CRACKLIN' ROSIE  I chose Pink "Crackle" glass beads for the Aves because they set off the gold "crackle" pattern inside the Pater bead: a gorgeous, 18mm  vintage clear glass bead encasing gold... crackles! Outside the bead are delicately pressed pink rosettes and green reeds on both sides of the bead.  Atop the Pater are 3 pale pink Miyukis forming the Holy Trinity.  The cross is bronze, gold-toned.  

CRYSTAL WISHES    This Decima comes with a Sterling Silver Prayer Box to hold one's wishes and dreams, guarded by tiny angels on each side.  The Pater bead is a football shaped Crystal Quartz bead, a Marvillous favorite in 18 mm.  Aves are 12mm Lampwork beads with roses.  A tiny Lady of Fatima medal is included, also Sterling.  Extreme .925 Silver wire threads the beads, sterling spacers and antique silver bead caps.  Click on Thumbnail photo for a larger image. 


LI'L PRINCE.  Left, For devotees of the Infant of Prague, the Pater bead of this pocket rosary is a deep pink dichroic glass bead, a moden bead made by using antique molds.  Hail Mary's are faceted crystal quartz rounds.  The Sacred Infant medal is sterling silver. 

QUEEN OF HEAVEN  Click on the thumbnail, right for a larger image. Pale, pale pink glass rounds, 10mm, hail Mother Mary in this pocket Decima.  Pater bead is a Marvillous fave: vintage, lampwork, pretty in pink & gold.  Bronze cross honors the Holy Trinity. (PRIVATE COLLECTION)

BLUE BY YOU, Top - Right.  Glass sky blue pansies form a ring of Aves above the vintage Light Blue Margarita Pater bead, a D.S. Swarovski original.  Say if with flowers or say it with prayers... the Blessed Mother loves you!  The bronze center medal is a filigree rendering of the Mother Mary's initials.  The gold tone crucifix is 1" and very delicate. 



LADY MADONNA, Below - Right.  Vintage Aves and the 18mm Pater are milky pink walnut beads from Czechoslovakia.  The Trinity crucifix is bronze. Center medal is a rendering of the Madonna. 

FORGET ME KNOT!   Below . The emerald green Pater is a lovely vintage melon bead, 16mm.  Lime quartz rounds make up the Aves.  (The scanned image makes these Ave beads look darker than they are.) Oval and round garnets accent this piece as well as tiny Biwa seed pearls. Crucifix is a bronze filigree cross that replicates the crosses of 18th century France.  Why the name, Forget Me Knot!...?  I discovered that one little seed pearl was left out of this prayer chain when I was looking at the scanned image. Of course, I won't forget to re-string this rosary in the not too distant future.  Meantime, don't forget: forgive!  Me, a culprit!  (PRIVATE COLLECTION)

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ROSETTA DECIMA, Top Left.  A bouquet of pink lampwork roses for our Lady make up the Aves in this sweet prayer chain . The Father bead is a rock crystal quartz bead.  A medal honoring the Immaculate Conception and the linear crucifix are both gold-tone.





CHERRY BLOSSOMS, Bottom Left.  Pink lampwork beads capture the beauty of the rose.  The Pater is a large faceted Cherry Quartz.  The Bronze crucifix shows the grieving Blessed Mother at her Son's side.

LEMON GRASS.  Left - Pater is a lovely opaque Tensha bead, 20mm, from modern Japan which is making the finest acrylic beads today. Aves are glass yellow ovals, 14mm.  A medal honoring the Immaculate Conception complements the Sterling Silver cross, 2" which is inscribed with a flower at its heart.



Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.


He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.


While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.


Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.


All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.


This essay was adapted from a sermon written in 1926 by Dr James Allan Francis,

“The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” © 1926, Judson Press of Philadelphia.