This Irish Penal Bronze Rosary is made with 8mm Jade pebbles. Each bead is individually wire-wrapped in 22 gauge brass wire, which will patina over time into a dark bronze hue. The 2 inch crucifix is from the "Penal Times" in Ireland, 1540-1731. Its elongated form fit readily into the hand for praying and concealment from religious persecution. The Celtic Antiquity rosary ring is 1 1/8" in diameter. They are both solid bronze and are hand cast in the USA from antique pieces. One of a kind original creation. Only 1 available.
The Irish Penal Rosary is known as 'An Paidrin Beag' or 'The Little Rosary came from a sad time in Irish History. The Irish Penal Rosary was a single-decade rosary used in Ireland during 'Penal Times' when religious objects were forbidden and the Catholic church had to go underground. The single decade rosary worn from a ring used in Ireland during penal times and thus became known as the penal rosary. The ring could be put on one finger at a time, beginning with the thumb. It could then be moved to the next finger until all 5 decades of the rosary were completed. This little rosary was easily hidden and allowed devout Roman Catholics to pray in secret with less fear of being caught.