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Anglican PrayerBeads

The use of PrayerBeads helps to create a rhythm that discourages distractions and focuses attention so that the one who prays can more readily move into God's presence.  Within Christian churches, the use of Prayer Ropes in the Eastern Orthodox tradition and the Rosary in the Roman Catholic tradition both go back thousands of years.  Anglican Style PrayerBeads is a relative new prayer form that dates back to the mid 1980's.  Its design comes from a group of Episcopalians who brought together the Eastern Orthodox Prayer Rope and the Roman Catholic Rosary to create a new "Anglican" rosary or our PrayerBead design.

The symbolism of the design of the Anglican Style PrayerBeads is significant.  Seven represents the number of days in the secular week, the number of days in creation, the number of seasons in the Anglican church year and symbolizes wholeness or completion in the Bible.

The Cruciform beads form a cross and symbolize the four cardinal directions (north, south, east and west), the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the four primary elements (earth, water, wind and fire).

The Invitatory, or entry bead, just above the cross invites us into prayer and contemplation.

The total number of beads is 33 .. the number of years Jesus lived on the earth.

The movement through the PrayerBeads begins with the cross, moves to the invitatory bead, on to the first cruciform then around through the week beads and other cruciform beads.  Often there are three rotations through the circle of beads ending with the final invitatory bead and cross.

In true Anglican tradition, there is no "correct" way to use the PrayerBeads.  Many people develop their own personal style while using the PrayerBeads and are encouraged to do so.

The HoldingCross Anglican PrayerBeads are boxed in a white gift box with clear lid.  Enclosed you will find a StoryScroll providing more detailed information about prayer, the bead structure and history.  It is our hope that using the PrayerBeads will deepen and enrich your prayer life.

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