Remember you will die.
It’s recorded that some Saints would have a human skull on their desks to remind themselves of their Earthly death, and as a reminder that any moment could be their last: so do not waste the day and prepare yourself to meet the Lord.
Memento Mori is also a reminder that when we are followers of Christ we must die to ourselves. We must live for others as Christ lived for us.
But it is a joyful reminder – it’s not all doom and gloom because at the end of our days, if we have lived fully for Christ in accordance with His Church, we will get to Heaven – and only joy and laughter will be our lot.
So remember you will die. And pray often for the grace of a holy death.
In this rosary, the Hail Mary beads are an earthy brown mixed with spots of rust red, maize yellow, sage green, and sand brown as a reminder that we were formed from earth and we will return to the earth – you are dust and to dust you shall return as we say every Ash Wednesday.
The center piece is the St. Benedict medal. Besides being a symbol of protection against demons and temptation, St. Benedict is also the patron of a happy death.
Around the outside of the front (the side with St. Benedict who is holding a cross and his Rule for monastic life which he wrote) it says in Latin, “Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur!” which means “May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!”
On the reverse it has the initials of the Latin exorcism inscribed around the outside – “Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself”, and in the arms of the cross, the initials stands for “May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!” also in Latin.
Taken all together, it’s the perfect centerpiece for a Memento Mori rosary.
The crucifix is a scrolling, highly detailed Gothic style copper crucifix that accents the Benedict medal perfectly and adds an air of ancient mystique.
At 17 inches long, with 8mm beads, this rosary is roughly the same size as your standard rosary, but the cross is rather larger than normal. The rosary is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors, so it is super strong.
Because this rosary is made with stone beads, it has a weight to it and retains ambient cooler room temperate, which is really awesome to feel when you’re praying; it always made me focus more on what I was saying. And then as you pray the stones warm up from your body heat.
Please remember that all things can break with excessive use. Under normal, conscientious use, this rosary will last a very long time, but, for instance, if you keep this rosary in a tight pocket every day, all day and get it crushed under you or against something, the small glass spacers can break and the steel wire will be under strain and can stretch and even break.
These repairs can be made, and I would be delighted to do so, but as time goes on, I might not have extra beads or I might be gone. So do be gentle and take good care of your rosary.
Features of the rosary:
Center piece: 3/4″x3/4″ pewter copper tone Benedictine Medal
Crucifix: 2-3/8″x1-3/8″ large copper tone Crucifix
Hail Mary beads: 8mm matte red creek jasper stone beads
Our Father beads: 9mm magnesite carved skulls
Spacers: 3mm round copper beads and black czech glass seed
With a little bit of practice, you can easily undo/redo the clasp on this rosary bracelet so you can pray it anywhere. The short strand of beads makes it perfect for holding it in the palm of your hand and keeps it from getting caught on anything.
On the bracelet you have the Benedictine Crucifix (protection against demons and temptation in general) and the Miraculous Medal (Mary asked that all wear it).
Stylish, practical, and comfortable, this rosary bracelet has been my go-to rosary for months.
Bracelet measurements – I found the best way to measure my wrist size is to use my phone charger cable because it simulates the thickness of the beads when on the wrist. Wrap the cord around your wrist and make it a comfortable size. Mark (pencil/pen/sharpie) the cord, then measure it flat.
Choose the bracelet size closest to your measurement, rounding down as the beading wire will relax and get larger with constant wear, especially with showering.
7″ – The size in the photos on my wrist. Fits snugly directly against the skin.
7.5″ – what I’m finding to be the average wrist size.
8″ – larger wrist size.
Feel free to ask for a specific size if these don’t work! Extra beads are added between the crucifix and clasp and are adjusted to order.
— Have a particular devotion, size, color, or style of rosary that you are looking for? Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to make a custom rosary just for you. —