Honouring the ways in which lives have been touched through experiences of making and using Anglican Rosaries
These pages of anecdotal experiences of making and using Anglican Prayer Beads together with the pages of exemplars of prayers composed for use with Anglican Rosaries are the primary inspiration for this blog on the Anglican Rosary.
The Anglican Rosary, as I have said many times, and cannot stress enough, in and of itself has no power to effect our lives or the lives of others. Vainly repeating prayers does not make us pray-ers. Reciting a certain number of prayers will not bring forgiveness of sin or guarantee us an inherritance into the Kingdom of God.
What making and using prayer beads can do is provide us with a doorway into discovering our relationship with God and thereby our relationship with God’s creation. They in effect act in a manner similiar to the orthodox tradition’s understanding of an Icon.
That is, in the orthodox tradition Icons are not venerated because of the object that they are rather they are venerated because they bring to our present awareness that which they represent. An Icon is in this sense a doorway to the sacred. An Icon of the Pantokrator brings us into a full awareness of the almighty, all powefull sustainer of the world.
Making and praying with Anglican Rosaries therefore provides opportunity for us to become vulnerable in the presence of God and others, to be open to see the sacred in all things, to allow ourselves to be challenged by the revelation in scripture, sacred writings, poems, nature, sayings of holy women and men.
In becoming vulnerable to God’s revelation, and courageous enough to respond to, and be changed by, God’s word we become that which we pray, we become pray-ers or prayer incarnate, we become the things we pray about.
The sub-pages on the right will take you to into a world where people’s lives have been touched by their experiences of making and using Anglican Prayer Beads. In this space we honour the willingness of people to become vulnerable before God and themselves to see and respond to the way in which God is working in their lives.
This collection of anecdotes or stories of people’s interaction with God, through their interaction with others, embody the essence of what I believe is the answer to St Paul’s challenge to pray always without ceasing; that is to have the whole of our being so oriented toward God’s love for us that we indeed become the things we pray about in the world, we become prayer incarnate.
If you would like to share your experience of how making and using the Anglican Rosary has touched your life or the life of others please feel free to send an email to Br Nathan-James.