Due to unemployment, and thus financial hardship, I have changed my policy of not adding labor cost to my rosaries. I hope that you can understand why this is necessary and will continue to support my apostolate. At this time I need to support my family with my skills and resources. I have not added much to the cost of each item -- not as much as most vendors would, doubling or tripling their cost -- but just enough to contribute a small amount to my family's income.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, tenner






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This tenner has 6mm, turquoise stone Aves, and an 8mm, indicolite (blue topaz) Swarovski crystal Pater Noster, cradled with bronze filigree caps. The Pater Noster beads are set apart from the Aves and the crucifix with 4mm bicone clear Swarovski crystals.


 




The beads are wire wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire that is virtually unbreakable. The crucifix is a small and elegant bronze design, and the opposite medal is an Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with the scapular on the reverse. The crucifix and center are hand cast from solid bronze in the United States. The color matches the wire beautifully.


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To purchase this rosary at my Etsy shop -- go here. The cost is slightly higher there to cover credit card processing fees.

Mary Immaculate, pray for us who have recourse to thee

Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate,
we unite ourselves to you under your title of
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. 



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This five decade rosary is made with 6mm moss agate Ave beads, a soft green with gray and gold flecks. The Pater Noster beads are 8mm round, Colorado Topaz Swarovski crystals, cradled in bronze filigree caps.  The center and crucifix are set apart with 4mm bicone bronze Swarovski crystals.




 



The beads are wire wrapped with 20 gauge yellow brass wire that is virtually indestructible. The crucifix is a beautiful antique brass style and the matching center is a Miraculous Medal.






 



$28, plus $3 for shipping. If you are interested in this rosary, contact me by leaving a comment or using my email address found in the sidebar

To purchase this rosary at my Etsy shop -- go here. The cost is slightly higher there to cover credit card processing fees.

St. Michael the Archangel, Tenner

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These tenner rosaries have become some of my favorites. It's such a nice size to keep in one's pocket or car. It doesn't take much time to pray ten Hail Marys, and over the course of a busy day, one can easily pray a whole rosary.



This tenner has 6mm, turquoise stone Aves, and an 8mm, light gold colored, Swarovski crystal Pater Noster, cradled with bronze filigree caps. The Pater Noster beads are set apart from the Aves and the crucifix with 4mm bicone bronze Swarovski crystals.




The beads are wire wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire that is virtually unbreakable. The crucifix is a bronze Lily of the Valley design and the opposite medal is a St. Michael medal with Our Lady on the reverse. The crucifix and center are hand cast from solid bronze in the United States. The color matches the wire beautifully.


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To purchase this rosary at my Etsy shop -- go here. The cost is slightly higher there to cover credit card processing fees.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I changed my name





Well, not my name, name, but my rosary blog name. Because an Etsy shop with the name Prayerful Beads already existed before I opened my shop, I named my Etsy shop "Mary Devotions." That's what rosaries are...Mary Devotions. To Jesus through Mary.

So, while my blog address will remain prayerfulbeads.blogspot, my blog name and Etsy shop are the same. Thanks for reading. Wishing you a blessed Advent, and a beautiful feast day tomorrow.



Monday, November 28, 2011

Mother of Mercy, pray for us who recourse to Thee

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This Seven Sorrows chaplet is made with shades of purple -- the color for penance, and the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.

The Aves are 6mm rainbow fluorite, in shades between crystal clear and dark violet. The Paters, capped in bronze, are 8mm faceted, round, purple velvet, Swarovski crsytal beads. The center is a Seven Sorrows heart and the medal is an Our Lady of Sorrows medal, hand cast in solid bronze from vintage pieces. The beads are hand-wrapped and linked with 20 gauge vintage bronze medal -- this is a very sturdy rosary.







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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Most Merciful Mother



Most merciful mother,
remind us always
of the sorrows
of your son, Jesus


This Seven Sorrows chaplet was created for a young seminarian at the request of his mother. The colors and materials were Spirit inspired and I think it turned out very nice. The Aves are 6mm blue dumortierite and the Paters are 8mm copper colored Swarovsi crystals capped in copper colored caps and bronze beads. The beads are wired by hand with 20 gauge bronze wire, matching the solid bronze Seven Sorrows center, and the Our Lady of Sorrows medal, both hand cast in solid bronze from vintage pieces.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

By the Might of Thy Holy Cross

Assist us, O Lord our God;
and defend us evermore by the might of Thy holy Cross,
in whose honour Thou makest us to rejoice.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen




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This rosary is made with 6mm red jasper Aves and 8mm ivory Czech druk glass Paters set apart with brass caps. The beads are wrapped by hand with 20 gauge brass wire and the rosary has at its center a beautiful, antique brass shield with a cross embossed in the center. On the reverse side is a heart encircled with thorns. The antique brass crucifix matches the center in color and is a beautiful, sturdy, but ornate design. The crucifix and center are set apart with 4mm Swarovski bronze crystals.




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Fly to His Sacred Heart





I fly to Thee Sacred Heart of my Savior, for Thou art for my refuge, my only hope.


This rosary was created for a lovely woman who has asked me to make several rosaries now. She always has very specific ideas and they come together beautifully.

This rosary is made with 6mm honey jade Aves, 8mm Swarovski Fire Opal Paters, capped in bronze, hand wire-wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire. The center is a brass scapular and the matching brass crucifix has cloverleaf ends. The center and crucifix are set apart with 4mm Swarovski god bicones crystals.



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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Be our protection against wickedness



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This one decade rosary -- called a tenner because it is just ten beads -- is a string of 8mm poppy jasper Aves wire-wrapped in vintage bronze 20 gauge wire, with an 8mm black onyx Pater capped in bronze caps. The crucifix is hand cast in solid bronze from a vintage piece, as is the St. Michael medal. On the reverse side of the St. Michael medal is an image of the Blessed Mother.

This rosary is perfect for a man because of the large beads and is perfect for him to keep in his pocket, in the car, or on the nightstand. It is very strong due to the large gauge wire and the hand-wrapping.




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Defend us in Battle


"The Rosary is the 'weapon' for these times."
--Saint Padre Pio


These pretty tenner rosaries serve two purposes -- for praying the rosary, and as a reminder to call on St. Michael to help us in our spiritual battles.

These rosaries are identical except for the St. Michael medals -- one is round and one is oval. They are made with 6mm brown faceted glass Aves and a brown iris, twisted oval, glass Pater. They are wire-wrapped with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire. The Pater, the crucifix and the medal are set apart by a shiny Swarovski crystal.



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For information on the Pardon Crucifix, go here.


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Be Our Protection


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.




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This pretty rosary is made with 6mm crackled red Czech glass Aves, 6mm white Swarovski pearl Paters, capped in silver, a pewter St. Michael center and a pewter Papal crucifix. It is simple and yet, elegant.

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Contact me in the comment box or using my email address in the sidebar to create something to suit your taste and needs.

Come Holy Ghost


The mother of two young Confirmandi recently contacted me to create a rosary to commemorate their Confirmation in the Church. The rosaries turned out so very different, I was kind of tickled with them. Both rosaries are the link style and both have the Confirmand's name and date of Confirmation engraved on the back.


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The young lady's rosary is made with 6mm green and white agate Aves and 8mm opal chrystolite Swarovski crystal Paters, capped in silver. The center is a beautiful four-way pewter center and the crucifix is my favorite -- an ornate scrolled style.







The young man's rosary was made with 6mm poppy jasper Aves and 6mm onyx Paters capped in gold. The center is a gold tone St. Michael center and the crucifix is a four-way style.



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Christ be with me, Christ within me


I recently had a request to create a First Holy Communion rosary with a St. Patrick flair. St. Patrick is a wonderful patron for a young boy and this phrase of St. Patrick's prayer is one to remember on First Holy Communion Day:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


This rosary is made with 8mm x 10mm green shamrock stamped beads, a pewter St. Patrick center and beautiful pewter Celtic crucifix. The back of the crucifix was engraved with the young boy's name and date of First Holy Communion.









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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holy Mother in Blue and White

A recent request by a brother for a rosary for his sister resulted in these mirror image rosaries. The rosary with the blue Aves was mailed across country for a sister's birthday gift and the remaining rosary with the white opal glass Aves and blue opal glass Paters is available.

The beads are 6mm glass and the Paters are capped in silver nickel caps. The center is a Miraculous Medal and the center is a pretty style with a lilies behind and surrounding the Corpus.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pray for us who have recourse to thee

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This bright and shiny rosary is made with 6mm turquoise Ave beads and sparkling oval-shaped crystal Paters. The beads are hand-wrapped with non-tarnishing, 20 gauge, silver wire for a very durable rosary. The center, a cut out Miraculous Medal center, and shiny silver crucifix both have a deluxe silver finish. The center and crucifix are set apart with 4mm bicone crystals.






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Protect and Pardon...a rosary giveaway



This month of October is the month of the rosary. If you do not have a regular devotion to praying the rosary -- now is the perfect time to start. The prayers of the rosary and the mysteries are filled with scripture and as such, are a perfect bible study for busy mothers with little time to sit and study Sacred Scripture. There are many forms of scriptural rosary (I have posted before about them here, here, and here), but even without the scripture passages, the rosary teaches us about Christ Jesus, and the prayers, through God and Our Blessed Mother, lead us to Our Lord.

It often seems impossible for busy mothers to have enough quiet time to pray five decades of the rosary each day. Though it is a wonderful gift to make the time for all five decades at once, and scripture if you have extra time, it is often more doable to pray one decade at a time. By keeping a tenner rosary -- a string of beads -- ten Aves and one Pater -- in ones pocket or handbag, the time for a rosary a day can usually be found -- sitting in the car waiting for children, rocking a baby to sleep, or even waiting for a load of laundry to finish spinning in the dryer.








Today I am hosting a giveaway of one tenner rosary. I made this rosary with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire -- it's very durable. The Aves are 6mm brown Czech glass beads and the Pater is a beautiful, iridescent brown, opaque, glass bead. The medal is a silver St. Michael the Archangel medal -- St. Michael, protect us -- and the crucifix is a Pardon crucifix. See the information below about St. Michael and the Pardon crucifix.















For a chance to win the rosary, leave your name and a way to contact you (please be sure to do this so I can find you later -- the internet is a huge place!) in the comment box by Tuesday at midnight and I'll announce a winner on Wednesday. Alternately, you can email me -- my address is in the sidebar.



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St. Michael:

On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said:
'"May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: 'Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power' (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."'

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.


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Pardon Crucifix:
The Front of the Crucifix: Above the cruciform figure, the familiar I.N.R.I. has been inscribed with the words "Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum. "" Latin uses I instead of the English J, and V instead of U (Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm). The English translation is "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." . The Reverse of the Crucifix: On the transverse arms are the words, "Father, forgive them.". On the vertical beam of the Cross are the words, "Behold this heart which has so loved men.". An image of The Sacred Heart of Jesus is shown in the center.

These indulgences have been declared upon the Pardon Crucifix by Pope St. Pius X in 1905, and have been approved in the pardon of the living and the souls in Purgatory in 1907. The lengths of the indulgences were repealed in the new Enchiridion, and the indulgences were granted to remit the guilt of the sin committed:

1. Whoever carries on his person the Pardon Crucifix, may thereby gain an indulgence.

2. For devoutly kissing the Crucifix, an indulgence is gained.

3. Whoever says one of the following invocations before this crucifix may gain each time an indulgence: "Our Father who art in heaven, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." "I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray to the Lord our God for me."

4. Whoever, habitually devout to this Crucifix, will fulfill the necessary conditions of Confession and Holy Communion, may gain a Plenary Indulgence on the following feasts: On the feasts of the Five Wounds of our Lord, the Invention of the Holy Cross, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Immaculate Conception, and the Seven Sorrows (Dolors) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

5. Whoever, at the moment of death, fortified with the Sacraments of the Church, or contrite of heart, in the supposition of being unable to receive them, will kiss this Crucifix and ask pardon of God for his sins, and pardon his neighbor, will gain a Plenary Indulgence.