Anglican Prayer Beads (sometimes known as Protestant Prayer Beads or Christian 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.
Like other prayer bead practices, the rhythm and repetition of the prayers promote a peaceful stillness before a time of silence as we rest in God and/or a time of silence as we listen for God.
There are no set prayer patterns for Anglican Prayer Beads. I took that as freedom to compile one of my own. It’s based on one of the most beloved songs of praise in the Scriptures, Psalm 100. An added bonus of this particular pattern… it helps you memorize the psalm.
Begin with the cross and invitatory bead. Pray around the circle of cruciform beads and week beads three times in an unhurried manner then exit with the closing prayers for the invitatory bead and cross.
In the name of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory be 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.
Save us. Heal us. Strengthen us to serve.
Give us eyes to see. Ears to hear. Feet to follow faithfully.
The numbers are to help you move through the seven beads
They are not verse numbers.
1. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
3. Know that the Lord is God.
4. It is he that made us, and we are his. We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
5. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
6. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
7. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
The Lord’s Prayer
Hallelujah! Bless the Lord! Thanks be to God!
Click here for more on the symbolism, use, and several other prayer patterns to use with Anglican Prayer Beads. Click here for even more prayer bead patterns or consider making one of your own like I did. (If you do, post it below!)
Psalm 100 for Prayer Beads © 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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