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8/14/2006

Anglican Prayer Beads

Anglican Prayer Beads are a relatively new form of prayer, blending the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope and the Roman Catholic Rosary. The thirty-three bead design was created by the Rev. Lynn Bauman in the mid-1980s, through the prayerful exploration and discovery of a contemplative prayer group.

Anglican Prayer BeadsThe use of the rosary or prayer beads helps to bring us into contemplative of meditative prayer—really thinking about and being mindful of praying, of being in the presence of God—by use of mind, body, and spirit. The touching of the fingers on each successive bead is an aid in keeping our mind from wandering, and the rhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness. You can read more online at King of Peace's web page on Anglican Prayer Beads.

Online Prayer Beads
Or experience this form of prayer for yourself. You don't even need a set of special beads, just your web browser. You can use our Online Prayer Beads and just click the forward arrows and say the prayers putting your own feeling to the words.

When you have completed the round of the prayer beads, you should end with a period of silence. This silence allows you to center your being in an extended period of silence. It also invites reflection and listening after you have invoked the Name and Presence of God.

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

2 Comments:

  • At 8/14/2006 7:06 AM, Blogger Cathy said…

    Well, the online prayer beads are just too cool! Thanks for sharing!

     
  • At 8/14/2006 8:28 AM, Anonymous Steve+ said…

    I find great comfort in praying both the Roman rosary and the Anglican "Jesus Prayer" version. Praying the Rosary/Anglican Prayer Beads for me serves the same purpose as pacing back and forth - it keeps me focused. I remember standing near the wailing wall in Jerusalem and seeing the men rock back and forth. The explanation given was that it helps them focus, which is also why men and women are separated. The great Russian story, The Way of a Pilgrim, goes even so far as to describe how you can pace the Jesus Prayer with your heartbeat. Praying without ceasing. As long as your heart beats, your soul is praying.

     

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