During our last college retreat a fellow ordinand showed me how he had constructed an Anglican Rosary from parts of an old favourite Catholic Rosary. He had used the diagram of the Anglican Rosary he saw on the brother’s website. Iain shares his story of making and using the Anglican Rosary. Iain is an ordinand in Diocese of Brisbane, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
Now you will never be without your prayer beads
I’ve been making several Rosaries today. Some for folks who have purchased them and others because I wanted to share the gift of prayer with someone.
Whilst I was making the last of the sets I had to do for today I was looking for my key ring, only to find part of the key ring had broken off.
I looked around for the broken part, amidst a bed full of beads and other bits n bobs and I thought – why not. So I got out some left over tiger tail, a split ring and a lobster clamp and got a little creative; it happens now and then. Read the rest of this entry »
Just over a year ago I had some correspondence with Kimberly Winston; a freelance religion reporter in the US. We had been discussing a book she was researching on prayer beads. Kimberly recently published her book Bead One, Prayer Too. Recently I was talking ‘blog shop’ with her, about her blog based on themes raised in her book, and my newly evolving blog on the Anglican Rosary. She posted the following entry on her blog following receipt of a rosary I sent to her.
I came home today and opened the mailbox to find a package inside from Brother Nathan-James, an Anglican brother in Buranda, Australia. When I opened it up, inside was this lovely Anglican rosary he made just for me. See the full post on Kimberly’s blog
I’m not sure about you, but quite often when my mind is working at 100 km/h I find it hard to put the brakes on and get to sleep. I have a very overactive mind and it is always willing to find new things to do and think about; most often from about 11pm at night onwards. I find that one thing that can often help is if I lie in bed reciting prayer on my Rosary. If I catch my mind wondering I just gently bring myself back the prayers I was saying. Read the rest of this entry »
The following prayer is another example of how material from a prayer book, combined with the willingness to let the Holy Spirit work within us to express our needs. A prayer for forgiveness offers a connection with the traditional prayer of confession with the composer’s own sense of our need to be reminded to come to God in prayers of confession and reconciliation. Read the rest of this entry »
The rythym of prayer with the Anglican Rosary is also well suited for use as a group meditation. The following is a suggested format for using the Rosary in a group meditaion. The format can be adapted to suite any group. I was impressed to learn that a few years after I conducted a workshop in one place that they still held a regular group meditation before Mass on Sundays. Read the rest of this entry »
Once you become familiar with using the Rosary as a tool for prayer and meditation you might like to write your own ‘prayer formula’. The following guide will assist you to personalise your Rosary. Read the rest of this entry »