AUTHENTIC OLIVE WOOD ROSARY WITH A TAO/TAU CROSS – Hand carved by craftsmen in the Holyland, using traditional techniques. Made from authentic, highest quality, 8 mm olive wood beads each one unique in its beauty due to the difference in the shading and lines on it. The beads are carefully assembled and knotted on sturdy dark brown cord.
A PERFECT COMPANION FOR PRAYER & MEDITATION - This is an Anglican Rosary, used by Anglicans, as well as other dominations of Christians as a focus for prayer. It was created by the Rev. Lynn Bauman in the mid-1980s, to help bring about contemplative, meditative prayer. The touching of the fingers on each successive bead aids helps to keep the mind from wandering when praying.
INCLUDES AN OLIVE WOOD TAO CROSS –also known as a Tau cross this cross was especially beloved by St. Francis hence it also being known as a St Francis cross. – see more information below. This cross has a silky smooth feel and it will develop its own natural patina as it is held and handled over time. The cross measures approximately 1.5" x 1.25" x .15" / 2 cm x 2.5 cm x 0.4 cm. No two rosaries will ever look the same due to the variations in the grain of the wood.
A CHERISHED GIFT - This Anglican rosary is made up of thirty-three beads divided into groups. There are four groups consisting of seven beads with additional separate beads separating the groups. These groups are called “weeks”. There are 4 ''cruciform'' beads, in between the “weeks” beads. When the loop of beads is opened into a circular shape, these particular beads form the points of a cross within the circle of the set, hence the term ''cruciform.'' Next, after the cross, is a single bead termed the nvitatory'' bead, giving the total of thirty-three. The name Rosary comes from the Latin ''rosarium' meaning ''Crown of Roses.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY - These crosses are made only from the trimmings of ancient olive trees growing in the Bethlehem region, the site of the nativity of Jesus (Matt 2, Luke 2).
A PERFECT CHRISTIAN GIFT for ALL OCCASIONS - Comes with a HJW Certificate of Origin.
Cross - 1.9" /5 cm
From the top to the bottom of the cross - when doubled over 10.5’ / 27 cm
What is a Tau (Tao) Cross?
The Tau /Tao cross is named after the Greek letter "tao", or the English letter "T" that it resembles. The symbol has been attributed to many pre-Christian cultures including the ancient Romans and Greeks, and is one of the most established of ancient symbols. The Tao has also been connected to the Pagan Druids, who fashioned crosses in this shape from oak trees to represent the god Thau.
Nowadays it is associated with St. Francis of Assisi, who explained to his fellow friars that their monastic habit symbolized the Tau Cross. When the arms of the one wearing the habit are outstretched to the sides, it roughly creates an image of the Tau Cross. If one then includes the body of the one wearing it in the imagery, the wearer becomes a living, walking crucifix. According to St. Francis this imagery is to remind them of their lifelong devotion to God and their pledge to serve both God and man.
St. Francis of Assisi had a colourful life. The son of a wealthy merchant, he spent his youth drinking and partying and all that that entails. However, after a serious illness he renounced sin, and began to live in abject poverty, and was no longer interested in material things. He founded the order of the Dominican Friars, and the symbol he adopted for them was the Tau Cross.
Due to his work of administering the gospel to the lepers, the Tau Cross became known for its protection against the plague and other diseases. Saint Francis died aged 44 years old, after being almost blind and very ill for the last years of his life. Two years before his death, he is said to have received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side.