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Irish Shore
variation ii
Curved Stone and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Irish Shore, variation ii, curved stone beads and bronze, full view, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art


A celebration of Father Michael Meehan's imagination, and the Little Ark of Kilbaha, in County Clare, Ireland.

Shamrocks adorn the beautiful cross of this chaplet, on front and back.

The ten curved stone prayer beads are mottled-greens and grays, reminiscent of the colors along the shore in Kilbaha...  


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$93.




Bright Wings
Mother of Pearl and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Bright Wings Chaplet, bronze Armenian cross, full view, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art


"And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastwards, springs --
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings."

-- Gerard Manley Hopkins, "God's Grandeur"     


The cross of this chaplet is adorned with three birds...

The gracefully shaped prayer beads are bright mother-of-pearl...


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$158.




Pear Wood
Pear Wood and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Pear Wood Chaplet, handmade of wood and bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, fv


Prepare ye the way of the Lord;
make straight His paths."
  -- Matthew 3:3


The prayer beads of this chaplet are carved of pear wood -- a reminder that we are to "bear good fruit" -- and are subtly varied in shape and size...

The bronze cross is cast by hand  from a 19th century Russian antique,  smoothed by time.   The cross is replete with symbols.  The letters “IC XC” on the arms of the cross are an ancient abbreviation for “Jesus Christ”...

 


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$117.




Flourishing Garden
variation VII

Floral Carved Bone, Leafy Wood
Handmade Chaplet

Flourishing Garden, variation VII, floral carved bone and leafy wood, still stone and moss, prayer bead art, full view


"We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life."
  -- Pope John XXIII
 



The Latin American bronze cross of this chaplet arises from an open heart -- a warm, traditional motif...

The Pater bead is a bone flower...   The wooden Aves are carved with leaves...


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$120.




Flourishing Garden
variation VI

Millefiori, Carnelian and Wood
Handmade Chaplet

Flourishing Garden, Variation VI:  Chaplet handmade of Millefiori, Carnelian and Wood. by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view


"We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life."
  -- Pope John XXIII
 



The cross of this chaplet is beautifully shaped...

The Pater bead is vintage Murano millefiori glass... 

The wooden Aves are interspersed with beads of carnelian...
 


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$120.




Ordinary Time
Stone and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Ordinary Time handmade green stone prayer chaplet, bronze cross



Green is the color of the liturgical season we call "Ordinary Time."  We have this amazing blessing, this miracle of the ordinary moment -- this moment -- here and now.  

The green prayer beads of this chaplet are smooth barrel-shaped stone.

The cross is hand-cast from an ancient original, in solid bronze. 


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$93.




Small Things
variation ii
Bone, Horn and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet


"We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
    -- Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Nobel Lecture Speech, 1979


Mother Theresa took her name, and her inspiration, from St. Therese of Lisieux -- the "Little Flower of Jesus."

The Three Birds cross of this chaplet is hand-cast of solid bronze, from a vintage Armenian original.

The ten beautiful brown Ave beads are simple flowers, carved of bone. Among these are small beads of subtly colored glass, horn, and brass.


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$158.




Compassion
variation ii
Bodhi Seeds, Horn and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet


"We have to come to the end of a long journey and see that the stranger we meet there is no other than ourselves -- which is the same as saying that we find Christ in him."  

   -- Fr. Thomas Merton, Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani


The beautiful bronze openwork cross symbolizes open-heartedness, and the most profound depths of compassion...

Ten very large Bodhi seeds, traditional Buddhist prayer beads, interspersed with golden horn...

Bronze ring, hand-cast from a Celtic antique...


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$144.




Family Tree
Bone, Wood and Bronze
Handmade Celtic Chaplet

Family Tree, Celtic Irish Penal Chaplet handmade of bone, wood and bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view


We're all children of God.  Our Family Tree includes us all.

The Celtic cross of this chaplet has a pattern a bit reminiscent of the DNA double-helix!  

The Pater bead is wood, symbolic of that family tree we're all part of.   The Aves are polished bone...

The ring is cast from an ancient Celtic piece...


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$110. (Sold. For a similar chaplet, please inquire.)




God's Jester
variation iii
Lavastone, Millefiori and Bronze
Handmade Chaplet

God's Jester 10-bead handmade chaplet, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view


Saint Francis of Assisi referred to himself as "the jester of God" -- God's minstrel, jokester, singer, tumbler, poet... "Who else but His jongleurs are the Lord's servants who lift up the hearts of men and move them to spiritual joy?"

The wonderful cross of this chaplet is a little crazy-looking, decorated with randomly tapped circles -- a flurry of juggling balls in midair?
 
The Pater bead is vintage Italian Murano millefiori glass... 

The Aves are lavastone...


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$92.




We are the Clay
variation iii
Handcrafted Bulgarian Stoneware
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet


We are the clay,
and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hands.
  -- Isaiah 64:8



Meticulously hand-shaped beads, each individually formed of natural red, buff, or black German clays, and impressed with a variety of patterns.  These Bulgarian beads are durable, high-fired stoneware -- quite beautifully made. 

The Circles Cross is cast from an ancient, centuries-old original.  


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$140.




Journey
variation ii
Matte Jasper, Vintage Carved Nut
Handmade 10 Bead Chaplet


"Who is the third who walks always beside you?"

     -- T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land," (1922)


A chaplet for the journey. 

The ten stone Ave beads are matte Picture Jasper;  the old Pater bead is a vintage carved fruit pit. 

The openwork cross is bronze, hand-cast from a 19th century Ethiopian antique.


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$114.




Flourishing Garden
variation v.

Carved Bone and Bronze
Handmade Chaplet


"We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life."
  -- Pope John XXIII
 



Two charming wild flowers bloom at the base of the cross of this chaplet...  The cross is hand-cast from an 18th century Russian original.

The ten prayer beads are simple little flowers, carved of bone, each one unique...

 


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$110.




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