Céile Dé Prayer Beads

We don't know the origin of the Paidirean (Gaelic. pron PAH-jur-in) but it has been used in the Céile Dé tradition for centuries and is also known to have been used in the days of St Columcille, or Columba. 

The encircled cross, an ancient symbol found in spiritualities all over the world and throughout the ages, many people especially associate it with Celtic Christianity. We have chosen some very special Celtic crosses to accompany our prayer beads, many of which have been specially commissioned for us. 

The Paidirean can be strung with different types of beads (see full selection below). Whenever possible, the beads are carefully sourced from craftspeople for whom creating their beads is a spiritual practice. There are two bead sizes – 5mm and 6mm – producing a slightly shorter or longer paidrean, depending on your taste. Exact measurements are given beside each individual paidirean style.

Each paidirean comes with a simple instruction leaflet which includes two traditional Gaelic prayers (with translation and phonetics) to help start you off.


"It feels a very personal thing, 
each little bead placed mindfully and prayerfully 
on to the thread that runs through the centre of them all 
and then by some mysterious force all pulled tightly together. 
 Holding the paidirean I too feel connected… 
like the beads on the thread I am on a common thread 
Now... pull in tightly."

                                                                                                                - Peter, Wales 

A Two-hour Long Paidirean Stringing Ceremony Dedicated to You
Drawing together all of these special ingredients, each Paidirean is ceremonially strung in Scotland by a Céile Dé Order member. One of the things that makes these prayer beads so special is that each ceremony takes place exclusively for each individual who orders a paidirean. It takes almost two hours, beginning with a meditation and then continuous prayer during the actual stringing. Finally a blessing is spoken over the completed paidirean, which is anointed with oil and with water from our local holy well, which has been in use for at least 1500 years and is dedicated to St Mobhi.

Below, you will see that we also offer a Paidirean re-stringing service, should you have an accident with your beloved paidirean at any point in the future... It is said to be a good omen when one's paidirean breaks!

If you wish to have your paidirean re-strung, please read the information below and then use this link to contact us.


Simple & Natural
St John's
Céile Dé


Paidirean re-stringing

Paidirean re-stringing At some point in the future your paidirean WILL break; rather than being purely decorative, it has to work for a living and so parts of it will wear out in time. Accidents happen too of course (a sudden paidirean break is said to be a good omen!). You could re-string it yourself or take it to a jewellers, but we are also happy to re-string it for you if you prefer to know that it will be done prayerfully; a re-stringing receives the same ceremony as the first stringing.

The basic cost for a re-stringing ceremony is £20 plus postage, but the price may vary, depending on whether or not you need any replacement beads, etc.. The final cost will be agreed with you before we re-string your paidirean.

Please use the link above to contact us about your paidirean re-stringing BEFORE you post it to us. When it has been received and re-strung, we'll set your re-stringing and postage costs here. Then we'll send your beloved friend safely home.

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