All Rosaries are "Chaplets" but not all Chaplets are the
59 bead Rosary of the Virgin Mary.
Chaplet simply refers to the stringing of a number of beads for the purpose of devotional prayers.
On this page we refer to small pocket-sized Prayer Chaplets one may offer to Our Lord, our Blessed Mother or a particular Patron Saint for a particular need.
Chaplet Makers are free to employ techniques with which you are most familiar and skilled. The method of construction may include wire-wrapping or "wrapped loop" technique, regular eye pins and chain, crimp bead and flex wire, plastic, glass or crystal, and gemstone beads.You may prefer to use either Sterling or Nickel findings, and embellish the Chaplet with bead caps,
separator or seed beads, and include a Crucifix,
even when not required by traditional regulations.
Many Chaplets are strung in a single line
while others form a loop leading from
a Medal or from a Crucifix and Center.
When the Chaplet calls for including a Crucifix,
it is permitted to attach the Medal and Crucifix together
from the lead jumpring and chain.
In the construction of most Chaplets, we are free to choose any color bead. But in keeping with the traditions of the Church, it is prudent to use the customary colors.
Chaplets honoring Our Lord and His Most Blessed Mother
are usually among the most beautiful you will find,
making use of unique beads and beautiful findings.
Chaplet of The Seven Sorrows of Mary
The most popular devotional chaplet honoring the Virgin Mary is the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows. Small medals depicting each of Our Lady's Sorrows are available to use as the separator Pater beads. The remainder Beads are comprised of 7 sets of 7 beads each. A larger or differing bead maybe used as the separators rather than the medals.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayers may be prayed on ordinary rosary beads, but devotees may wish to own
a chaplet particularly depicting the famed
image of The Divine Mercy. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is constructed with the same 59 beads as any Rosary.
Below we offer directions for making some of our favorite Chaplets.
Symbol indicates a Crucifix is required;
"sm"= small beads "lg"= large beads
7 large or capped or differing from the other 73 small beads. Begin with Crucifix; string 1 sm, 1 lg, 2 sm, 1 lg bead. Attach Center. Loop 7 sets of 10 small beads each; separate each set with 1 large bead.
33 beads total, any color.
From a Eucharistic Image Medal, loop 33 beads.
Begin with Crucifix;
string 3 sets of 3 beads each, usually blue;
end with Medal of Our Lady of Fatima.
33 Red beads total. Begin with Crucifix;
string 3 Red beads to Center.
Loop 6 sets of 5 Red beads back to center;
separate groups by chain or tiny decorative bead.
15 beads total. Begin with Miraculous Medal;
string 1 White bead. Loop 3 sets of 4 Blue beads,
each separated by 1 White bead.
38 beads total, 33 red, 5 White or Crystal.
Begin with Crucifix, string 3 Red beads;
loop from Sacred Heart Center 6 sets of 5 Red beads each, separate each by 1 White or Crystal bead.
Holy Face Medal required; Crucifix may be added.
39 beads, 6 of them being large, or capped,
or differing from the other beads; 33 small.
Separated as follows: Medal, 1 lg, 3 sm, 1 lg.
Loop 5 sets of 6 beads each from Center
or other separator; separate sets with 1 lg bead.
The Patronages given for each of the Saints include only a few of those titles for which their intercession is honored.
Patron of Grandparents, the Poor, Homemakers
and Expectant Mothers
18 Beads total: Loop 3 sets of 5 beads each, any color, from St. Anne Medal.
Patron of The Poor, the Barren, Amputees and Sailors
39 beads total; traditionally wood or brown. Medal of St. Anthony; loop 13 separated sets of 3 beads each
Patron of Youth, Chastity for Young Men
18 beads total. Begin with Crucifix; add three White Beads,
15 Blue Beads. End with Medal of St. Dominic Savio.
Patron of Animals, Against Fire, and Dying Alone
String 3 sets of 3 beads each in a line; any color;
Crucifix and Medal at ends.
Patron of Motherhood:
Crucifix and Medal, 9 beads total, 3 different colors,
separated into 3 groups of 3 beads each.
Patron of Families, The Working Man
60 beads total. Medal of St. Joseph;
loop all violet, or white and violet beads,
separated into 15 groups of 4 beads each.
Patron of Impossible Cases
9 Beads total: Begin with Crucifix; add 3 groups of 3 beads each, usually Green. End with Medal of St. Jude.
Patron of People Ridiculed for Their Piety; Loss of Parents
Begin with Medal of St. Kateri, loop 3 sets of 8 beads each;
8 Brown, 8 Red and 8 Crystal, or White.
Patron of Eye Troubles
Begin with Crucifix; add 9 beads of any color, separated into 3 groups of 3 beads each. End with Medal of St. Lucy.
Saint Michael the Archangel
Patron of Soldiers, Firefighters, Policeman
36 beads total. Begin with Medal of St. Michael;
loop red beads, separated into 9 groups of 4 beads each.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Begin with Crucifix; add 9 Beads, any color,
end with Medal of St. Pio.
Patron of Ireland, Engineers and Against Snakes
Loop 12 green beads from St. Patrick Medal
Patron of Cancer Patients
Begin with Medal of St. Peregrine; add 3 sets
of 3 beads each, any color;
may include Crucifix at end.
Patron of Deperate Cases, Urgent Need, Infants & Children
16 beads total: Begin with Medal of St. Philomena;
add 3 White beads, loop 13 red beads back to the white.
St. Rita of Cascia
Patron of Desparate Cases, Loneliness; Difficult Marriage
9 Beads total: Begin with Crucifix; Add 3 sets of 3 beads each, any color, usually Blue.
Patron of Missionaries, Aviators, Against Illness
Medal required, Crucifix optional;
1 intro bead, followed by 24 beads of any color.
A preference among Chaplet Makers is to include rose beads of some type in this chaplet.
We have found these four resources to be reliable references for traditional construction of the various Chaplets.
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