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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

We've always loved this translation of the prayer, because the words “for you and for all” express so clearly that Jesus gave Himself for every single person without exception.  (For further info, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #605.)      

The crucifix of this chaplet is decorated with grape leaves and bunches of grapes, symbolic of the Communion wine.  (Detail photo, below.)  The crucifix is solid bronze, hand-cast from a vintage original. 

The Pater bead is olivewood, made by hand in Israel, of wood pruned from the ancient olive groves in Bethlehem.  No trees were harmed in the harvesting of this wood -- pruning the trees is essential to their health and continued fruitfulness.

The deep red of the Ave beads is another reminder of the wine, and the cup of Christ's blood.  These faceted stone beads are poppy jasper.  Their color doesn't show up too well in these larger photos -- you can see it a little better in the detail photos, below.

Among the Aves are matte glass beads in dark olives, and variously shaped beads of solid brass. 
The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds;  each end is double-crimped for security.

Crucifix:  1.75"
Pater:  about 14mm
Aves:  about 6 x 9mm
Length:  about 8.6"


© Copyright 2007-19, M. Laura Eckert, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art: Handmade Rosaries, Prayer Ropes, Chaplets, and Rosary Bracelets.