Prayer Beads & Ropes (Pt 2) The Anglican Rosary

Anglican Rosary

This was the first Rosary I learned to make. I was attending an event called “The Gathering.” My Texas Annual Conference preacher friends know what I am talking about. It is what we call our annual pastor’s retreat. When I first started in ministry in the early 1990s, it seems like we started on Monday afternoon and finished on Thursday morning. Today it starts sometime on Monday and ends on Tuesday and we don’t play golf anymore. I don’t play golf these days anyway.

I don’t remember for sure but I think it was in 2010, when it was, but one day during the workshops (it isn’t all golf, fishing, and 42-I do still play 42 and I go fishing occasionally) I went to a workshop on making beads and using them in prayer time. My friend Alan van Hooser led the workshop. If Alan told us this was called an Anglican Prayer Rosary (or rope or beads) I never heard him.

Alan gave us instructions on how to make these. Sticking with the beads, it is pretty straight forward. I guess you can do this one pretty well any way you want. I have mostly used pony beads but you can go with any kind of bead you want as long as the string will pass through it. I also use sail twine. It is waxed and quite strong. Rather than breaking, the bigger problem is it coming untied. I remember using it in the Navy on flags that required strength to withstand high winds. The knot can slide on the wax and come untied if you are not careful.

If you want to keep up with where you are on this loop you need the four green beads above (whatever color you want but those are green) to either be a different size, different shape, of from a different materiel (i.e. wood and plastic, wood and rock, etc.). You will need four beads of one type and 28 beads of another. Some people use crosses at this point, others use a charm you can get at Hobby Lobby, it is really up to you. The example pic above has an extra, smaller bead on it. I have no idea what the person who made this one was trying to do. These were leftovers from an adult vacation Bible school a few years ago.

Made by Ryan Wakefield.

The picture above is another example of an Anglican Rosary. This one was made by my friend Ryan Wakefield. Ryan is a young man with some challenges. I am glad I was able to use his Rosary for this post.

With this style Rosary put seven of the main bead on the string, followed by an accent bead, seven more main beads, 1 accent bead, 7 main, 1 accent, 7 main, 1 accent followed up with your charm or cross. Finish it by tying it off. I usually do several square knots tied on top of each other, pull it tight and then trim the ends. You are ready to go.

Anglican Rosary Rope with Snake Knots

I am not going to try to explain how to tie these here. I will attempt to make videos on how to tie these in the next week or two. Trying to explain it here I don’t think is too practicle.

This is the first time I have done an Anglican Rosary Rope. Like yesterday’s Rosary, you can tie this with barrel knots (a 2-twist for the main knots and a 3 or 4 twist for the accent knots). With the snake knots I tied 7 single knots followed by two knots back to back.

To use the Anglican Rosary, of course you can do whatever works for you as again, there is no wrong way to use it. Don’t let anyone tell you you aren’t doing it right unless it is in how you put it together. In using it, there is no wrong way.

There is a way to use the Anglican Rosary like a traditional Catholic Rosary. Unfortunatley, I don’t know how to use it and couldn’t find it on the web.

Alan taught that workshop to use a prayer form called A.C.T.S. For the longest time that is what I called the Rosary.

  • Prayer that God to guide you through this time of prayer
  • Begin with the accent bead closest to your cross/charm
  • This is the letter A for Adoration
  • Pray telling God 7 things (one for each bead) you love about God
  • At the end of these 7 take the next accent bead
  • This is the letter C for Confession
  • Pray telling God 7 things you need to confess to God
  • At the end of these 7 beads, take the third accent bead
  • This is the letter T for Thanksgiving
  • Pray telling God 7 things for which you are thankful
  • At the end of these 7 beads, take the final accent bead
  • This bead is the letter S for Supplication
  • Humbly pray asking God meet 7 needs others or you

Once you are around the circle you can close your prayer in a manner comfortable to you, or you can make your way around the circle again. When building your Anglican Rosary you can more or less main beads if you consistently pray more or less in any area of the Rosary.

I don’t do many beads these days. You can buy beads in all kinds of places, hobby stores, big box stores etc. The charms I have only found in craft stores for a low price but there are others in many places.

If you are interested in a rope I do some for other people. Send me a message on Facebook and we can talk about it.

Have a blessed evening. Tomorrow we will finish the Rosaries with the Orthodox Prayer Rope.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
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