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Prayer beads slideshow

This presentation was used in my church as an adult educational seminar to help congregants understand the use of prayer beads for a study on the impact of prayer on resilience.

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Prayer beads slideshow

  1. 1. “The Use of the Rosaryand Sister Brigit-Carol,a Solitary Who MakesAnglican Rosaries”By Pastor Cindy Alloway
  2. 2. Thousands of years ago people began to carry orThousands of years ago people began to carry orwear stones, beads, or knotted ropes for a physicalwear stones, beads, or knotted ropes for a physicalreminder and connection to Godreminder and connection to God The word bead comes from the Old English word bede,The word bead comes from the Old English word bede,which means “prayer”, or “bidden to pray.”which means “prayer”, or “bidden to pray.” The ancient Sanskrit name for prayer beads is “smarani”The ancient Sanskrit name for prayer beads is “smarani”which means “remembrancer” or “japamala” which meanswhich means “remembrancer” or “japamala” which means“repetition string of beads.”“repetition string of beads.” The Muslim call their prayer beads “tashih” meaningThe Muslim call their prayer beads “tashih” meaning“to praise God.”“to praise God.” Tibetan Lamas call their prayer beads, “trengwa”, whichTibetan Lamas call their prayer beads, “trengwa”, whichrefers to the purr of a cat, releasing the mind intorefers to the purr of a cat, releasing the mind intodetachment and comfort.detachment and comfort.
  3. 3. Early Christian RosariesEarly Christian Rosaries ““Paternosters” was thePaternosters” was thename used, meaning:name used, meaning:“Our Father”.“Our Father”. The word “Rosary”The word “Rosary”stems from “rosestems from “rosegarden” symbolizinggarden” symbolizingcarrying a garden orcarrying a garden orgarland of prayers.garland of prayers.
  4. 4. The History of the AnglicanThe History of the AnglicanRosaryRosary Prayer beads offer a focal point, a way of keeping the mind stillPrayer beads offer a focal point, a way of keeping the mind stillwhile praying. They allow prayer to be physical as well as mental.while praying. They allow prayer to be physical as well as mental. The Anglican Rosary is a relatively new form of prayer which uses aThe Anglican Rosary is a relatively new form of prayer which uses ablending of the Roman Catholic Rosary and the Orthodox Jesusblending of the Roman Catholic Rosary and the Orthodox JesusPrayer Rope. The thirty-three bead design came from thePrayer Rope. The thirty-three bead design came from theReverend Lynn Bauman ofReverend Lynn Bauman of PraxisPraxis while in pastoral ministry duringwhile in pastoral ministry duringthe mid 80s. This form of rosary came into being through athe mid 80s. This form of rosary came into being through aprocess of prayerful exploration and discovery in the context of aprocess of prayerful exploration and discovery in the context of acontemplative prayer group.contemplative prayer group.
  5. 5.     The recitation of the Rosary has long been associated with the Dominican Order.The recitation of the Rosary has long been associated with the Dominican Order.Legend has it that the Blessed Virgin gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic in the year 1214.Legend has it that the Blessed Virgin gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic in the year 1214.The Rosary, because it is meditative and mantra-like, and because it brings alive to us theThe Rosary, because it is meditative and mantra-like, and because it brings alive to us themystery of the Incarnation, has a high esteem in the prayer-life of each Dominican.mystery of the Incarnation, has a high esteem in the prayer-life of each Dominican.
  6. 6. The number of beads and the way theyThe number of beads and the way theyare worn differs from religion to religionare worn differs from religion to religion In many religions, ropes andIn many religions, ropes andbeads are used in prayer with abeads are used in prayer with asense of beseeching, makingsense of beseeching, makingthe prayer more proactive.the prayer more proactive. Repetition of the ChristianRepetition of the Christianrosary prayers are to deepenrosary prayers are to deepenreflection on the sacredreflection on the sacredmysteries of God’s relationshipmysteries of God’s relationshipwith us.with us. Praying the rosary is thought toPraying the rosary is thought tomake the gospel story moremake the gospel story moreaccessible to everyone hungryaccessible to everyone hungryfor a daily connection to faith.for a daily connection to faith.See: http://www.rosary-center.org/howto.htm
  7. 7. Miracle/Healing Prayer BeadsMiracle/Healing Prayer BeadsUsingUsing Milagros:Milagros: “Miracle charms”“Miracle charms” Milagros are small religious charmsMilagros are small religious charmsthat people in Latin Americanthat people in Latin Americancountries usually nailed onto sacredcountries usually nailed onto sacredobjects, pinned on the clothing ofobjects, pinned on the clothing ofsaint statues, or hung with little redsaint statues, or hung with little redribbons or threads from altars andribbons or threads from altars andshrines as signs of gratitude andshrines as signs of gratitude anddevotion.devotion. Different milagros have differentDifferent milagros have differentmeanings and uses for seekingmeanings and uses for seekinghealing and help from God.healing and help from God.
  8. 8. The EcumenicalPrayer RosaryA new way to useThe Catholic RosaryWebsite:ecumenicalrosary.org
  9. 9. The Eastern Orthodox PrayerThe Eastern Orthodox PrayerRopeRope To this day, Orthodox monks areTo this day, Orthodox monks aregiven the "Chotki" or "Vervitsa"given the "Chotki" or "Vervitsa"which is a woolen or leather cord,which is a woolen or leather cord,with a string of 103 knots orwith a string of 103 knots orwooden beads.wooden beads. The woolen prayer rope is wornThe woolen prayer rope is wornon the left wrist as part of theon the left wrist as part of themonastic and Episcopal dress.monastic and Episcopal dress.
  10. 10. Theology of the Orthodox PrayerTheology of the Orthodox PrayerRopeRope The Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy onThe Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy onme, a sinner." Historically these ropes have 103 knots, althoughme, a sinner." Historically these ropes have 103 knots, althoughprayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots can be found in use today. Thereprayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots can be found in use today. Thereis typically a knotted cross at one end, and a few beads at certainis typically a knotted cross at one end, and a few beads at certainintervals between the knots.intervals between the knots. It is attributed toIt is attributed to SaintSaint PachomiusPachomius in the fourth century as an aidin the fourth century as an aidfor illiteratefor illiterate monksmonks to accomplish a consistent number of prayersto accomplish a consistent number of prayersand prostrations. Monks were often expected to carry a prayerand prostrations. Monks were often expected to carry a prayerrope almost constantly, to remind them to pray constantly inrope almost constantly, to remind them to pray constantly inaccordance with Saint Pauls injunction in I Thessalonians 5:17,accordance with Saint Pauls injunction in I Thessalonians 5:17,"Pray without ceasing.""Pray without ceasing."
  11. 11. The New Anglican RosaryThe New Anglican Rosary An adaptive form of contemplativeAn adaptive form of contemplativeprayer.prayer. Daily PrayerDaily Prayer Cross/Crucifix:Cross/Crucifix: Lords Prayer (New Testament or BCP 364)Lords Prayer (New Testament or BCP 364) Invitatory Bead:Invitatory Bead: A Collect (BCP 159-261)A Collect (BCP 159-261) Cruciform Beads:Cruciform Beads: A Prayer or Thanksgiving (BCP 814-841)A Prayer or Thanksgiving (BCP 814-841) Week Beads:Week Beads: for each bead say line from a Psalm (Old Testamentfor each bead say line from a Psalm (Old Testamentor BCP 585-808)or BCP 585-808) Repeat the Cruciform and Week Beads full circle theRepeat the Cruciform and Week Beads full circle theexit with . . .exit with . . . Invitatory Bead:Invitatory Bead: Confession (BCP 360)Confession (BCP 360) Cross/Crucifix:Cross/Crucifix: Lords PrayerLords Prayer [Close with a period of silence][Close with a period of silence] (BCP = Book of Common Prayer)(BCP = Book of Common Prayer)
  12. 12. The circle of the Anglican Rosary symbolizes the wheel of time.The circle of the Anglican Rosary symbolizes the wheel of time.Prayer, which moves around thePrayer, which moves around the wheelwheel of the Rosary, represents theof the Rosary, represents theChristians spiritual pilgrimage through time following Christ as Lord.Christians spiritual pilgrimage through time following Christ as Lord.With the Rosary in your hand:With the Rosary in your hand: 1. Empty thoughts1. Empty thoughts 2. Focus on the weight, and2. Focus on the weight, andtemperature, and texture oftemperature, and texture ofthe beads.the beads. 3. Focus on communication3. Focus on communicationwith God.with God.
  13. 13. Number Symbols in the Anglican RosaryNumber Symbols in the Anglican RosaryThe 33The 33 beads represent the number of years Jesus wasbeads represent the number of years Jesus wason earth.on earth. 44 groups ofgroups of 77 calledcalled weeksweeks ; between each; between each weekweek is ais asingle bead. The numbersingle bead. The number 44 represents the 4 quadrantsrepresents the 4 quadrantsof the churchs year.of the churchs year. 77 represents wholeness and completion as in therepresents wholeness and completion as in the 77days of creation.days of creation. 77 is repeated four times in the Rosary to create ais repeated four times in the Rosary to create aconventionalconventional monthmonth. In the Judeo-Christian tradition,. In the Judeo-Christian tradition,7 can represent spiritual perfection.7 can represent spiritual perfection.
  14. 14. Theology and Use of theTheology and Use of theAnglican RosaryAnglican Rosary The use of the rosary or prayer beads helps to bring us into contemplativeThe use of the rosary or prayer beads helps to bring us into contemplativeprayer to God by use of mind, body, and spirit. The touching of the fingers onprayer to God by use of mind, body, and spirit. The touching of the fingers oneach successive bead is an aid in keeping our mind from wandering, and theeach successive bead is an aid in keeping our mind from wandering, and therhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness.rhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness.
  15. 15. Why Protestants have not hadWhy Protestants have not hadRosaries in the PastRosaries in the Past The Reformation involved a strong antipathy toThe Reformation involved a strong antipathy tothings which had their origin in Papal teachingthings which had their origin in Papal teachingincluding the rosary.including the rosary. The ruling authorities under King Edward ofThe ruling authorities under King Edward ofEngland declared, “prayer beads are vain andEngland declared, “prayer beads are vain andsuperstitious.superstitious. In 1616, Thomas Atkinson was executed at YorkIn 1616, Thomas Atkinson was executed at Yorkfor being identified as a priest based solely on thefor being identified as a priest based solely on thefact that he was carrying a string of beads.fact that he was carrying a string of beads.
  16. 16. Sample PrayersSample PrayersThe CrossThe Cross Our Lord’s PrayerOur Lord’s PrayerThe CruciformsThe Cruciforms Oh, Lamb of God that takethOh, Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the worldaway the sins of the world have mercy upon us,have mercy upon us, Oh, Lamb of God that takethOh, Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the worldaway the sins of the world have mercy upon us,have mercy upon us, Oh, Lamb of God that takethOh, Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the worldaway the sins of the world give us Thy Peace.give us Thy Peace.The InvitatoryThe Invitatory Let the words of my mouthLet the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartand the meditation of my heart be acceptable in you sight,be acceptable in you sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14Psalm 19:14The WeeksThe Weeks Almighty and merciful Lord,Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.bless us and keep us. Amen.
  17. 17. Gabriele Whittier, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, saysGabriele Whittier, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, saysusing prayer beads helps her focus, which brings her closer to God.using prayer beads helps her focus, which brings her closer to God.
  18. 18. Contemporary Solitary PrayerContemporary Solitary PrayerLifeLife Solitaries of DeKovenSolitaries of DeKoven is a Religious non-profit organization inis a Religious non-profit organization inthethe Episcopal ChurchEpiscopal Church with a three fold purpose:with a three fold purpose: 1. To provide information and education concerning the Solitary1. To provide information and education concerning the SolitaryReligious life within the Episcopal Church.Religious life within the Episcopal Church. 2. To provide information and encouragement to those persons2. To provide information and encouragement to those personsdesiring to seek more solitude and prayer in their daily lives.desiring to seek more solitude and prayer in their daily lives. 3. To provide a vehicle of ministry and financial support of those3. To provide a vehicle of ministry and financial support of thosecalled to the Solitary Religious life who live under vows ascalled to the Solitary Religious life who live under vows asSolitaries of DeKoven.Solitaries of DeKoven.
  19. 19. Sister Brigit-CarolSister Brigit-Carol At present there is one Solitary Religious who has madeAt present there is one Solitary Religious who has madea commitment as a Solitary of DeKoven. Sister Brigit-a commitment as a Solitary of DeKoven. Sister Brigit-Carol, SD is Solemnly Life Professed, and is underCarol, SD is Solemnly Life Professed, and is undervows to the Bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas.vows to the Bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas. She lives as a hermit, spending her time in prayerShe lives as a hermit, spending her time in prayerincluding the Divine Office, contemplation, andincluding the Divine Office, contemplation, andintercession, study, and manual labor. Besides theintercession, study, and manual labor. Besides thenormal domestic tasks involved in living a simple life innormal domestic tasks involved in living a simple life inan old army barracks-turned-hermitage, she makesan old army barracks-turned-hermitage, she makesAnglican Prayer BeadsAnglican Prayer Beads as a way to support herself andas a way to support herself andas a vehicle to intercessory prayer.as a vehicle to intercessory prayer.
  20. 20. Prayer for the Solitaries of DeKovenPrayer for the Solitaries of DeKoven Solitaries of DeKoven have as their patronSolitaries of DeKoven have as their patron Blessed JamesBlessed JamesDeKovenDeKoven, a deeply spiritual and courageous man who, a deeply spiritual and courageous man whostood against the tide of his times in the mid 1870s. It isstood against the tide of his times in the mid 1870s. It ishis fierce spirit of vocation and devotion to prayer that ishis fierce spirit of vocation and devotion to prayer that isthe inspiration of the Solitary of DeKoven.the inspiration of the Solitary of DeKoven. Blessed Lord, we thank you for calling people throughout the ages to serve you ina special vocation of solitude and prayer. Bless the Solitaries of DeKoven, theCompanions, and all who seek you in silence and solitude with your peace. Bepresent to them in their lives and work, and bless all that come into contact withthem. Gather us, we pray, into a spiritual community of humble hearts drawncloser and closer in bonds of affection through a common goal of devotion andvocation as envisioned by our patron, Blessed James DeKoven. This we praythrough Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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