St Joan of Arc Niner Rosary, Renaissance Style
This unique chaplet rosary, known as a "niner" because it has 9 prayer beads, features a beautiful medal of Saint Joan of Arc. Made with 10mm amethyst gemstone beads and stainless steel links, this well-constructed niner will last for many years of prayer.
St Joan was known for her intense bravery and devotion to her faith, believing that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England.
At one end of the niner is a medal of St Joan, reproduced from an original medal from the early 1900's. The back has an image of a sword and crown, and the words in French translate as "There is great pity in the kingdom of France", told by the Archangel Saint Michael to Joan in 1429.
At the other end of the niner is a solid black onyx angel wing, a symbol of faith and protection. The addition of symbols and mementos to rosaries was very common in past times.
Length: 34cm / 13.5 inches;
Medal: 2.5cm / 1 inch across;
Beads: 10mm amethyst gemstone.
The niner is one of the oldest forms of prayer beads, most likely derived from the traditional of the novena, a set of nine prayers. Various saints are used for niner chaplets with the intention of praying for their intercession for special petitions or as novena prayer beads.