St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Brecksville, OH

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Anglican Prayer Beads

Finding Prayer Beads

St. Matthew's does not offer prayer beads for sale over the internet, though Anglican Prayer Beads are widely available. There are many options to choose from when searching at Google. We recommend that you look at the Anglican Prayer Beads made by the Solitaries of DeKoven as this will support these Anglicans in their religious vocation. Their address is:
1101 County Road 204 | Santa Anna, Texas, U.S.A. 76878
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Making Your Own Set

Perhaps the most fulfilling option is to make your own set. It is quite easy. You need a cross, and either five larger beads and 28 smaller ones. Or the cross with one large bead in one style, four large beads in a second style and 28 smaller beads.

Thread both sides of the strand coming from the cross through the first two large beads. Then on each side, string seven smaller beads, a larger bead and seven smaller beads again. You will have used all but the final larger bead. Put both of the two strands together again, and add the last bead, then tie off with a knot, and cut the string close to the knot. You're done. Looking at a picture of the beads as you string your own set will make these directions easier to follow.

Diagram of Rosary

Prayer Bead DiagramThe Anglican Rosary is made up of a "Cross" and a total of 33 beads; 1 "Invitatory" Bead, 4 "Cruciform" Beads and 4 groups of 7 "Week" Beads. The design is rich in symbolism reminding the user of key tenets of Christian faith and tradition.

The total number of beads is 33, the number of years of Christ's life on earth, reminding us that Jesus is the source of our faith.

The "Cross" recalls the saving grace of God; that God acts in our lives to bring us into the Kingdom of God.

The "Invitatory" bead calls us to prayer; to pray without ceasing.

The four "Cruciform" beads form the shape of a cross, again reminding us of the centrality of Christ in our lives. They also refer to the four points of the compass, the four elements, and the four seasons of the year. Thus we recall our connection with God, the earth, creation and Jesus' great commission to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

The seven "Week" beads represent the seven days of creation, the days of the week, the seasons of the liturgical year and the seven sacraments of the church. Again we recall our connection with God, the creator of all that is. We are also reminded that prayer is the centre Christian life; in our daily prayers and in the liturgy and sacraments of the church.

The circular nature of the Rosary formed by the "Cruciform" and "Week" beads remind us of the sense of completeness or wholeness that one gains from a deep relationship with God which is achieved through our personal prayer life, and through our communal prayer life with the church.