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Silver Irish Penal Rosary
This is the second Irish Penal Rosary I’ve made and it’s a beauty! ALL the silver pieces were made from scratch by me. The cross, finger ring and bead were all individually sand cast and given a hammered texture. Believe me when I say these pieces are robust! The silver bead spacers were hand formed and soldered closed. I choose alternating Onyx and Larvakite beads for this design. Barrel knots are tied between each bead in the decade but for the silver Our Father bead I tied gray micro cord barrel knots on each side; small but cool color detail. Technora cord was used as main cord. For those who don’t know, its has a tensile strength of 400lbs which is amazing for its size. In typical fashion, the first 3 beads have silver bead spacers to represent the opening rosary prayers. This is a wonderfully weighted rosary with a monochromatic theme.
• A Brief Irish Penal Rosary History •
A specialized rosary used during the “Penal Times” in Ireland. It was during this period Catholics were persecuted for openly practicing their faith. It’s said devout Catholics began praying this style rosary in order to keep it concealed in hand and up the sleeve. The ring on the end was moved to each finger one at a time, starting with the thumb, for each of the five decades prayed. It wasn’t unusual for these rosaries to be created by hand due to the laws forbidding the possession of religious objects.