Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa


“Lay woman from the diocese of Braga. At age 14 Alexandrina jumped from a window to escape a rapist; she was injured in the fall, paralyzed, and was bed-ridden for the rest of her life. Member of the Salesian Cooperators. Mystic and visionary. The last 13 years of her life she had the gift of inedia, living solely off daily Communion.
[Alexandrina Maria da Costa]
Feast Day:  October 13
4th Seer of Fatima
Uniting our sufferings to Christ Jesus on the Cross is so important in our lives today, don’t forget that this is a prayer that will do much more then you know.  Pray the Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears uniting your sufferings to Jesus Christ Crucified.  All at the foot of the altar where graces flow.


Blessed Alexandrina da Costa
        My Protectress
By Alexandrina Society Founder – Francis Reynolds
Alexandrina, as an unworthy sinner I ask you
To place me on a path of salvation,
To save my soul and help with your mission
Of saving other souls for God.
I implore you to plead for me
As I beg the grace to be holy,
To be pure, to be kind and to do
Only what is pleasing to God.
Then God will dwell in me and His blood
Will flow in my veins with my blood
And His Flesh will be with my flesh
And I will be with Jesus forever.
Oh, sweet and gentle Alexandrina, God gave
You power equal to that of the all-powerful and
Appointed you protectress of mankind. I ask you
To intercede for me in my time of need and protect
Me spiritually, physically and mentally through this
day/night through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen

Read more: 
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Reflections from a Poor Clare Colettine Sister on the Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears

From the heart of a  Poor Clare Sister
November 7, 2009

The Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears immediately evokes in one the story and imagery of Hannah in the Bible.  In (I Samuel 1) we find Hannah pouring out her heart, her longings, pain and suffering into God’s presence, desperately pleading for a child, Hannah knew that her God was the one true source of all life.  Hannah knew the place to go, she took her burdened heart and soul into the Temple, to the only one who could truly transform her, and had the power her to give her that fruitfulness, that fecundity that she longed for. Hannah was barren and she longed for life!!!  She persevered in prayer and God heard her.  She was granted in time the gift of a son, Samuel.  Her tears became transformed into joy as she sang her Magnificat (pre-figuring that of Mary’s, The Mother of God). She sang in thanksgiving.
The Lord showed her Mercy and she responded with such generosity by dedicating her son when born to the Temple, to Gods service, she knew in her heart that God wanted him and for his purpose. The Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears is intended to assist those who ‘are broken hearted, who suffer the pains  of infertility, difficult pregnancy, miscarriage, still birth and the early death of a child. It is such a prayer of Compassion to offer for another, and such a prayer of trust for any individual to pray.
Perhaps we can also look at the Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears in an even broader perspective. Whether married, single, on living the consecrated life the Chaplet is equally applicable.  A consecrated Nun, a Priest, and a single person, are all called to ‘parenthood ‘, for the Consecrated Nun she should be ‘another Mary’.  We are all called to fruitfulness and parenthood. The conditions of a desire for fertility, to carry life to term, are equally applicable in the life of the consecrated sister as her ‘sisters ‘ in the world. In this way she can so understand the pain of infertility, difficult pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth and the death of a child.
A ‘Spiritual Mother’ also longs to ‘conceive life’ to nurture, and carry souls within her and pray for them to God, it is as any parenthood a great responsibility, at times intercession, the carrying of another broken person, interceding for grace and life can be a very painful process, and sometimes, despite all efforts, all the prayers, sacrifices and suffering, the person simply does not respond but chooses the path of sin or selfishness. You can say in this sense this is a miscarriage… a stillbirth, because instead of leaping to life the soul has remained against all good reason, against all attempts of prayer to remain without God.  Because of this experience a consecrated nun is so able to understand the deep pain, the deep wound that exists when for some reason life at least in this world does not continue. It is for us all a path of trust, that whatever God decides that although we cannot see it is the best….  Hannah must have felt the pain of when she surrendered her only son Samuel to Temple Service; she knew the Lord wanted him! that was painful as well as a joy, because it meant she would not have all those joys that attend raising a child in the intimacy of ones own home, God wanted the child! And somehow too, in a way that we do not understand, sometimes… God simply wants ‘our child ‘, but if the child is in HIM we have nothing to fear for surely then the child has attained to the ultimate Joy and happiness.
We would like to highly recommend the Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears; it was born of love and Compassion. We pray for you all, holding you all and each to God, may he bless you with life!

Chaplet of Hannah’s Tears Number II
After the Initial Focus on the sign of the Cross we now turn to the Immaculata, to Mary. Mary, Queen and Mother of all Life! We gaze upon the blessed and beautiful Miraculous Medal, a medal endowed with so many graces and blessings. Let us recall what Mary revealed to Saint Catherine Laboure, that there were many graces in her hands which were not asked for or claimed, rays of light emulated from Mary’s hands, streams of grace!!  Let us in our own need turn to Mary and ask her  for those graces that will bring us closer to God and to each other, she is waiting to give them to us, and love offered, should be love accepted!!!!
“O Mary Conceived without Sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.
It is a powerful prayer because it takes us to a place where there is no sin! HER HEART! This simple, short prayer draws us into the very depth of her Immaculate Heart, her sinless and pure heart which finally will triumph over all evil and sin.  
We offer our Chaplet with and in the presence of Mary, for Jesus, for souls, for life!!!

To request a copy of the chaplet please email us:
We will also add you to our list of intentions!

This chaplet has been approved by Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, Columbus, OH, June 27, 2008.  If you are interested in a copy please write subject line “Chaplet” along with your request.

The Bishops of the following Dioceses have given their blessing to promote the chaplet of Hannah’s Tears, it is always a virtue to ask your Bishop or Pastor before having this used for organized prayer, we generally recommend this chaplet as a private devotion:

  • Columbus, Ohio
  •  South Bend – Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Malta Europe 

 Thank you,

 Hannah’s Tears Ministry 

H.T. Chaplet Beads Available

My new friend JC has offered to make chaplets for our ministry.  Her work is absolutely beautiful!  The picture below is the first to be made, please let her know if you have any interest in having one for yourself or a loved one.  

God Bless!

H.T. Ministry

HeartFelt Rosaries Chaplet for Pregnancy, Infertility

A Chaplet for those suffering Infertility, Difficult Pregnancy, Miscarriage or Early Loss of a Child–now listed at

The Chaplet is promoted by the Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears (  The Apostolate was founded in 2003 in my home diocese of Columbus, OH, and this Chaplet–and the work of the Apostolate–was approved by Bishop Fredrick Campbell in 2008.

from their brochure:
“We offer prayer support and comfort to the brokenhearted who suffer the pains of infertility at any stage of life, difficult pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or the early death of a child. This ministry intercedes for Catholic doctors, nurses, and their supportive personnel. We also serve as a vehicle of education in the proper channels of Catholic fertility practices as well as offering information resources to those seeking fertility care and/or adoption”

This Chaplet is made using the virtually unbreakable wire wrapping technique and will last through heavy use. It is composed of sparkling Crystal and warm, tarnish resistant Bronze.

Instructions included.

See it in my shop at!