With the Women - variation 3 - Moonlight

With the Women - variation 3 - Moonlight


The Tenebrae service evokes a feeling of such desolate emptiness, as the candles are extinguished one by one. A friend suggested we spend those awful hours, the hours of Good Friday afternoon and Holy Saturday, “with the women” — and what a sensible suggestion that was.

On this rosary is a collection of medals and milagros to serve as reminders of those women: Mary the Mother of Our Lord, Mary Magdalene, Veronica, and all the many other women who were there — and who are here. Thanks to the number of medals, this is not a quiet rosary: it makes quite a ringing and jingling — which we think is a very good thing.

The splendid Latin American crucifix of the rosary arises from a heart — a beautiful traditional motif. The rosary center is an ebullient medal of the Sacred Heart. The medals include our Blessed Mother in a circle of radiance, several of women kneeling in prayer, and one of a woman holding a child. All these are solid bronze, hand-cast from vintage Latin American pieces.

The Pater beads are large smooth disks of white quartz — like the moon. The moon symbolizes all women of course — and the moon is a particular symbol of Our Lady: Christ is the sun and, just as our moon reflects our sun, Mary reflects the light of Christ. In dark times like Tenebrae, we may see by moonlight.

The Aves are jasper, in muted colors that suggest evening, nighttime, moonlight — mauves and grays.

Among these are beads of matte glass in various muted colors, with rings and ribbed ovals of solid brass.

Crucifix: 2.75”
Center: 1”
Paters: .8”
Aves: 8mm
Length: 25.5”

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The connecting rings are a variety of solid brass and solid bronze.

The rosary 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.