St Raphael Tenner Rosary, Patron Saint of Travelers & Healing
This little gemstone bead rosary is made in a style called a "tenner", meaning it has a single decade of 10 Hail Mary beads in a straight line. This type of rosary is often called a pocket rosary, as well as a decima rosary - and this one includes a medal of Raphael the Archangel.
Raphael's name can be interpreted as "It is God who heals", "God Heals", "God, Please Heal" and he is associated with all manner of healing. The most well-known story is that of Tobiah, a young man whom Raphael accompanied on his travels and whom he cured of his blindness. Raphael is generally associated with the angel mentioned in the Gospel of John as stirring the water at the healing pool of Bethesda.
I've made this tenner with 8mm round red creek jasper beads for the Hail Mary's, and a red agate heart-shaped bead for the Our Father prayer bead. All the beads are separately hand-linked with silver rosary wire. At one end is an attractive pewter cross and at the other is a medal of Saint Raphael.
Saint Raphael is the patron saint of travelers, the blind, bodily ills, happy meetings, nurses, physicians and medical workers. He is often pictured holding a staff and either holding or standing on a fish, as he is in the medal attached to this wee rosary.
Length: 21.5cm / 8.5 inches
Medal: 2.5cm / 1 inch tall
Cross: 2.5cm / 1 inch tall.
This rosary comes attractively wrapped along with a small information card about Raphael.