Franciscan Crown Rosary ~ St. Francis preaches to the birds

This crown warbles with a flock of birds! a tribute to St Francis' Sermon to the Birds .  The Ave beads are faceted 8mm rounds of flourite.   The Pater beads are birds carved of amethyst: doves, owls --- and penguins!.  The rosary is completed with pewter figural centerpiece, and San Damiano crucifix.

Francis of Assisi Sermon to the Birds

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My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.

Saint Francis of Assisi - c1220

From the Blessing of the Animals


 

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