This sweet Catholic rosary embodies the purity and simplicity of beloved St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Obtained on a pilgrimage to Lisieux, France, it features 3-sided, dimpled white glass beads and lustrous silver plated (tested) components. The beads are both opaque and translucent, and take on the fluorescence of mother of pearl as the light reflects off the eclectic shape.
The oval center medal bears a beautiful depiction of St. Thérèse holding a bough of roses across her heart. Note the exquisite details including her slender hands, the prominent corpus on the cross, and her delightfully serene countenance. An unknown maker’s mark is along the left edge beneath the Latin words, “Sancta Teresia a Jesu Infante,” which translates to “St. Thérèse of the Infant Jesus.”
The verso is nicely cast with more flowers along the top cuff and the French words, “Je veux passer mon ciel à faire du bien sur la terre,” which translates to “I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.” The patina is beautiful and has been gently buffed, but not cleaned, to accentuate the wonderful details on this medal.
The square cross has a plain border and is inlaid with beautiful fleurs-de-lis and Gothic design elements. The molded corpus is also beautifully detailed with just the right amount of devotional smoothing. The verso is inscribed, “Sir (souvenir) de Lisieux.” Please note that there is a very slight wave along the vertical arm of the cross that aligns with the thumb and forefinger; I have no doubt it is from active prayer.
Nicely weighted and well-constructed, this feminine religious treasure is uplifting and suitable for daily prayer. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 29 grams
Length – 17-3/4 inches total; 5-3/4 inch drop
Beads – Irregular 5-1/2 to 6.5 mm
Crucifix – 1 x 1-1/2 inches
Medal – 1/2 x 3/4 inches
Snug, but may be suitable for wearing
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