St Barbara Chaplet Rosary, Virgin Martyr
This small rosary is the Chaplet of Saint Barbara, a virgin martyr of the 4th Century who was imprisoned, tortured and put to death for her unwavering faith in Christ - her own father acting as her executioner.
I've used 10mm sodalite gemstone faceted rondelle beads for the chaplet loop, representing the stone of the tower in which St Barbara was imprisoned by her father - the beads are hand-cut. so shapes may be a bit irregular. The loop of 15 beads meet at a center medal of the Blessed Mother and Child, with a feather (a symbol of courage) and medal of St Barbara alongside. The 3 front beads are 8mm round sodalite beads, and a filigree lily crucifix completes the chaplet.
The chaplet has a total of 17 beads. The first 3 are said in honor of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and represent the three windows in the tower St Barbara was imprisoned in. The 14 beads in the loop are said to the Blessed Mother; they are placed in this chaplet for St Barbara as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. She is often depicted carrying a chalice representing the Holy Eucharist and a palm branch or feather symbolizing martyrdom, and so the chaplet includes a feather as well as a medal of St Barbara.
Length from mid-back to end of crucifix: 25cm / 10 inches
Center connector: 3cm / 1.2 inches
Feather & St Barbara medal: 2.5cm / 1 inch
Crucifix: 3.5cm / 1.4 inches tall
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of armourers, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who works with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions. She is venerated by Catholics who face the danger of sudden and violent death in work.
The chaplet comes attractively packaged along with a card of the traditional prayers.
See more patron saint chaplets here: Saints Chaplet Collection