Red Penal Rosary, Wire Wrapped

$21.50

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Item details

Handmade

Materials

brass crucifix, brass rosary centerpiece, brass filigree bead caps, Vintaj blass plated wire, filigree Vintaj bead caps

Penal rosaries and crucifixes have a wonderful story behind them. They were used during the times when religious objects were forbidden and it was illegal to be Catholic. Being caught with a rosary could mean imprisonment or worse. A penal rosary is a single decade with the crucifix on one end and, oftentimes, a ring on the other. When praying the penal rosary you would start with the ring on your thumb and the beads and crucifix of the rosary in your sleeve, as you moved on to the next decade you moved the ring to your next finger and so on and so forth. This allowed people to pray the rosary without the fear of being detected.

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