New chaplet bead designs have arrived!
Excited to introduce these chaplets, for those who may like the circular-rotating-through-the-beads feel while praying, but do not need to wear them all day like the stretch bracelets.
These chaplet beads are strung on a very sturdy, yet very flexible wire, and can be kept in your pocket. Great for use by men and women. (Make note: these are not bracelets and are not meant to be worn.)
Let's meet them...
The blue beads are made of 10mm Sodalite and have a very substantial weight and feel to them. Each bead is faceted for subtle flickers of light and display a unique blend of sapphire, cobalt, and white tones that suggest a deep swirling midnight sky and royal blue for Our Lady. Imagine holding Mary's hand while you're praying with them. The bright silver colored hematite spacers reflect the brightness of the star that illuminated that holy night sky.
The update new stock of 10mm Bethlehem Olive Wood beads comes personally from my Bethlehem supplier of Olive Wood, so you can be sure your purchase goes to supporting the few remaining struggling Christian families in the Holy Land. Each bead has rich color, and is hand sealed in olive oil to bring out the varying grain patterns that beautifully reflect the aged olive wood. These beads were designed to evoke the humble strength of St. Joseph the carpenter, caring for Our Lady as they journey towards Bethlehem illuminated by the star, as well as a foreshadowing of the cross of Christ.
The updated 8mm Amethyst beads have new spacer beads this year: silver colored faceted Preciosa Czech crystal that evoke a sparkly starry night sky against a deep purple semi-precious gemstone that matches the violet color of the liturgical season and the priests vestments at Mass. This is the smallest of the chaplets if you're needing something easy to carry.
Each chaplet features a very solid sterling silver medal (with a nice weight to it) of the Holy Family beneath the Star of Bethlehem that is reached at the end of the 15 prayers of the novena. The medal also nicely matches the companion prayer card.
Do you have a favorite?
Hello Christmas Novena family!!
Seasonal sales of the St. Andrew Christmas Novena prayer beads have begun early and I am already busy restocking, with some new items being added soon!
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What a year we've had, and it's not over!
All the more reason to do whatever we can to stay in the calm presence of Our Lord through intentional prayer and frequent use of sacramentals, that help us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus!
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena prayer, that starts November 30th and lasts all Advent long, is a beautiful means to do that!
Let us never forget that Our Lord and Our Lady are always close and ready to supply us with whatever grace we need for every trial, no matter how big or even how small.
We just have to ask for their help.
Jesus, I trust in you!
It's always a good idea to 'get ready for Advent' (and not just Christmas) by planning now for some intentional ways to clear the deck for some extra silence and prayer time in December.
What are some things you can do, or habits you can pick up, to carve out some quiet time this Advent?
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