Irish Penal Rosary, Black Hematite & Silver
An Irish Penal rosary with thumb/finger ring made in glossy black hematite beads in the traditional layout for this wee rosary.
I've used hematite oval beads for the single decade of Hail Mary beads, each bead separately linked with silver rosary wire so the rosary moves freely through your hands in use. The single Our Father bead is slightly larger and is wire-wrapped to give extra strength where needed. This well-made rosary will last for many years of prayer.
At one end is a beaten pewter ring for slipping over your thumb or finger.
The Irish Penal rosary developed during a period known as the Penal Times in Ireland where practicing the Catholic religion was a punishable offense. A style of crucifix developed with shorter cross-arms so that it could more easily be concealed inside a clenched fist or up a sleeve.This wee rosary has a penal cross in the original primitive style.
The rosary also developed to have a ring at one end which could be placed over a finger or thumb, both to keep track of prayers and also to reduce the risk of the rosary falling and becoming noticed - so the devout continued to carry a rosary with less chance of detection.
Length: 31cm / 12.25 inches
Crucifix: 5cm / 2 inches.
This little rosary is rich in tradition and comes with a short explanation card. It will be attractively packaged for if you wish to gift it.