A chaplet with ten beads, called a Tenner or in German, "Gebetskette Zehner" (prayer chain with 10 beads), was very popular in the 15th and 16th century.
This one has ten 14mm black onyx beads with filigree bead caps and are connected with metal links. It's unique feature is a 1" Four Way Cross hanging from the bottom. There is metal ring with a hanging cord at the other end to attach to a belt. The overall length is 10 1/2" not including the cord.
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The FOUR WAY CROSS, or cruciform is a combination of four metals important to Catholicism. Looking at the cruciform, you can see the Sacred Heart medal, St. Joseph Medal, St. Christopher Medal, and the Miraculous medal all represented. The images explained stories of faith to the masses before most people were literate.
Religious imagery medals first became popular in the 16th century when the images became recognized as a symbol of faith and devotion. Today, the cruciform is widespread and worn by many.
The Sacred Heart - At the top of the cruciform is the sacred heart of Jesus, an image where Jesus points to His exposed heart, topped with a crown of thorns. The sacred heart represents sacrificial love and mercy that Christ has for humanity.
Joseph - On the left side of the cruciform you will find St. Joseph holding a lily and baby Jesus. As Jesus' foster father, the image of St. Joseph represents guardianship and protection. The lily in his hand symbolizes righteousness and purity.
Christopher -The right side of the cruciform depicts St. Christopher, with baby Jesus strapped to his back, navigating across a stream of rushing water. There are actually three meanings to this image: Christians must always carry the teachings of Jesus with them, they should always offer help to others in need, and they may ask St. Christopher to pray for them when embarking on a long journey.
Miraculous Medal - The miraculous medal can be found at the bottom of the cruciform, and it represents the earliest biblical prophecy of the Jewish messiah. In the image, the Virgin Mary stands atop the world, crushing a snake underfoot. There are also several meanings to this image: Mary represents the origin of Jesus, the globe beneath her feet symbolizes Jesus' kingship over the world, and the crushed snake represents Jesus' ultimate triumph over evil.
THE BACK of the medal displays Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Miraculous symbols with the phrase, "I am a Catholic. Please call a priest." This is inscribed on the medal so that if someone saw it in an emergency, a priest could be called to pray for the wearer of the medal.
TENNER - A chaplet with ten beads, called a Tenner or in German, "Gebetskette Zehner" (prayer chain with 10 beads), was very popular in the 15th and 16th century. They usually had a saint's metal, cross, pomander or tassel hanging from the bottom. Often an eleventh larger bead for saying the Lord's Prayer was added, as well as a cross for saying the Apostle's Creed.
ONYX - Onyx is a stone of inner strength, focused attention, willpower, self-mastery, discipline and reason. It is a protective stone used in battles or conflicts of all kinds. It carries courage along with the "survival of the species" energy.
See more like this in our Rosaries and Paternosters Section!
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