Enormous, extra-long French rosary necklace with a beautiful Mary centrepiece and very detailed crucifix.
There are two extra zinc medals attached, one of which is of St Benedict.
The rosary is in very good, vintage condition, with some rust on the metal links but is otherwise intact.
Measuring a remarkable 28" (71cm) when laid in a line, the cross sits below hip-level when worn.
The medal attached to the crucifix is dated 1952 and bears an inscription in French regarding the chalice which Jesus asks God to destroy as a sign that he be saved from the crucifixion: "mon pere s'il est possible que ce calice s'éloigne de moi".
On the reverse it reads "faites non la mienne que votre volonte soit" which translates approximately as 'do nothing but thy will'.
The St Benedict medal is at the nape of the neck and has 'Crux.s.Patri Benedicti' (Cross of the Holy Father Benedict) around a priest-like figure holding a cross in his right hand and a book (the rule) in his left with the word 'pax' (peace) beneath his feet.
The following is quoted from St Peter's List, which is sadly no longer available online:
"The reverse of the medal bears a cross with the initial letters of the words: “Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux” (The Holy Cross be my light), written downward on the perpendicular bar; the initial letters of the words, “Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux” (Let not the dragon be my guide), on the horizontal bar; and the initial letters of “Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti” in the angles of the cross. Round the margin stand the initial letters of the distich: “Vade Retro Satana, Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana — Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas” (Begone, Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities — evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy own poison).
At the top of the cross usually stands the word Pax (peace) or the monogram I H S (Jesus).
The Medal Wards Against
- To destroy witchcraft and all other diabolical and haunting influences
- To impart protection to persons tempted, deluded, or tormented by evil spirits
- To obtain the conversion of sinners into the Catholic Church, especially when they are in danger of death
- To serve as an armor against temptation
- To destroy the effects of poison
- To secure a timely and healthy birth for children
- To afford protection against storms and lightning
- To serve as an efficacious remedy for bodily afflictions and a means of protection against contagious diseases."