Renaissance Era Rosary, Holy Face of Jesus Center with Memento Mori
This large-size rosary is made with Austrian crystal pearls and features a center medal of the Holy Face of Jesus and Memento Mori skull beads for the Paters. Memento Mori were popular additions to rosaries in earlier centuries, reaching their height of craftsmanship in the Renaissance era.
The front of the center medal, the Holy Face of Christ, has the words "illumina Domine Vultum Tuum super nos" (may the light of your Face, O Lord, shine upon us) around the edge. The back has the words “Mane nobiscum Domine” (stay with us O Lord)
The rosary is larger than most, but lightweight enough to be easy to handle for those who prefer bigger beads. It is visually attractive and is suitable for use in prayer, for presentation, or for hanging on a wall.
Memento Mori (meaning "remember you are mortal") is the name given to symbols of mortality, often skulls heads, and were intended as a reminder of how brief earthly life is. Their purpose was to remind folk to make the best of their life, and to help keep them on the straight and narrow path for fear of heavenly judgment.
I've used 10mm round crystal pearls for this rosary, in a color called bordeaux. The Memento Mori are white howlite, about 12mm tall. All the beads are hand-linked with bronze rosary wire so the rosary is both sturdy and flows well through the hands in prayer.
Length when hanging: 65cm / 25.5 inches;
Crucifix: 5cm / 2 inches tall.
It comes in a handmade Renaissance-style rosary pouch to store or present it in, and will be attractively packaged.