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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kateri Indian Rosary or Tekakwitha Chaplet

It was devised in the 20th century as a means of honouring and invoking the Lily of the Mohawks.  It is dedicated in honour of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, one bead for each year of Blessed Kateri's holy life.  Kateri, whose name means, "putting all things in order" and "moving all things before her" was 24 years young when she departed from this world, which she loved so much, and joined her beloved Ra-Wen-ni-io, the God Who created this beautiful world, gave her an immortal soul, and set it afire with a consuming love for Him.
It is an Indian legend that on the day that Christ died on the Cross, the woodland animals wept, their tiny tears falling upon the earth and crystallizing into the tiny Sturolite crosses.
Earth colours were very popular with the Indians.  Brown is the predominant colour of the earth.  It must have been one of God's most favourite colours.  The moccasins which Kateri and her people wore were also brown.
Red is the traditional colour of love.  Love runs in the red blood of all mankind, transcending race and colour.  God must have had a particular love for this part of the Continent when He coloured its first inhabitants red.  Indians have an innate love for all mankind as their brothers.  Indians believed that the crystal-clear lakes and streams were the tears of the Great Spirit.

Medal of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.  Traditionally, the cross is of Sturolite, Nature's amazing wonder mineral found in the shape of tiny crosses in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, North Carolina and New Mexico.  The first 8 beads are brown, the next 8 are red, and the remaining 8 are crystal (clear).
.......0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0
C M ( .......................... )
.......0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0

On the Crucifix:
Ask God to make Kateri a saint and petition Kateri to help you in your personal needs.
1st set:
Our Father (8x)
God the Father gave us this world in perfect order.  Ask Blessed Kateri's intercession before God to set this earth, our minds, our bodies, and all our problems in order again.
2nd set:
Hail Mary (8x)
Moonstone red is for the high form of love we must have for each other, and the great love that Kateri had for Our Blessed Mother.  Ask Kateri's intercession to Mary to form this kind of love in all our hearts, and to lead us all back to Christ.
3rd set:
Glory Be (8x)
May the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, through Kateri's prayers, restore the beauty of our waters, skies, forests, and air - the ecology of our entire world.

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