Rosary rosary

I had restrung my rosary countless times (well, probably fewer than ten) and finally figured out the best way to knot it so that it would stay tight, and the best thread so that it wouldn’t just wear and tear in two weeks, and then snagged it on a wire fence. By this time I had run out of good enough leftover beads (many of these stone beads are dimpled on the side or chipped at the holes). Couldn’t find any more at the area craft stores, hemmed and hawed, and decided on these two strands — red tiger eye and fancy jasper. Right now I like the jasper better, but the hematite crucifix is kind of heavy and large.

Rosaries and supplies.

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2 thoughts on “Rosary rosary

  1. Thanks, Sandi! These are Anglican rosaries. The groups of seven little beads are called weeks. I don’t remember if there is a name for the larger beads. My priest friend and some other resources told me that I could use whatever prayers seemed useful.

    Most of the time what I do is simply pray the prayers.

    For the cross I say the Collect for Purity from the Book of Common Prayer: “Almighty Father, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

    For the first large bead I pray a bit from Psalm 27, in a phrasing borrowed from a song: “‘Seek my face,’ you said, O Lord; my heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, I seek’; hide not your face from me.”

    For the other large beads I say the Trisagion (three holies): “Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.”

    For the weeks, I bit from another Psalm (one of the 60s, I think): “For you alone, I wait in silence.”

    The full cycle involves the cross and first large bead once, three cycles of the four large beads and weeks between them, and then the other large bead and the cross again to finish.

    Theoretically, one gets to have the prayers become second-nature and can use them as a sort of grounding while meditating on various things — the Cross, or the Transfiguration, or something like that. I have not been able to do that much.

    Finally, just wearing it can be useful for what they call ‘actual recollection’ — the discipline of regularly recalling to mind that one is in God’s presence and living for and in him — so as to get closer and closer to what is called ‘habitual recollection,’ in which one is constantly aware of and living in God’s presence.

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