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Welcome to the Paternoster Guild! 

We make handmade & historically

authentic medieval rosaries,

humble to extravagant prayer beads

that were widely known all across Europe as "Paternosters".

 

Our creations are inspired by artwork throughout the middle ages - images of Paternosters can be found in quite a lot of medieval art! Here is St. Hedwig, shown in a 14th century manuscript wearing her string of prayer beads, and our version of her Paternoster...

 St. Hedwig and her Paternoster, a 14th century reproduction rosary

 
Paternosters developed during the early Middle Ages, eventually used by most everyone in medieval Europe as an aid to prayer. Constructed of beads of wood, bone, horn, brightly colored glass, semi-precious stones, and more, They also doubled as fashion accessories, being draped over belts and pinned to cloaks. These prayer beads were named after the Latin “Pater Noster” prayer - the Our Father - which for centuries was most often prayed on them. 
 
They are the direct ancestors of the modern rosary.
 
 

Read about how people prayed with them...

More on their historical background...

And how they were constructed...