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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, (full paragraph below); 
  -- reiterated in  Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II, 1995

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

Stone beads, carved in the shape of tusks, symbolize any form of aggression, any insult to the dignity of any person.  These beads are Sardonyx;  the smaller beads among them are ebony and dark matte olive glass.

The figure of Christ on this crucifix is particularly moving in its form.  The crucifix is heavy solid bronze;  it's hand-cast from a broken antique original -- the base of the cross is missing.  (Detail photo, below.)

The rings are solid bronze and copper.  The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of plied steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds.  Each end is double-crimped for security.

Crucifix:  2" (49mm) including the loop
Prayer beads:  8-10mm diameter, 24-40mm in length
Length:  7.75"
Weight:  2.2 oz.

       "Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator." 

-- from Gaudium et Spes, The Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Second Vatican Council, December 7, 1965


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