A Prayer with Beads

The use of beads (or knotted cords, or stones) to count prayers exists in early records of nearly every spiritual tradition. Their use is universal and predates the Christian era.

Although the number, arrangement, and materials of prayer beads are different with each religion, there are shared ideas that link the beads of the major faiths. 

Protestant Prayer Beads
Protestant Prayer Beads

Traditionally, prayer beads have been made of strands of similarly sized beads, seeds, knots, or even rose petals and beads made from crushed roses, from which we get the word “rosary”. Since counting prayers was originally so important, each religion adopting the use of prayer beads formed its own symbolic structure to follow.

The prayers found on this blog are for use with the 33 bead structure of Christian Prayer beads.

Lord, hear our prayers:

The Cross or Pendant:
In the Name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory Bead
O God make speed to save me (us),
O Lord make haste to help me (us),
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Cruciforms:
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon me (us).

The Weeks:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
Have mercy on me, a sinner.

The Cross or Pendant to close:
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

For examples of Protestant prayer beads follow the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/1Bead1Prayer

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