Franciscan Crown Rosary with Tau Cross

http://www.etsy.com/listing/71606183

This configuration of beads also works nicely with using the Prayer of St. Francis as a meditation, as I mentioned in an earlier post–The Peace Prayer of St. Francis.

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New Anglican Rosaries

I have just listed four new Anglican Rosaries in my Etsy shop.

Click here for the link.

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Lazo Wedding Rosary – A Mexican Wedding Tradition

Wedding Lazo Rosary

The Lazo Rosary (sometimes referred to as a Laso, Lasso, or Lazzo Rosary) is a Mexican wedding tradition.  It is made of two separate rosaries joined together with an additional center and crucifix. One 5 decade rosary loop is placed around the bride’s neck and the other around the groom’s during the wedding ceremony.  The Lazo Rosary symbolizes the unity of marriage as one body in Christ.

Traditionally, it is the padrinos (godparents) that place to rosary on the couple.  Padrinos play a special role in the wedding ceremony and, in some cases, even offer financial support for the festivities.  The padrinos are typically a married or engaged couple. Throughout the newly married couple’s marriage, the padrinos also act as mentors.

The Lazo rosary can be kept by the couple as a reminder to pray together and as a wonderful keepsake of their wedding day.

As with many traditions, this ceremony has most likely evolved.  It is said to date as far back as the Aztecs.  During the Aztec wedding ceremony, the tunics of the couple were tied together as a symbol of their unity.  The phrase “tying the knot” comes from ancient acts in many cultures around the world where couples are joined together on their wedding day with a symbolic gesture that physically ties them together in some way.

Some Lazos are separated into two rosaries.  One rosary is given to the mother of the bride and the other to the mother of the groom.  The mothers of the newly married couple are to use the rosaries to pray for their children’s marriage.

This Lazo is not made to be taken apart, but I have made them that way on request.  If you are interested in a custom Lazo, you can contact me through my Etsy shop.

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Our Sure Hope

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Handmade Lime Green Floral Rosary

Like the lime green of the bud of a new leaf, this new rosary I created today reminds me of the mercies of our Lord that are new every morning.

Great is your steadfast love and faithfulness to us, O God!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66710383/handmade-lime-green-floral-rosary

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“…And Though the Body Sleeps, the Heart Will Never Rest.”

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The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

As an artist and someone who seeks to embrace a monastic way of life, I am very excited about this a new book, which has yet to be released by Christine Valters Paintner.

The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom
is now available for pre-order from Amazon at 47% off the cover price.

“Summarized in the phrase ‘pray and work,’ The Rule of St. Benedict provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner’s newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life–poets or painters, potters or photographers–will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work.

Through this twelve-week course, themes like ‘Sacred Tools and Sacred Space,’ ‘Creative Solitude and Community,’ and ‘Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration’ are enriched by Paintner’s perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Each week offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. In sync with Paintner’s vibrant Internet presence, The Artist’s Rule is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.”

You will most certainly be hearing about my own reflections as I embark on the journey through this book.  Stay tuned!


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The Peace Prayer of St. Francis Rosary

Franciscan Crown Rosary

The Prayer of Saint Francis  has been running through my mind lately.  In light of the shootings in Tucson, I have been reflecting on what it means to act with peace, and my mind keeps returning to this prayer.

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
• Where there is hatred, Let me sow love;
• Where there is injury, pardon;
• Where there is error, truth;
• Where there is doubt, faith;
• Where there is despair, hope;
• Where there is darkness, light;
• And where there is sadness, Joy.

• O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
• As to console;
• To be understood, as to understand;
• To be loved, as to love.
• For it in giving that we receive,
• It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
• And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

It also occurred to me that the 7 decade configuration of beads in the Franciscan Crown Rosary could easily be adapted for the Peace Prayer of St. Francis.  Each decade could be used as a meditation for each of the lines I have designated above.  The beads would need to be repeated twice, or even three times if you wish to repeat the first verse.

Instead of praying the Hail Mary on each of the decade beads (Ave Beads), one could pray “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

On the beads closest to the cross, the same prayers as used in the Franciscan Crown Rosary could be used to complete the Peace Prayer rosary.

As you begin on the medal, the beads closest to the cross are not used until the end of the traditional prayers for the Franciscan Crown Rosary.  Those prayers are as follows:

• After the last decade, pray one Hail Mary each on the fourth and third beads from the Cross to complete 72 years of Mary’s Joy.
• Pray the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer) and the Glory to the Father (Gloria Patri) for the intention of the Holy Father on the 2nd bead from the Cross.
• Pray a Hail Mary on the single bead closest to the Cross.

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The Word I Will Carry with Me in 2011 – “Breathe”

Abbey of the Arts is one of my favorite blogs.  In a recent post, the author–Christine Valters Paintner–offered an invitation to her readers to choose a word that they would carry with them through the coming year.  I chose “Breathe.”

Already I am finding that one small word can shed new light on situations. Whether it is simply taking a breath before I speak or thanking God for the gift of life, I can see that it will be a needed reminder for me.

This rosary is one I created today with that word in mind.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65215691/handmade-anglican-rosary-ecumenical

Here is a link to Christine Valters Paintner’s post titled Give Me a Word as well:

http://abbeyofthearts.com/blog/2010/12/17/give-me-a-word-and-second-annual-abbey-new-year-giveaway/

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A Prayer for the New Year

Take me into a new year, Gracious God.  Help me to continue looking for meaning, seeking peace, praying for light, dancing for joy, working for justice, and singing your praise.  I go into the new year filled with expectations, a touch of worry, and a bundle of hope.  I do not journey into the new year alone but with you as my guide, with a commitment to my disciplines, with a community of family, friends, and faith.  Take me into the new year, Creator of beauty and wonder.  Bless me with the companionship of Jesus, and gift me with the guidance and power of the Spirit.  Amen.

~ Larry James Peacock
Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayer

From page 398 of Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayer by Larry James Peacock. Copyright © 2003 by Larry James Peacock. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/. Learn more about or purchase this book.

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