Saint Patrick's Storms - Mixed Metals and Pima - Irish Penal Chaplet

Saint Patrick's Storms - Mixed Metals and Pima - 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

The movement and the colors of this chaplet remind us of the storms Saint Patrick describes.

The chaplet is made of mixed metals, with a tassel of hand-painted pima cotton.

Both the Celtic crucifix and Celtic ring are solid white bronze, cast from antique originals.

The Pater is solid brass, lightly oxidized. The Aves are weighty solid brass, oxidized a deep gun-metal gray, nearly black. Interspersed among these are various beads of yellow brass and matte glass.

The cap of the tassel is silvered lead-free pewter, and the wire wrap is bronze with brass beads.

The large connecting rings are yellow bronze; the small ones are oxidized copper.

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.

Crucifix: 2.25”
Prayer Beads: 8mm
Tassel: about 3.5"
Length: 11.5” from top of ring to bottom of crucifix

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The chaplet is strung on premium quality SoftFlex 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.