired with these purple agate Hail Mary beads are white howlite Our Father beads to remind you of the goal of life – heaven, in perfect union with God – but threaded through with grey to remind you of your humanity – that we needed Jesus to be our Savior and must continually ask for the graces to become holy.
To finish off the rosary, the centerpiece is the Miraculous Medal (a beautiful devotion to Mary that is well worth your time researching) and a stunningly ornate crucifix both pointing to the Heavenly glory of God.
The Magnificat prayer as written in the Breviary:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”
At 16 inches long, with 8mm beads, this rosary is roughly the same size as your standard rosary. The rosary is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors, so it is super strong and will last a lifetime of use. While I do strength test every rosary, it is still a handmade piece and prone to human error. So, should it break, simply gather all the beads you can find and contact me and I’ll gladly repair it for you for free sans shipping and the replacement of major parts (if you loose the spacers, don’t even worry about it).
The beads are stone and have a weight to them, which I always find helps me really focus when I’m praying. They also take on the ambient temperature of the room- so in winter I usually find my rosary to be a little chilly- just another reminder that you’re praying! But they also quickly warm up from your body heat.
The beading wire stretches slightly as it is used (this is normal – it wears in like good leather boots) so you will still be able to slide the beads along as you pray.
Features of the rosary:
Center piece: 3/4″x5/8″ Miraculous Medal silver oxidized center piece with a slight blue tone
Crucifix: 1-3/4″x1″ detailed silver oxidized crucifix
Hail Mary beads: 8mm matte striped purple agate semi-precious stone beads
Our Father beads: 8mm white howlite semi-precious stone beads
Spacers: 4mm light grey-blue mother of pearl spacer beads with silver oxidized flower bead caps and black czech glass seed beads
— Have a particular devotion, size, color, or style of rosary that you are looking for? Send me a message at email@example.com and I’d be happy to make a custom rosary just for you. —