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Ancient of Days
variation iv
Bronze, Brass and Greek Leather
Handmade Irish Penal Chaplet

"Thou hast borne incomprehensibly the Ancient of Days as a new Child..."
  -- Theotokion

The powerful, substantial crucifix of this chaplet is cast from a 19th century Spainish antique, and the ring is cast from an ancient Celtic piece.  Both are solid bronze.

The prayer beads are hammered solid brass, with a subtle texture and a nice weight... 

The beads slide on knotted on black Greek leather -- the finest cord on the market today.

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variation iii
Agate, Carnelian and Bronze
Handmade Linear Chaplet

Dreams, variation iii, prayer chaplet handmade of natural carnelian, agate and bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, fv

"Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams..."
  -- Acts 2:17

Graceful, beautiful Tau crucifix...

Pater bead of uniquely patterned agate...

Aves of natural carnelian...

Heart-motif pendant...

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Pocket Chaplet
variation ii
Burnt Horn and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Pocket Chaplet, bronze San Damiano crucifix, full view, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art

An ideal little pocket chaplet.

Bronze San Damiano crucifix... The blessing Saint Francis gave to Friar Leo, in Latin, is on the reverse: 

"May the Lord bless thee and keep thee;
may He show His face to thee and be merciful to thee. 
May He turn His countenance to thee and give thee peace."    

Ten handcarved prayer beads of Burnt Horn, in beautifully varied shades of warm brown... 

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Seeker's Chaplet
Hawk's Eye and Bronze
Handmade Geocache Chaplet

Handmade bronze Seeker's Chaplet, with Geocache, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view

"Ask, and you will receive;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and the door will be opened to you."

-- Matthew 7: 7

This chaplet has a small brass vial attached -- a geocache -- as a symbol of the search.  The vial can be opened, and could be a good place to keep a scroll with the words of Matthew 7:7, or any other small object.

The crucifix is patterned with wheat, symbolic of the Eucharist. The stone prayer beads are all hawk's eye.


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The Lady with the Alabaster Jar
Poppy Jasper and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Inspired by the lady with the alabaster jar, and her wildly extravagant gesture of love. 

“Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of, in memory of her.” 
  -- Matthew 26:13 

Beautifully ornamented Latin American crucifix… Aves of deep red poppy jasper… And Pater bead of white stone, that suggests the alabaster jar.

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$144. (Sold. For a similar chaplet, please inquire.)

Fire and Thunder
Lavastone, Wood and Bronze
Handmade Chaplet

Fire and Thunder, 10-bead chaplet handmade of lava stone and bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art; full view

In the Beginning,
The Word was red,
And the sound was thunder.

-- John O'Donohue, In Praise of Fire

Black lava Ave beads, separated by vividly red beads of magnesite.

Double-sided crucifix, hand-cast from a 17c original.

Pater bead of carved wood.

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Trailing Clouds of Glory
Natural Mother of Pearl
Handmade Irish Penal Chaplet

Trailing Clouds of Glory, chaplet handmade of mother of pearl and bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, fv

"... trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home."

--William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

These Ave beads seem to glow from within.  They're natural Mother of Pearl -- beige aswirl with luminous white, with flecks and streaks of rose...

The pretty bronze crucifix has a pattern of fleur de lis, symbolic of the Blessed Mother, of Christ's human nature, and of the Holy Trinity.  The crucifix is hand-cast from a European antique.

The chaplet's attractive ring is antiqued brass...

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variation V

Glass, Bone and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

“...For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty…

…And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets…”

-- Wisdom 7:25-27

The lovely crucifix of this chaplet is embellished with fleurs de lis, symbolic of the Blessed Mother, of Christ's human nature, and of the Holy Trinity...
The Pater bead is carved bone, set between hand-cast caps of solid bronze...

The luminous Aves are ribbed Czech glass, among tiny glass beads in a wonderful variety of colors...

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Dappled Things
Speckled Stone and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Dappled Things Chaplet - Speckled Stone and Bronze - 10-Bead - Handmade by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view

"Glory be to God for dappled things  ...All things counter, original, spare, strange..."

  -- Gerard Manley Hopkins, 
Pied Beauty

Aves of wildly speckled, semi-translucent stone...

Pater of smooth smoky quartz...

Extraordinarily graceful Tau crucifix...

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All Weather
variation ii
Picasso Stone and Vintage Bone
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

All Weather, variation ii, Chaplet - Picasso Stone, Vintage Bone, and Bronze - 10-Bead - Handmade by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art

"Praised be my Lord for our Brother Wind, and for air and cloud, calms and all weather..."
    -- Saint Francis of Assisi, from "The Canticle of Brother Sun"

Ave beads of matte Picasso stone in many shades of gray...

Pater beads of beautiful, smooth, polished bone in combination with red and golden horn...

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Bone and Bronze
Handmade Chaplet

Rise: 10-Bead Chaplet handmade of Bone and Bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view

“I am always astonished at the emphasis the Church puts on the body.  It is not the soul she says that will rise but the body, glorified."
-- Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being

The Pater and the Ave beads of this chaplet are carved of bone.

The crucifix is highly dimensional -- the corpus rises from the cross, touching only at the hands and feet.

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variation ii
Lavastone, Jasper and Bronze
10-bead Handmade Chaplet

Mysteries chaplet handmade of bronze, black jasper, and lava stone, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, fv

"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man."
     -- G. K. Chesterton

The large, substantial crucifix of this chaplet is solid bronze, cast by hand from a 19th century Spanish original.

The Pater bead is lavastone, with interesting pocks and pits that formed when the molten rock cooled. 

The Aves are cubes of black jasper -- hand-cut, and pleasingly varied in shape, size, and color...

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The Cup
Jasper and Bethlehem Olivewood
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

“Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven.”
  -- from the Eucharistic Prayer

Faceted stone Ave beads of deep red jasper.  Their color is a reminder of the Communion wine, and the cup of Christ's blood...

Bronze crucifix, decorated with grape leaves and bunches of grapes symbolic of the wine...

Pater bead of olivewood, made by hand in Israel, of wood pruned from the ancient olive trees in Bethlehem. 

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Travel by Starlight
variation III
Afghan Lapis Lazuli
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

"...They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them."
   -- Matthew 2:9

Each of us is invited to follow the star... invited to travel by starlight.

These Aves are especially beautiful Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan -- deep cobalt-blue, with clouds and golden speckles of pyrite -- the starlit vault of heaven!  We imagine the wise men traveling under such a sky.

The crucifix is absolutely wonderful.  It's cast from a well-worn -- and clearly well-loved -- 18th century Latin American antique, in solid bronze.

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$214. (Sold. For a similar chaplet, please inquire.)

Feast Day
Horn, Glass and Ceramic
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

Every day of the year is somebody's Feast Day -- an occasion for celebrating the life of one of us. Flag-bright, festive colors run throughout this chaplet.  The extra bead alongside the crucifix is something like a party -- not strictly necessary -- but not pointless either!

Fantastic evocative crucifix... Pater of burnt horn... Aves of matte black Czech glass, interspersed with intensely colorful Greek ceramic...

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"Follow Me"
Tuareg Brass and Stone
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

"Search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity." 
"Everyone has his Lambaréné."
--  Albert Schweitzer

Coptic crucifix, hand-cast from a 19th century antique, in solid bronze...

The marvelous woven texture of the Tuareg Pater bead complements the texture of the crucifix...  

The stone Aves are red-brown jasper...

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Flourishing Garden
variation iv.

Rhyolite, Bone and Bronze
Handmade Chaplet

Flourishing Garden variation IV,  chaplet handmade of  rhyolite, bone and bronze, 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

Each end of this crucifix is bursting with small flowers and leaves...

The bone Pater bead is carved with flowers...

The ten Aves are rhyolite, in a marvelous variety of greens, ochres, and peach...  Among these are beads of matte glass in various earthy browns...

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Penitent's Chaplet
variation i
Sardonyx Tusks and Ebony
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

"Whatever insults human dignity...all these things are infamies indeed."

  -- Gaudium et Spes, the Constitution on the Church, 1965; 
  -- reiterated in Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II, 1995

Tusk shaped stone prayer beads symbolize any form of aggression, any insult to the dignity of any person.

The crucifix is heavy solid bronze, cast from a broken antique original...

This chaplet -- despite the shape of the beads -- is prayable.  The feeling it causes, when you hold it in your palm, is powerful.

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