The Ichthys Pocket Prayer with Decade Rosary is a great devotional pocket prayer piece, ideal for aiding contemplation throughout the day. Handcrafted in Europe from solid bronze, the design features an ichthys (Greek for “fish”) on the front and a decade rosary on the rear–two symbols rich with history and life in the Christian faith. At about 1.5 inches in diameter, the Ichthys Pocket Prayer with Decade Rosary is a satisfying weight, roughly the weight of eight quarters. This pocket prayer piece helps cultivate mindfulness and awareness of God’s love and presence throughout the day–whether you’re sitting in traffic, in a meeting, or winding down at the end of your day, the Ichthys Pocket Prayer with Decade Rosary makes for a small but important addition to the spiritual life.
The Ichthys, a Powerful Symbol for Contemplative Prayer
The raised designs on each side of this Pocket Prayer piece are a reminder of the rich symbolic life of our faith when a finger is run over the surface. On the front is the ichthys, symbol of our faith from the earliest days of the Christian movement. Literally, it is the Greek word for fish (ІΧΘΥΣ). Of course, fish carry deep symbolic importance in the Gospels, so even linguistically, it is a logical representation of Christ. In another important layer, the Greek word is also an acronym – each letter in the Greek word stands in for a word in an early doxology:
І — Іησους – Jesus
Χ — Χριστος – Christ
Θ — Θεου – of God
Υ — Υιος – Son
Σ — Σωτηρ – Savior.
The Decade Rosary, or Chaplet, for Contemplative Prayer
On the rear of the piece is a decade rosary. Decade rosaries have a long and storied history in the Christian faith with the advantage of being small and portable. Decade rosaries were used by Irish Catholics in the 17th century when it was illegal to practice their faith because the rosaries could be concealed. Decade rosaries have enjoyed many other uses, but always the main idea is that they are portable and allow one to pray throughout the day. This Decade Rosary pocket prayer piece lives on in that tradition, allowing you to take a few moments in these hectic times to calm down and thank God for the unfathomable gift of being.