Beautiful vintage Catholic Religious Rosary with celestial blue crystal faceted glass beads. The rosary has a small sealed glass compartment that held holy water from Lourdes. The glass is set in silver-tone metal medal. The face has an embossed picture of Saint Bernadette kneeling before the Virgin. The reverse has an opening to view the Holy Water, and has the words Eau de Lourdes (Water of Lourdes) above it.
The silver-tone crucifix has the figure of Christ and the letters INRI,as was inscribed on the original cross. The rosary comes in a small black leather purse with a picture of the Cathedral of Lourdes. The Rosary measures 38" in total. The crucifix is about 1 7/8" length which includes the dangle, medal & crucifix.
The beads are in excellent condition and truly lovely in color and feel. The metal portions show some patina as befits a vintage piece. This was most likely acquired on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France 50 - 75 years ago.
This is a thoughtful gift for any Christian celebration or a meaningful gift to a friend in need of healing. Though the visible water of Lourdes has evaporated over time, we trust the spirit remains.
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