Anglican or Protestant Rosary, Black Onyx with San Damiano Cross
Here is a handmade Anglican rosary, also commonly known as a Protestant or Christian rosary, made with black onyx gemstone beads and a silver pewter San Damiano cross, also known as the Saint Francis of Assisi cross.
I've used 8mm black onyx beads for the loop, and slightly larger 10mm rounds for the invitatory and cruciform beads. The San Damiano cross is beautifully detailed, with St Francis' blessing in Latin on the reverse.
Originally given to Brother Leo, the blessing translates as "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and be merciful to you. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace. The Lord bless you".
The Anglican rosary is made up of thirty-three beads representing the years of Christ's life, divided into four groups of seven called weeks. Between each week is a single bead called a cruciform bead. The 33rd bead is the invitatory bead, a place to begin the prayer time and a cross completes the set.
Length: approx 32cm from center back to end of the cross.
Cross: 4cm tall.
The rosary comes in a handmade (by me) lined cotton pouch to keep it in, along with a pamphlet explaining a bit about the layout of the beads and some suggestions on how to use them.
This Anglican rosary is made with care and joy right here in New Zealand. It is well made to last for years of prayer and is suitable for personal use, or would make a thoughtful gift or addition to a collection.