New Hand Painted Rosary Beads

Working on some new beads to incorporate into rosaries

Working on some new beads to incorporate into rosaries

There are times when I cannot find the right color bead to put in  rosary.  In this case it was something in lavender.  At least, that is what started my little afternoon paint project.  When I finished the lavender bead, I decided to make a few more.  I think I will be doing some more of these.

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New Verse for The Wheels on the Bus – The Nuns on the Bus…

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This is what was going through my head as I sat at my desk and made rosaries this morning.  Is it obvious that I watch our 20 month old grandson during the week?

“The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round…The nuns on the bus say (eyes closed, head down, hands folded) pray, pray, pray….

(Excuse the ‘artwork.”  I decided that spending a lot of time on it was not a priority today.)

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Oops! I forgot one!

This morning I received a message from someone questioning if there were supposed to be 10 small beads on this instead of nine.  Oh my!  I missed one!  It is not the first time I have done this, but I usually catch it before I list it in my shop!  I am glad that this person caught my mistake before someone purchased it.

This brings up another point that I have so often thought about, namely vintage rosaries.  I wonder how many other “oops” rosaries there are out there that have survived the ages.  I imagine this one getting out there and years later being analyzed.  Would those in the future know that it was a mistake?

I have seen antique rosaries that seem to be missing a bead.  Often, it is assumed that one bead was lost over the years.  Maybe that is not the case, and the rosary maker simply forgot a bead.

Though, I did take this out of my shop right away when the mistake was brought to my attention, and I plan to remake it and include the intended 10 Ave beads, I am reminded that it is not the number of our prayers that are important.  I don’t believe God counts them.  The purpose of counting prayers is only a method to keep us focussed.

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Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Necklaces

Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit NecklacesThe purpose of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit necklace is to remind us to nurture the gifts we have been given through baptism. Each necklace has seven leaves, which symbolize the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit found in                       Isaiah 11:2-3.

Fr. Dennis (Denny) Dempsey introduced me to the thought that in order to receive the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we need to nurture the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Here is how he explains it.

“God can love you but not make you loving…be patient with you but not make you patient. God can’t make a single one of the [Fruits of the Holy Spirit] appear in your life…but you can. Put the Gifts of the Holy Spirit into practice and watch [the Fruits of the Holy Spirit] appear more and more in your life.”

Fr. Denny describes the Seven Steps to a Fruitful Life as follows:

Reverence [Fear of the Lord]
If you have deep respect for God, you’re going in the right direction for a fruitful life.
Piety
Give God sufficient time and attention to guide you as your life coach and teacher.
Knowledge
Study God’s Word and ask God for the information you’re going to need each day.
Understanding
Ask God to help you see daily situations from God’s perspective. Aha!
Counsel
Everyone needs good advice. Who better to have as your counselor than God?
Wisdom
Here’s where you make the decisions…wise ones if you followed the first five steps.
Fortitude [Strength]
Having made a wise decision, you need strength to endure the challenges.

According to Galatians 5:22-23, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, endurance, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.

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Psalms of Hope Chaplets

Psalms of Hope Chaplet

Psalms of Hope Chaplet by prayer bedes

The first prayer beads documented in the Western Church were called Psalters. Religious Clerics were required to pray the Divine Office, which included reciting and meditating on the 150 Psalms of the bible during specific times throughout the day.

Memorizing all 150 Psalms is beyond what many of us will ever accomplish. Yet, the Psalms carry many words that can be of great comfort to us in times of distress.

I created the Psalms of Hope Chaplet for this purpose. The comforts and strengths we can find in praying the Psalms are many.

A mantra or short phrase is at times all we can utter when we are distressed; it becomes our fervent prayer. The meaning of the word “hope” becomes much deeper than we ever imagined. Repeating a short phrase from the Psalms for prayer can help us rest in God’s loving presence.

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Deep Peace Anglican Rosary

This is what I woke up to today–this song playing over and over again in my head.  What a wonderful way to wake up!  While making this rosary today, I knew it needed a special name.

gaelicblessingAnglican Rosary

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Ashes and Clay

kazuri-bead-factory-nairobiOrthodox Chotki with Kazuri BeadsOrthodox 33 Bead Chotki Jesus Prayer Beads

The other day I read that ashes (like we receive on Ash Wednesday) are synonymous with clay.  At our church, the words “Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel” are said when we receive ashes.  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” are other words that are sometimes said.  The connection with clay is that clay begins as dust.

Maybe some do not like the second version because it seems to say that we are dust–nothing.  In our world where self-esteem has become so important, those words words might seem harmful.

However, I have found a certain paradox when saying the Jesus Prayer–Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.  By acknowledging that I am a sinner–dust, nothing and unworthy–I am somehow freed to let go of my need to be perfect.  The need to be perfect is always a big blow to my self esteem, because I never am and know I never will be.  If I base my worth on being perfect, I will never feel good about myself.

By praying the Jesus Prayer, I give myself to God and ask for mercy.  It is in God’s mercy that I am worthy of God’s love.

As I think about being dust and clay, I am reminded of the verse in Isaiah 64:8 “But as for you, O LORD, you are our Father; and we are clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands.”

I chose the Kazuri clay beads for this Chotki to be symbolic of our need to be like clay in the Lord’s hands.  To be like clay, we need to be soft and pliable.  We need to let go of all that has hardened our hearts in order to receive God.  Part of doing that is repenting of our sins.  Another way is to let go.  We need to let go of our resistance and let Our Father’s hands form us.

Click on picture of the woman above for more information on Fair Trade Kazuri beads from Kenya.

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Mother Daughter or Grandmother Granddaughter Rosary Set

Mother Daughter Rosary Set

A wonderful gift from a mom to a daughter or a daughter to a mom!  They would also be a unique and meaningful gift for grandmothers and granddaughters.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120488698/handmade-mother-daughter-rosaries-in

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Irish Celtic Rosary with Shamrocks and St. Patrick Center

I have always bee fascinated with the legend of how St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach the ancient Irish about the Trinity–Three in One.  Lately, I have felt drawn to learn more about Celtic Christianity.  There is even something about the pictures of green pastures and blue seas of Ireland that seem to be calling me.  The beads I chose to use on this rosary reflect that calling.

As St. Patrick wrote in The deers Cry, also known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate, I am reminded see Christ within me, behind me, before me, beside me, beneath me, above me…in the mouth of friend and stranger.

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Music

Quote from Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue

Graphics by prayer beads – share freely

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