I always assumed that any beads associated with prayer were Catholic rosaries, but I’ve recently discovered that there are prayer beads for Protestants as well. I was introduced to prayer beads by a special friend and have found them to be very helpful in my spiritual journey.
I’ve learned that since the earliest of times, people have used pebbles or a string of knots or beads on a cord to keep track of prayers offered to God. Virtually every major religious tradition in the world uses some form of prayer beads. The 33 bead Anglican Episcopal Rosary was conceived in the mid 1980s by Reverend Lynn Bauman through the inspirations from a contemplative prayer group. The design incorporates several elements from both the Orthodox Chotki or prayer rope and the Catholic Rosary.
Since I have quite a variety of beads at my disposal I decided to make some for my own personal use as well as adding them to my jewelry collection. While I thoroughly enjoy making ALL kinds of jewelry, there is something extra-rewarding to know that I’m making something that will help someone to commune with God. I enjoy all of the meaning/symbolism as well as the opportunity to make something beautiful to look at as well.
I have incorporated prayer beads into various aspects of my life–I have a set hanging in my car as well as on my bike. The ‘jingling’ of the beads is a constant reminder that God is always with me. I say my prayers at night as I crawl into bed and then fall asleep holding a set of prayer beads. If I wake up during the night the beads remind me that I can use that time to pray.
If you are interested in seeing some of the ones I’ve designed so far, below is a link to the Prayer Bead section of my etsy shop. I would also enjoy working with you to design a set with the beads and cross of your choosing. Feel free to contact me if interested.
At this point, you might be thinking that I am a very ‘religious stuffed shirt’, but you would be mistaken. The other item I’ve recently added to my line of jewelry are thongs……………….book thongs, that is. 🙂 (more on that soon…………)