Recently, I began making Anglican prayer beads. I've long been fascinated with rosaries, both Catholic and Anglican, as well as malas, and always wanted to learn how to make them. Finally, I took the plunge. I found a good resource to guide me, A Bead and A Prayer by Kristen E. Vincent, raided my jewelry chest and set to work.
I quickly realized that the process of making them was very calming and meditative...very much like the way I feel when creating mandalas.
Choosing the color combinations and size of the beads is another opportunity to exercise a measure of creativity.
Anglican prayer beads traditionally consist of a cross, an invitatory bead, a resurrection bead (optional) and four cruciform beads. In between the cruciform beads are four sets of "weeks" beads.
There is something so satisfying in the making of these...to know I am creating something that is both beautiful and functional. Or perhaps it's the fact that I am reconnecting with some of my earliest spiritual longings and leanings. Whatever it is...I'm going with it...and praying as I go.