This short rosary is known as the St Patrick's Breastplate chaplet, and comes with a set of prayers with words attributed to Saint Patrick (372 -466) and translated by Cecil Frances Alexander in1889. It features a medal of Saint Patrick at one end and a Celtic cross at the other.
The chaplet has 1 week (group of 7 beads) of prayer beads, and 2 front beads so it is a small section of the full Anglican rosary.
I've used 8mm round unakite gemstone beads for the week beads in this chaplet, the earthy colors are a reminder of Saint Patrick's work in Ireland, with larger 10mm unakite nuggets for the front 2 beads.
I've continued the Irish connection by adding a traditional style Celtic crucifix & double-sided Celtic knot beads as accents. The beads are separated with wee black onyx beads.
Length from mid-back to end of cross: 25cm / 10 inches
Cross: 3cm / 1.25 inches
Medal: 2.5cm / 1 inch tall.
St Patrick is one of the best known and most loved Christian saints and is the Patron Saint of Ireland, engineers and paralegals. Folk lore says he cleared Ireland of snakes.
This chaplet comes in a handmade (by me) lined cotton rosary pouch to keep it in, along with the prayers for the St Patrick Breastplate rosary. This is a well-made rosary that will last for many years of prayer and is perfect for personal prayer or for gifting.