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House of Gold

"Mary is called golden because her graces, her virtues, are of dazzling perfection, so exquisite that the Angels cannot, so to say, keep their eyes off her any more than we could help gazing upon any great work of gold."
Cardinal Newman

Litany of Loreto ~ House of Gold ~ Rosary

This exquisite rosary glistens with gold, sparkles with crystal, sings with silver! The Aves are 7mm gold-lined crystal cathedral beads, accented by sterling and gold, and Swarovski opal spacers. The vermeil-capped Paters,  custom- lampwork by Kalera Stratton, rain gold and silver on immaculate white. The rosary is joined with a sterling Loreto centerpiece --- a Via Rosa exclusive: Our Lady of Loreto on on side, and the House of Loreto (shown) on the obverse. The rosary is completed with 2" sterling Gothic crucifix.

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Litany of Loreto Rosaries


Mary is the "Domus Aurea," the House of Gold
by Cardinal Newman

W HY is she called a House? And why is she called Golden? Gold is the most beautiful, the most valuable, of all metals. Silver, copper, and steel may in their way be made good to the eye, but nothing is so rich, so splendid, as gold. We have few opportunities of seeing it in any quantity; but anyone who has seen a large number of bright gold coins knows how magnificent is the look of gold. Hence it is that in Scripture the Holy City is, by a figure of speech, called Golden. "The City," says St. John, "was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." He means of course to give us a notion of the wondrous beautifulness of heaven, by comparing it with what is the most beautiful of all the substances which we see on earth.

Therefore it is that Mary too is called golden; because her graces, her virtues, her innocence, her purity, are of that transcendent brilliancy and dazzling perfection, so costly, so exquisite, that the angels cannot, {16} so to say, keep their eyes off her any more than we could help gazing upon any great work of gold.

But observe further, she is a golden house, or, I will rather say, a golden palace. Let us imagine we saw a whole palace or large church all made of gold, from the foundations to the roof; such, in regard to the number, the variety, the extent of her spiritual excellences, is Mary.

But why called a house or palace? And whose palace? She is the house and the palace of the Great King, of God Himself. Our Lord, the Co-equal Son of God, once dwelt in her. He was her Guest; nay, more than a guest, for a guest comes into a house as well as leaves it. But our Lord was actually born in this holy house. He took His flesh and His blood from this house, from the flesh, from the veins of Mary. Rightly then was she made to be of pure gold, because she was to give of that gold to form the body of the Son of God. She was golden in her conception, golden in her birth. She went through the fire of her suffering like gold in the furnace, and when she ascended on high, she was, in the words of our hymn,

Above all the Angels in glory untold,
Standing next to the King in a vesture of gold.

 


 

The sumptuously decorated medallion shows Mary holding a branch or scepter of lilies.  The medallion rests on an impressive baroque structure, symbolizing the "golden house."  Two inscriptions highlight the Marian connection.  The glorious Christ utters these words, "This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I desire it" (Psalm 132:14).  The second inscription reads, "The Lord's glory filled the house of God" (2 Chronicles 5:14).  Both of these quotes point to the Incarnation.  Mary is the "House of Gold" harboring Jesus Christ; she is his "resting place."  Thus, she is filled with God's glory.

The designation "House of Gold" goes back to the "Inner Sanctum" of the Tent of the Covenant and to Solomon's Temple (1 King 6:20-22).  Solomon's Temple gave special distinction to the "Holy of Holiest."  It was all in gold as befits the dwelling place of God Almighty.  Mary is called "House of God" because she was the dwelling place of God Incarnate, and as such filled with grace and virtues, especially those of humility and purity. 

She is in her own right (as says the Lemma), "The house of the Temple all in gold" (1 Kings 7

 





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