Our Lady of Sorrows Chaplet, Linear Style
Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows can be traced back even to Apostolic times. The Gospels, particularly that of Saint John, record Mary standing by the Cross of Jesus. This chaplet rosary includes a medal of Our Lady of Sorrows in remembrance of the suffering that the Blessed Virgin Mary experienced for her own Son.
I've made the chaplet in a linear (straight line) style, with faceted black crystal beads which are the traditional colour for this devotion. The beads are each separately linked with silver rosary wire, which gives the beads nice flow through the fingers with sturdy construction to last for many years of prayer.
The chaplet begins with a silver pewter crucifix with lily motif at the end of the arms. The 3 pointed lily design is generally accepted to represent the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Another interpretation of the design is that each of the points, totaling 12 in all, represent the 12 disciples of Jesus.
A card with the traditional prayers for this layout is included. The way the beads are laid out in the linear chaplet is a little different than in the looped chaplet although both have the same prayers. It is simply a matter of personal choice which style suits you best.
There is also a looped chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows which you can see here. The prayers for both are the same, the only difference being that the linear style has an extra separate bead after the crucifix for announcing the 7 Sorrows - the prayer for this bead is said on the connecting medal of the looped style.
Length: 30cm / 11.8 inches
Crucifix: 4cm / 1.6 inches
Medal: 2.5cm tall / 1 inch tall
The chaplet comes attractively wrapped along with the prayer card.