Saint Patrick's Lorica - Leather Irish Penal Chaplet

Saint Patrick's Lorica - Leather Irish Penal Chaplet


"...I bind unto myself today...
the flashing of the lightening free,
the whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth,
the deep salt sea...”

— from Saint Patrick's Lorica (372-466), translated from the Gaelic by Cecil Frances Alexander (1889)

Modern images of Saint Patrick sometimes fail to convey the breadth of his embrace, and his intensity.

The evocative crucifix of this chaplet is cast from a very worn antique piece that had — obviously — weathered some rough seas. The crucifix is solid bronze. The original is believed to be Spainish, from the 15- to 1800s.

The prayer beads are solid French brass.

The ring is a one-of-a-kind Nigerian piece of sand-cast brass.

The leather cord is Greek — the finest leather cord on the market today.

Crucifix: 2.25”
Prayer Beads: about 7mm
Ring: 1.1”
Length: 8.5”

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10-Bead Chaplets of this configuration are known as Irish Penal Chaplets. 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.