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rosaries from the rosary workshop - RLS series index
LIVING STONES - creatures of God
semi - precious stones - from the spoken word of God


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CREATURES OF GOD0
RLS  - LIVING STONES INDEX
a collection of rosaries made of stones that are millions of years old, creatures of God who spoke them into being. Each crying out the Glory of God.
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LUKE.19:40
  40  ---  “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”
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CREATURES OF GOD
MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
Think of it! Stones, including the semi precious stones used in these rosaries are millions of years old and were spoken into existence by the word of God! The same voice that created each of us.  the same voice that created the heavens and the universe.  Down to the smallest, we are all his creatures.  In this series, each stone, each rosary cries out blessings and praise to its creator!
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 2  The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.  3  Day unto day pours forth speech;  night unto night whispers knowledge.  PSALM 19:2-3

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LIVING STONE 'TENNERS'
can we call stones and shells'creatures of God?" see
what Father Corey shares with us: 
CREATURES, CRITTERS, CREATION
PRAISE OF ALL CREATURES
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CONSIER THE LILIES 
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~ LIVING STONE  ROSARIES ~

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most available in (b) bronze and (s) sterling
fairly new stone on market 
NO VOICE IS HEARD - RLS.21300
Dk brown lava / spotted chalcedony: 
  AVE BEADS:  The dark brown lava is no mystery.  It is a deep color and visually supports the very hard to find  spotted chalcedony. PATER BEADS: Purchased over 5 years ago. Each stone is hand faceted and in its natural state.  Not a lot of information out there re the spotted chalcedony at this time.  Noted where shown, sells out quickly.  Ours is especially lovely.  Red is from Sard or carnelian, black from deposits of Onyx. Each signature is different.

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fairly new stone on market 
WORK OF YOUR HANDS- RLS.21310
ruby zoisite / garnet chunks : 
AVE BEADS: ruby zoisite is a relatively new gemstone. It is a natural combination of ruby and zoisite crystals in a single specimen. Zoisite, the same mineral as tanzanite, as found in Tanzania. One of the most delightfullycolorful stones found. There isn't another stone like it in the mineral world. PATER BEADS: Garnet chunks are also rare beauties.  One side naturally rough, other side  faceted, showing off its natural beauty.  A bit like each of us revealing our inner and outer self!  And no two alike.

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available in 5 rare colors
TO YOU ALONE - RLS.21320 (natural white)
'druzy' quartz / swarovski crystal  - 
AVE BEADS: Druzy (crystals) are gemstones, popular as beads as appear like tiny 'geodes' to the eye.  Very popular in jewelry, and here, rosaries because of their rare, natural  beauty.Formed millions of years ago.  Read more by clicking icon, PATER BEADS: are faceted Austrian crystal from Swarovski.  Each capped with antiqued filigrees. Available in 5 colors while they last.

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available in 5 rare colors
ALL PRAISE TO YOU - RLS.21330 (amethyst)
ALL GLORY TO YOU - RLS.21331  (turquoise)
'druzy' quartz / swarovski crystal  - 
AVE BEADS: Druzy (crystals) are gemstones, popular as beads as appear like tiny 'geodes' to the eye.  Very popular in jewelry, and here, rosaries because of their rare, natural  beauty.Formed millions of years ago.  Read more by clicking icon, PATER BEADS: are faceted Austrian crystal from Swarovski.  Each capped with antiqued filigrees. Available in 5 colors while they last.

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RLS.21330,21331

available in 5 rare colors
ALL HONOR TO YOU - RLS.21332 (lt. rose)
ALL BLESSINGS ARE YOURS - RLS.21333 (moss)

'druzy' quartz / swarovski crystal  -  AVE BEADS: Druzy (crystals) are gemstones, popular as beads as appear like tiny 'geodes' to the eye.  Very popular in jewelry, and here, rosaries because of their rare, natural  beauty. Formed millions of years ago.  Read more by clicking icon,  PATER BEADS:  are faceted Austrian crystal from Swarovski.  Each capped with antiqued filigrees. Available in 5 colors while they last.

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new design
BE PRAISED O LORD  II  - RLS.21640

gray-wood / ocean jasper:  AVE BEADS:  10 mm Greywood make up the Ave bead in this series. A beautiful compliment to the Pater Beads shown here.   PATER BEAD: Ocean Jasper, also mentioned above is a category unto itself.  The variations are amazing!  Because it is a natural stone, it will vary from bead to bead. Note the tiny creatures who left their signatures all through these stones ... their richness does not show uless held in the hand under natural light ...
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 Jasper is one of the 12 gems set into the foundations of the city walls of Jerusalem, and is considered a highly protective stone by ancients.

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very very limited
AND GIVE THANKS  - RLS.21341

lace agate ('DZI') stones 'heaven's pearl' / Cz glass design: AVE BEADS:8 mm lace agates.  Chinese vender called them a generic term:  'DZI' (means "shine, brightness, clearness, splendor." Bead also called "heaven's bead" or "heaven's pearl") - These lace agates are newly mined and manufactured and have no history with any other culture. PATER BEADS:  Another great find at a recent Bead Show - from Czechoslovakia, these glass beads are called ' Carved Ovals with a matte finish - we love them!  And love the way the antiqued filigree caps capture the bead and hold it in place! 

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very very limited
IN YOU I TAKE REFUGE  - RLS.21342

ruby pebbles / hand cut carnelian: AVE BEADS: If you ever find a tiny pebble on the beach that looks like these, be assured you may have found a ruby! The more these beads are prayerd, the richer and deeper the color becomes!  PATER BEADS: Each semi precious carnelian stone we have chosen for the Pater beads is individually hand cut, revealing their inner beautiy.  We are finding the rough cuts are doing better each year. This one happens to be my favorite. This rosary is very limited and unable to replace when sold. 

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~ LIVING STONE  'TENNERS' ~
INSPIRED BY 15c 'ZEHNERS'
Early 10 bead prayer counters were very popular with men in the 15c.  It was not unusul to see these old 10 bead chaplets or 'Zehners with tassels on one end, sometimes one would even see a little cross attached to the tassel. Why a tassel?  tradtion tells us it was to 'wipe away one's sinful tears'
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AN ANCIENT TRADITION
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Here we have used 8 mm blue lapiz stones  (above) and red tiger eye stones (below).  Rings are 100 years old and quite rare (more below).  Tassels are new. 

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COUNTING RINGS
FOR YOUR FIVE FINGERS
As you may have guessed, the ring is passed from finger to finger to complete the five decades of the rosary. We see this tradition in the Irish penal chaplets, which helped them to keep them out of sight of the red coats who were out to destroy the faith of the Catholics during the Penal times.
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ANTIQUE BRONZE RINGS
Each ring was individually cast over 100 years ago using the 'lost wax' method. Lost wax casting (cire perdue) is a method where metals such as silver, gold, brass or bronze are cast in a single mold which is destroyed to retrieve the casting, in this case, a ring.  This method dates back before 3500 BC.
WHY TASSELS?
Why a tassel? Tradition tells us that it was to 'wipe away one's tears because of sin! A great little chaplet for those who are historical reenactors, or enjoy being a part of history in renaissance fairs, etc.
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 We were delighted to find these little metal tassels, probably not very old but we thought they would work for these little 'Tenners'. The early ones (15c) were of course, made of strips of fabric, ribbons, threads and decorative cords. 

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~ CREATURES ~
CREATURES, CRITTERS & CREATION
with great-filled thanks to Father Corey
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 THE TECHNICAL DEFINITION OF A CREATURE IS "SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE ACT OF CREATION." 
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PSALM 8:5-7
 4  When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place — 5 What are humans that you are mindful of them,mere mortals that you care for them?  6 Yet you have made them little less than a god,crowned them with glory and honor. 7 You have given them rule over the works of your hands ... 
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"CRITTERS"
The two definitions of a critter are  1.  a domesticated animal.  2.  any creature.
Whatever your definition of "critter" is, it is a type of creature, because all critters are a result of the creation of God. 
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PSALM 98:7-9
  7 Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell there. 8  Let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy,  9 Before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.
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"CREATURES"
So stones can be called creatures or the creation of God.  The reason that all of God's creation proclaims His awesome glory is because God puts a little bit of Himself in each one of His creations.  Some things in their awesome complexity proclaim the order and beauty of God.  Mountains proclaim the majesty of God.  Stars proclaim the omnipresence of God and so forth.
ONE STONE AT A TIME
We picture the desert fathers using these pebbles, but unlike ours, their counting stones were probably unpolished, unstrung and kept in a leather pouch!  But you will also see more elegant, faceted stones that reveal their individual identity and inner beauty. Rosaries made from these gemstones are often strung in their natural form as chunks or chips inspired by our sages of the ancient past. 
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PRECIOUS STONES 
FORMED OUT OF DARK ROCK
"Father Joe shares: "In an advanced class in Volcanic Molten Rock we watched precious stones form out of the dark rock mass as minerals combined with the cooling magma crystalized and formed rubies, diamonds and glittering precious stones in the inky black mass.  We could not control which precious stones appeared and the process in 1974 was too expensive to do commercially." then Father adds: 
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"GOD PUT JUST AS 
MANY COLORS UNDER THE EARTH ... "
"I felt like I was seeing the spirit of God create a rainbow of colors in the darkness.  The geologist teaching the class said: “God put just as many colors under the earth has he put above the earth to draw men to faith in the Master Designer to praise Him. Jesus said if people were told to shut up and not praise him ----"
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SPEAK TO THE EARTH
" --- The stones in the earth deserve our full investigation and study, Speak to the earth, study creation, and she shall reveal her secrets and point you to the creator of all things the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit ---
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--- We worship not creation but Almighty God revealed in the Holy Scriptures. But his creatures rejoice."
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PSALM 24:1-2
 The earth is the LORD’s and all it holds,athe world and those who dwell in it.  2 For he founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers.
 




~ CONSIDER the LILIES ~
  AFTER SOME VERY 
 DISCOURAGING FAMILY NEWS
I was really discouraged as my sister had passed a few weeks ago. And now I  just heard another sister had a heart attack and pneumonia.  I went out the back door and this is what I saw.  After some really violent thunderstorms, I discover the lilies had opened, the rain on the blooms spoke volumes - our Lord is in control.
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 IT WAS AS IF ...
 ... as if the Lilies opened up to share this silent word:
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REMEMBER THE LILIES
 Jesus said, "Remember the lilies. Remember Joseph, He holds (your sister) in the  palm of His nail scared hands".  +  image and words shared by Father Joseph

CONSIDER THE LILIES

 Matthew 6:28–29 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 




~  PRAISE of the CREATURES ~
CANTICLE OF THE SUN
Laudes Creaturarum (Praise of the Creatures),
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
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The Canticle of the Sun, also known as the Laudes Creaturarum (Praise of the Creatures), is a religious song composed by Saint Francis of Assisi.  Translated into many languages from the Umbrian language spoken by Francis.
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 Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
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To You, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.
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Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,who brings the day; and You give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.
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Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.
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Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which You give Your creatures sustenance.
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Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
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Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.
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Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
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Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of You;  through those who endure sickness and trial.
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Happy those who endure in peace, for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.
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Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will. The second death can do no harm to them.
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Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.
 




~  MORE SCRIPTURE ~
 PSALM 19:2-7
the leader. A psalm of David
   2  The heavens declare the glory of God; he firmament proclaims the works of his hands.  3  Day unto day pours forth speech;  night unto night whispers knowledge.  4  There is no speech, no words; their voice is not heard;  5  A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends of the world. He has pitched in them a tent for the sun;  6  it comes forth like a bridegroom from his canopy, and like a hero joyfully runs its course.  7  From one end of the heavens it comes forth; its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat.
 
 CREATURES OF GOD
Job 12:8 (Tanakh)
  8  Or speak to the earth, it will teach you; The fish of the sea, they will inform you. 
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A HIDDEN GEM
 Here is one of my favorite hidden gems in a Bible verse. It is from the book of Job the oldest book in the Bible. Documenting Job’s steadfast faith in Almighty God, even when Satan is permitted by God to remove Job’s wealth, his family, possessions, health and leave him with useless friends and the nag of a wife. (God paid Job’s wife back by having to birth all those children again! My friendly Rabbi said this to me in a course on Job.) - shared by Fr Joe
  12  Yes,  in joy you shall go forth, in peace you shall be brought home; Mountains and hills shall break out in song before you, all trees of the field shall clap their hands.  ISAIAH 55:12
 



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