Endurance and Love - Jasper, Brass and Bronze - Irish Penal Chaplet

Endurance and Love - Jasper, Brass and Bronze - Irish Penal Chaplet


It’s strangely comforting to know that having to “struggle to endure” some aspect of the Church is nothing new! — And it’s strengthening, in a way, to be reminded that our job is to “cherish the world” even when we’d rather not:

“It seems to be a fact that you have to suffer as much from the Church as for it,” wrote Flannery O’Connor, “but if you believe in the divinity of Christ, you have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it.”
— Letter to A, July 20, 1955

Each end of this classic crucifix is adorned with stylized dogwood flowers, symbol of rebirth and Resurrection.

Suspended behind the crucifix is a lovely medal depicting Our Blessed Mother in the center of a cross embellished with fleurs de lis.

The Celtic finger ring, crucifix and medal are all solid bronze, hand-cast from antique originals.

The Pater and Aves are silver leaf jasper — striped taupe, gray, and black. Among these are beads of solid brass in a variety of shapes.

The connecting rings are solid brass and bronze.

10-Bead Chaplets of this configuration are known as Irish Penal Chaplets, or "Little Rosaries." They can easily be used to keep count of the prayers of a full five decade rosary, by looping the ring over one thumb and praying one decade, then moving the ring to each finger in turn, praying one decade at each position.

Crucifix: 2”
Medal: 1”
Ring: 1.1”
Prayer beads: 8mm
Length: 11.75”

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The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers’ cable composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds. Each end is double-crimped for security.