Céile Dé Prayer Beads

Some say that the Paidirean (Gaelic. pron PAH-jur-in) may be Druidical in origin but we cannot know for sure. It has always been used within the Céile Dé tradition and is also known to have been used in the days of St Columcille, or Columba. 

Each paidirean comes with a leaflet giving instruction on how to use these Celtic prayer beads, as well as two traditional Gaelic prayers (with translation and phonetics) to help start you off.

The encircled cross is an ancient symbol found all over the world. Like the Céile Dé tradition, it spans both Pre-Christian and Early Celtic Christian Spirituality. We have chosen some very special Celtic crosses to accompany our prayer beads, many of which have been specially commissioned for us.

The Paidirean may 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.

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.

Further down on this page, 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!


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, but the price may vary, depending on whether or not you need any replacement beads, etc, which is why we ask you to get in touch with us first.

Please contact us to discuss your paidirean re-stringing before you post it to us. When your paidirean has been re-strung, we'll ask you to pay here for the re-stringing and postage costs to safely send your beloved paidirean back to you.

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