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Miracle of the Sun
at Fatima

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In 1917 Our Lady appeared six times to three shepherd children; Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, near the little village of Fatima, Portugal.  She came with a message from God, the promise of peace, if we listened to and obeyed His command.  During her last apparition at Fatima, Our Lady, as she had promised, gave a sign that all would be able to see: the Miracle of the Sun

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"The sun, whirling wildly, seemed all at once to loosen itself from the firmament and, blood red, advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight." 

Via Rosa's Queen of Peace collection honors Our Lady with a special medal.  This stunning sterling medal, a Via Rosa exclusive, is exquisitely detailed: the kneeling children, the blades of grass, the fluffy cloud, and even the beads of Our Lady's rosary.


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Mirace of the Sun Rosaries, Queen of Peace Medal
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"The sun, whirling wildly, seemed all at once to loosen itself from the firmament and, blood red, advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight."

Extraordinary handmade lampwork captures the spectrum of colors displayed by the dancing sun --- a sign Our Lady gave for the promise of peace.   Firepolished 9mm rondelles, in garnet luster, mimic the whirling disc that began to hurtle toward earth.

In a unique configuration, the centerpiece is a Sacred Heart, and the Queen of Peace pendant is a stunning, 1.5"bronze  medal detailing the apparition of Our Lady to the young children tending their sheep. 

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Your rosary will packaged in an elegant jewelry box, 
with pamphlet describing the provenance and prayers.


Mirace of the Sun Rosaries, Queen of Peace Medal

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Vivid Swarovski crystals in the color "Sun" mimic the fiery orb that began to hurtle to earth ... and 70,000 gasps of horror became sighs of wonder as the sun retreated to the heavens once again.

These 8mm Swarovski rounds are partnered with bronze-capped handmade lampwork, which pairs the colors of sun and sky that day, layering vivid blossoms against swirls of amethyst.  

This one-of-a-kind rosary is joined with bronze 4-way cross, and completed with a bronze medal detailing the apparition of Our Lady to the young shepherds tending their sheep.  This stunning medal is exquisitely detailed: the kneeling children, the blades of grass, the fluffy cloud, and even the beads of Our Lady's rosary.

Beads by Kalera Stratton

handmade lampwork
by Kalera Stratton

 
 

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An Eyewitness Account
by Dr. José Maria de Almeida Garrett, 
professor atthe Faculty of Sciences of Coimbra, Portugal

"The sky, which had been overcast all day, suddenly cleared; the rain stopped and it looked as if the sun were about to fill with light the countryside that the wintery morning had made so gloomy. I was looking at the spot of the apparitions in a serene, if cold, expectation of something happening and with diminishing curiosity because a long time had passed without anything to excite my attention. The sun, a few moments before, had broken through the thick layer of clouds which hid it and now shone clearly and intensely.

"Suddenly I heard the uproar of thousands of voices, and I saw the whole multitude spread out in that vast space at my feet...turn their backs to that spot where, until then, all their expectations had been focused, and look at the sun on the other side. I turned around, too, toward the point commanding their gaze and I could see the sun, like a very clear disc, with its sharp edge, which gleamed without hurting the sight. It could not be confused with the sun seen through a fog (there was no fog at that moment), for it was neither veiled nor dim. At Fatima, it kept its light and heat, and stood out clearly in the sky, with a sharp edge, like a large gaming table. The most astonishing thing was to be able to stare at the solar disc for a long time, brilliant with light and heat, without hurting the eyes or damaging the retina. [During this time], the sun's disc did not remain immobile, it had a giddy motion, [but] not like the twinking of a star in all its brilliance for it spun round upon itself in a mad whirl.

"During the solar phenomenon, which I have just described, there were also changes of color in the atmosphere. Looking at the sun, I noticed that everything was becoming darkened. I looked first at the nearest objects and then extended my glance further afield as far as the horizon. I saw everything had assumed an amethyst color. Objects around me, the sky and the atmosphere, were of the same color. Everything both near and far had changed, taking on the color of old yellow damask. People looked as if they were suffering from jaundice and I recall a sensation of amusement at seeing them look so ugly and unattractive. My own hand was the same color.

"Then, suddenly, one heard a clamor, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed all at once to loosen itself from the firmament and, blood red, advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was truly terrible.

"All the phenomena which I have described were observed by me in a calm and serene state of mind without any emotional disturbance. It is for others to interpret and explain them. Finally, I must declare that never, before or after October 13 [1917], have I observed similar atmospheric or solar phenomena."

Professor Almeida Garrett's full account may be found in "Novos Documentos de Fatima" (Loyala editions, San Paulo, 1984)



Un Testigo Ocular
El Relato del Dr. José Maria de Almeida Garrett
profesor de la Facultad de Ciencias de Coimbra, Portugal


"Debió haber sido la 1:30 p.m. cuando se elevó, exactamente en el lugar en el que se encontraban los niños, una nube de humo, delgada, fina y azulada, que se extendía unos dos metros por encima de sus cabezas, donde se evaporaba. Este fenómeno, perfectamente visible a simple vista, duró unos pocos segundos. Debido a que no me di cuenta de cuánto tiempo duró este fenómeno, no sé si fue más o menos un minuto. El humo se disipó abruptamente y, después de un tiempo, volvió a aparecer, y luego una tercera vez.


"El cielo, que había estado nublado todo el día, súbitamente se aclaró; la lluvia paró y parecía como si el sol estuviera a punto de llenar de luz el campo que la mañana invernal había vuelto tan lóbrego. Yo miraba el lugar de las apariciones en un estado sereno, aunque frío, en espera de que algo pasara, y mi curiosidad disminuía, pues ya había transcurrido bastante tiempo sin que pasara nada que llamara mi atención. Unos momentos antes, el sol se había abierto paso entre una capa gruesa de nubes que lo escondían y brillaba entonces clara e intensamente.

"De repente escuché el clamor de miles de voces, y ví a la multitud desparramarse en aquel vasto espacio a mis pies ... darle la espalda a aquel lugar, que hasta ese momento había sido el foco de sus expectativas, y mirar hacia el sol en la otra dirección. Yo también di la vuelta hacia el punto que atraía su atención y pude ver el sol, como un disco transparente, con su agudo margen, que brillaba sin lastimar la vista. No se podía confundir con el sol que se ve a través de una neblina (en ese momento no había neblina), pues no estaba velado ni opaco. En Fátima, el sol conservó su luz y calor, y se destacó claramente en el cielo, con un margen agudo, parecía una mesa de juego. Lo más sorprendente era que se podía mirar directamente al disco solar, sin que los ojos se lastimaran o se dañara la retina. [Durante ese tiempo], el disco del sol no permaneció inmóvil, se mantuvo en un movimiento vertiginoso, [pero] no como el titilar de una estrella con todo su brillo, pues el disco giraba alrededor de sí mismo en un furioso remolino.

"Durante el fenómeno solar, el cual acabo de describir, ocurrieron también cambios de color en la atmósfera. Al mirar al sol, noté que todo se estaba oscureciendo. Primero miré los objetos más cercanos y después extendí mi vista hacia el horizonte. Ví que todo había adquirido un color amatista. Los objetos a mi alrededor, el cielo y la atmósfera, eran del mismo color. Todo había cambiado, tanto lo cercano como lo lejano, adquiriendo el color amarillento del damasco viejo. Parecía como si la gente padeciera de ictericia y recuerdo haber tenido una sensación de diversión al ver lo fea y nada atractiva que se veía la gente. Mi propia mano era del mismo color.

"Entonces, súbitamente, escuché un clamor, un grito de angustia de la gente. Fue como si el sol, en su girar enloquecido, se hubiera desprendido del firmamento y, rojo como la sangre, avanzara amenazadoramente sobre la tierra como si fuera a aplastarnos con su peso enorme y ardiente. La sensación durante esos momentos fue terrible.

"Todos los fenómenos que he descrito yo los observé en un estado mental de calma y serenidad sin trastorno emocional. A otros les toca interpretarlos y explicarlos. Por último, debo declarar que nunca, ni antes ni después del 13 de octubre [1917], he observado ningún fenómeno, atmosférico o solar, similar."

El relato completo del Profesor Almeida Garrett se puede encontrar en Novos Documentos de Fatima (ediciones Loyola, San Paulo, 1984)

 




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