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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Clothed in the Sun

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... A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman... clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Revelations 12:1

This rosary is bright and clothed in the sun like the Blessed Mother. The Aves are peridot jasper, which is a very bright lemony yellow. I knew that they were called peridot jasper, and so I kept looking for the green, but when I asked members of my family what color they were, they all said "yellow."

The 6mm peridot jasper are paired with Swarovski 8 mm AB crystals capped in nickel silver caps and pewter balls. The beads are wire-wrapped to make a very durable rosary. The center is a unique Miraculous center and the crucifix is a pretty carved style.


If you are interested in a recreation of this rosary, contact me by leaving a comment or using my email address found in the sidebar


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sorrowful Mother, pray for us


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The Seven Sorrows chaplet is a beautiful rosary, similar to the five-decade rosary but meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary instead of the Joyful, Glorious, Sorrowful and Luminous Mysteries. On each of the seven sorrows, an Our Father is prayed followed by the seven Hail Marys.

It was several years ago when I was first asked to make a Seven Sorrows chaplet and I have been asked to make many, many since then, when Immaculee Ilibagiza revealed in her books and began speaking of her dedication to the chaplet during her life in Rwanda. The Blessed Mother, through Immaculee and the visionaries of Kibeho have renewed an interest in the Seven Sorrows chaplet and for that I am grateful.

This chaplet is made from 6mm fancy jasper beads and rectangular, bronze-colored, metal beads for the Paters. The beads are wire wrapped by hand using 20 gauge bronze wire. The Sorrowful Heart of the Blessed Mother is the rosary's center and the Seven Sorrows of Mary medal finishes the chaplet. They are both hand cast in solid bronze from vintage pieces. There are currently three beads below the center, but for those who prefer four, a bead can be added.


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Monday, August 8, 2011

St. Michael, and the Choirs of Angels


I came across some photos on iPhoto the other that had been forgotten during a busy time for me.  This pretty St. Michael chaplet was one of them.

The owner requested apple green beads, which is an unusual color for a rosary, but paired with these pretty millefiori beads I think it turned out very pretty. The green beads are 6mm Druk crackle glass, and the Paters are green and white with a red flower millefiori glass, capped in silver. They are strung on steel wire with crystal and white seed beads. The Italian St. Michael medal has a nice, clear image on it.

The prayers of the St. Michael chaplet are very powerful, as one prays the Our Father and Hail Mary following the prayers of intercession to St. Michael.

This is a one-of-a-kind rosary.
Contact me in the comment box or using my email address in the sidebar to create something to suit your taste and needs.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Etsy Shop


I finally opened an Etsy Shop -- Mary Devotions. Many folks ask me if I take Paypal for payment, but I try to save as much cost as I can when I sell on my blog. With Etsy I still save a lot of cost (compared to having my own website), but I have to pass on a little bit of "taking care of business" cost like credit card fees, so the costs there are just a tad higher.  For convenience, however, now you can use Etsy for my available rosaries, and even custom rosaries.

Unfortunately my blog name, Prayerful Beads, was used at Etsy, so I am under the name Mary Devotions.

My new email address for rosaries is marydevotion(at)columbus(dot)rr(dot)com.