Paternoster with Memento Mori, Medieval Pearl Tassel Rosary


This crystal pearl paternoster rosary reflects designs from the Renaissance era which I have updated with modern materials and techniques to meet today's prayer needs. A paternoster provides a link with the rich history of worship and prayer down through the centuries.

Like most paternosters from that time, the beads in the 5 decades are larger than the usual modern  rosary - 10mm olive green Austrian crystal pearls with an ornate 20mm brass filigree guad (Our Father bead).

The front of the paternoster carries a large carved bone memento mori skull, a reminder of the brevity of life on earth. You can read more about the tradition of memento mori here.

A silky green tassel completes the rosary. An old tale says that the tassel was included in paternoster to wipe away the tears of the faithful as they prayed - tears of penitence, forgiveness and joy.

Total length: 60cm / 23.5 inches;
Tassel length: 8cm / 3 inches.

Paternosters were the fore-runner of today's rosary, and were used from the earliest times to count prayers and help focus on the meaning of each prayer. "Paternoster" is Latin for Our Father, the prayer most commonly used to pray with a paternoster rosary.

During the Renaissance rosaries & paternosters were commonly used by everyone - young & old, nobles & peasants, men and women. They were often displayed as part of the daily clothing by attaching to a belt or brooch, held in the hands in public or worn like a large, loose bracelet.

This lovely paternoster is well made for years of prayer and display, and comes attractively packaged in a handmade pouch. It is suitable for men or women.

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Paternoster Rosary Collection
Memento Mori Collection




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