A Hail Mary Decade is one decade of the rosary, consisting of just 10 beads with a cross or crucifix. Those who are not in the habit of praying the rosary may look at it as a daunting task. Lots of beads, lots of prayers and meditations all at the same time! A decade however, is great way to begin praying the rosary. You can focus on just one mystery while reciting one Our Father and 10 Hail Mary prayers. Before you know it you will be praying the whole rosary on just one decade strand. The Hail Mary Decade is a wonderful way to begin a relationship with Our Blessed Mother Mary. We can pray with and to her. She watches over those who honour her and answers those who ask for her intercession.
I offer the Hail Mary Decade Chaplet in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page. Sample images and prices are shown below.
The Hail Mary Decade Chaplet consists 10 needle-felted woollen beads and crocheted and felted cross.
I create large Hail Mary Decades made from natural wool fleece. I needle-felt woolen beads, each about the size of a ping pong ball, either dyed in Kool-Aid colours or left naturally and paired together with a co-ordinating soft woolen cross. It feels great in your hands, and it is soft and pliable. These oversized decades are great for people with limited dexterity or those who benefit from tactile sensations.
Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary
For Teenagers and Adults
“Holy Virgin, from now on I will show you my loving devotion by imitating your virtues. There is no greater homage, no greater proof of love, that I can give.” (“Imitation of Mary” by Alexander De Rouville. 1985-1977 Catholic Publishing Corp., N.Y., pg. 17)
The church urges us as Catholic faithful to look to Jesus’ Mother, Mary, as a role model during our earthly lives and to imitate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin as best we can. The Virtues are: Pure, Prudent, Humble, Faithful, Devout, Obedient, Poor, Patient, Merciful, Sorrowful/Compassionate. Give Mary your solitude by being alone with her while praying this chaplet. Giving Her your time and attention, you will realize something within you that calms your sorrows and alleviates your fears. Before you know it, you will begin to hear God speak to you because you know His mother. It is in this solitude where you can learn to trust God and honour His Blessed Mother. Bring all your dangers, doubts and anxieties to Mary. Believe she can help you and have faith.
The Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a straightforward prayer strand and features the most popular Catholic prayers; Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. I came across this prayer bead strand in my research, but felt that something was needed to reflect on while praying, so I paired each virtue with a meditation from St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary”, a church classic.
This chaplet is ideal for those who want to deepen their relationship with Our Blessed Mother. It is also great for high school students who have stepped away from their faith and are searching for something a little different. Also great for retreats for teachers, educators and groups who desire faith development. This chaplet can help you get to know Mary better and thus bring you closer to Her Son, Jesus.
“The Blessed Virgin’s life contains lessons for everyone. If we study it, we learn how to live in prosperity and adversity, prayer and work, honors and humiliations.” (Imitation of Mary by Alexander De Rouville. 1985-1977 Catholic Publishing Corp., N.Y., pg. 15)
I offer the Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Felted – $15
The Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary consists of a felted woolen cross or ten pointed star, 10 colourful glass beads, each representing a specific virtue and a glass end bead to finish the chaplet.
With Confirmation, the Paraclete opens before you a path of continual rediscovery of the grace of adoption as children of God, which will make you joyful seekers of the truth.
Pope John Paul II
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are completing your commitment to Christ that began at your Baptism, making you adults in the Faith. You are given the Holy Spirit who visits you inwardly and touches you deep within your soul. Whatever challenges you face in your life, know that these special gifts given to you by the Holy Spirit are like no others. Time in prayer will help you develop these gifts and give you complete confidence in Christ.
Inspired by the Sacrament of Confirmation, with children, ages 12—14 in mind, I have re-created the Chaplet of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit by using more modern day vocabulary that would appeal to our young people. The Gifts are the same: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude (Courage), Counsel (Right Judgement), Piety (Reverence) and Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe), but I have added meditations that will hopefully inspire our faithful young Catholics. The Holy Spirit did indeed guide me through this process.
The chaplet consists of a felted woolen cross, 7 beads, each representing a specific gift: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude (Courage), Counsel (Right Judgement), Piety (Reverence) and Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe), and an end bead. Each gift has a short meditation/prayer to fully gain its meaning. The cross and end bead also have a prayer. Mary has a strong presence in this chaplet as each gift is accompanied by a Hail Mary. Know that you can also call on Our Blessed Mother for help at any time.
This is also a great chaplet for those who wish to reconnect with the Holy Spirit and reaffirm the gifts that have been given us.
So we pray with Mary, sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, a most precious dwelling-place of Christ among us, so that she may help us to be living temples of the Spirit and tireless witnesses of the Gospel.
Pope John Paul II
I offer the Chaplet of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit in white and the colour of your choice. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
This chaplet is inspired by the heavenly event that took place in Genazzano, Italy at Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel on the Feast of St. Mark, April 25th, 1467. It was there in a dilapidated church, the crowd witnessed a beautiful white cloud descending from a blue sky while hearing church bells ringing and beautiful music. As the cloud faded, a painting appeared on the wall of the Chapel picturing the Mother of God with the Divine Infant in her arms. It appears to be hanging in mid-air on the wall, supported only by the lower edge where it rests on a small base.
Mary began healing those who visited the image who were ill and granted them many graces. Followers of Mary continue to believe that She herself guards it with loving care. Those who witness the painting say that the colour of Mary’s complexion changes as does her expression, her smile, and her eyes. Copies of the image also help those who ask for Our Blessed Mother’s help.
The mystery surrounding this painting brings us to a little church in Scutari, Albania, home to the aforementioned fresco. The Turks were set to attack Albania and the church was to be taken over. Two Christian men who did not want to leave their blessed painting were visited in a dream by Our Mother Mary who instructed them to follow the painting. They witnessed the fresco leave the wall of their church and was carried by a cloud to Italy, where it currently resides in Genazzano. The men shared their story with those in Italy and their generations remained there.
Several popes have revered Our Lady of Good Counsel and encouraged Her devotion. Pope Benedict XIV (247th pope, 1740-1758) increased the devotion of the Marian Fresco by establishing the Pious Union. As news of this heavenly gift spread throughout Christianity, not all could visit the shrine, so the pope created this group. It was offered to all, rich and poor. Those who became members of the Pious Union sent their names written down to the shrine and were left at the painting. They also kept a copy of the fresco, recited 3 Hail Mary’s daily and once a year offered a Mass or Communion for their fellow union members. The register at the icon’s shrine shows Popes Pius VIII, Pius IX and Leo XIII all enrolled as members. Pope Pius XII placed his pontificate under the maternal care of Our Lady of Good Counsel. In honour of the Pious Union and its memory, I have included 3 Hail Mary’s to the chaplet.
During its restoration in the 1950’s, it was revealed that the image was part of a larger fresco and the identity of the artist became known. It is believed to be the work of the fifteenth century artist Gentile da Fabriano, painted around the time of Pope Martin V (1417-1431). Incidentally, Pope Martin V was born in Genazzano.
The Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26.
The Novena of Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 17-25.
I offer the Chaplet of Our Lady of Good Counsel in blue. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page, a 7 cm x 11 cm copy of the painting, Our Lady of Good Counsel, as in the shrine in Genazzano, and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of St. Joseph
After creating Chaplet of Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I was called to make a similar one for St. Joseph. I paired each virtue with a meditation from Richard F. Clarke’s book “The Devout Year”, Short Meditations: March-St. Joseph, 1893. This chaplet also features Hail Joseph, a prayer I found in a 19th Century prayer book “A Novena of Meditation In Honour of St. Joseph, According to the Method of Saint Ignatius” 1874.
St. Joseph is often over-looked in our world today. Take some time and get to know the chosen father of Jesus and loving spouse of Mary. Keep in mind that this was the man that was made guardian of the divine child, that helped form the character of Jesus. St. Joseph also suffered alongside his Holy Spouse, and was witness to his grieving wife and the mother of his child. St. Joseph is Heaven sent. He is our spiritual father. Ask for his intercession.
I offer the Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of St. Joseph in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Chaplet of the Eight Evangelical Virtues of St. Joseph
For Children Grades 3-6
I was inspired to create this little chaplet for children based on the Chaplet of Eight Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Let St. Joseph, who was chosen by the Holy Spirit to be Mary’s husband and Jesus’ earthly father, guide you to a blessed life.
This little chaplet of virtues offers St. Joseph as a role model for all to imitate. The best way to know his son Jesus is to know His chosen guardian and care-giver. Let St. Joseph be your spiritual father. Ask him for his guidance and protection. Take his hand and let him show you the way. Trust Joseph to give you loving comfort even when you sin. Trust him throughout your lifetime. Always and Forever.
Featuring Hail Joseph, a prayer I found in a 19th Century prayer book “A Novena of Meditation In Honour of St. Joseph, According to the Method of Saint Ignatius” 1874.
I offer the Chaplet of the Eight Evangelical Virtues of St. Joseph in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Chaplet of the Eight Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary
For Children Grades 3-6
I was inspired to create this little chaplet for children based on the Chaplet of Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary for adults.
“Let the soul of Mary be in each of us to magnify the Lord and the spirit of Mary be in each of us to rejoice in God” St. Ambrose
This little chaplet of virtues offers Mary as a role model for all to imitate. The best way to know her son Jesus is to know His Blessed Mother. Let Mary be your spiritual mother. Let her guide you to him. Take Her hand and let her show you the way. Trust Her to give you loving comfort even when you sin. Trust Her throughout your lifetime. Always and Forever.
I offer the Chaplet of the Eight Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Known for ‘her little way’, She lived her life doing ordinary things with great love—God’s love. Those who pray for her intercession are often showered with roses.
Patroness of the Missions & Missionaries
Thérèse of Lisieux is famous for her “Little Way”: becoming a saint not by doing great or heroic deeds, but by offering little events and activities of life to God with great love. She looked upon every blessing in life as an expression of God’s love for her and upon every difficulty in life as an opportunity to express her love to Him.
Thérèse of Lisieux was only four years old when her mother died. She was looked after by her four older sisters until two of her eldest sisters joined the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. On Christmas Day, 1886, the young girl experienced a profound conversion. She developed a great love for the missionary life of the Church. Her desire for prayer increased and she constantly begged to join the convent but was too young to take such vows. By special dispensation she entered the Carmelites on April 9, 1888 and was professed on September 8, 1890. For the next seven years she lived a Life of prayer, developing her spirituality by reading the Carmelite mystics and following the austere rules of the order. Thérèse concentrated on doing everything in life, especially the little things, out of love for God and for her neighbours. The abbess forbade Thérèse to fast because she was too young and somewhat frail. Instead, she encouraged her to write, which lead to The Story of the Soul and many other of her texts, including poetry, prayers, plays and plenty of letters. These writings describe how every ‘little life’ (and our routine duties) can be enhanced by faithfulness and love.
Thérèse longed for the opportunity to spread the love of Christ to foreign lands and always prayed for missionaries. Sadly, ¡n 1897, she died from tuberculosis at the age of 24. Pilgrims still flock to Lisieux to venerate St. Thérèse, who is known as Theresa-of-the-Child-Jesus.
Feast Day of St. Thérèse is October 1st.
I offer the Chaplet of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Patron of childbirth, children, falsely accused people, fever, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians and pregnant women.
After much research, I created this chaplet myself, using the prayers of St. Raymond’s Novena.
Raymond was born to a noble family in Spain in 1204. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. He felt drawn to the religious life, joining the Mercedarians. He spent his entire estate ransoming slaves. When his money ran out, he offered himself as hostage for several slaves. He was sentenced to death but spared due to the ransom he would bring. Suffering in captivity, a legend states that the Moors bored a hole through his lips with a hot iron and padlocked his mouth to prevent him from preaching (he converted several guards). He was tortured for continuing his evangelizing activities but was ransomed eight months later. On his return to Barcelona in 1239, he was appointed Cardinal by Pope Gregory IX, but died the following year.
As a ritual, locks are placed at his altar to stop gossip, rumours, false testimonies and bad talk. They are also used to keep secrets, stop cursing or lying and to guard priests who want to protect the secrecy of confession.
The Feast Day of St. Raymond Nonnatus is August 31. His Novena to obtain special favour is especially effective August 23-31.
I offer the Chaplet of St. Raymond Nonnatus in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
His name means “medicine of God” or “Healing power of God”, and he wounds hearts with his arrows of love. He is both a healer and protector.
Patron Saint of the blind, bodily ills, counselors, druggists, eye problems, guardian angels, happy meetings, healers, health inspectors, health technicians, love, lovers, mental illness, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, shepherds, against sickness, therapists, travelers, young people and young people leaving home for the first time.
The angel Raphael appears only in the Book of Tobit. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah, calling himself “Azarias the son of the great Ananias”. During the adventurous course of the journey the archangel’s protective influence is shown in many ways including the binding of the demon in the desert of upper Egypt.
After the return and the healing of the blindness of Tobit, Azarias makes himself known. Regarding the healing powers attributed to Raphael, we have his declaration to Tobit that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sarah, his future daughter-in-law, from the demon Asmodeus, who abducts and kills every man she marries on their wedding night before the marriage can be consummated.
The Feast Day of St. Raphael is September 29, and is shared with the Archangels St. Michael and St. Gabriel.
I offer the Chaplet of St. Raphael in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.