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 a traditional rosary made up of fifty-nine beads divided into five sets of ten beads with one bead separating each group. These groups are called “decades”. There are five “Our Father” beads, in between the decades. '' Going down from the center are three beads that are often called “Hail Mary” beads, followed by one more “Our Father” bead. At the end of the cross is a cross. The name Rosary comes from the Latin ''rosarium' meaning ''Crown of Roses”.
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 rosary is used primarily by Roman Catholics to assist them when reciting their prayers. The rosary is used to count the prayers. You can download the prayers here: http://www.newadvent.org/images/rosary.pdf. In these uncertain times, have these available to give to your loved ones in their time of need. It has been said that sometimes it is enough simply to hold the rosary and cross silently – this is itself prayer. If you or someone you know is ill simply holding the rosary may be the best way to pray, reflect or meditate.
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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A NECKLACE ROSARY - AND DOES NOT FIT OVER AN ADULT'S HEAD.
YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD ONLY USE THIS ROSARY UNDER RESPONSIBLE ADULT SUPERVISION.
Cross 1.9" /5 cm
From the top to the bottom of the cross - when doubled over 15" / 38 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.