About the Anglican Rosary

Anglican Prayer Beads are a somewhat new form of prayer, They blend the the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope and the Roman Catholic Rosary. The thirty-three bead design was created by the Rev. Lynn Bauman in the mid-1980s. There are 33 beads in the Anglican rosary, this symbolizes the number of years in Christ’s life. A set of Anglican beads has four sets of 7 beads called “weeks”. The number 7 represents wholeness and completion, and is symbolic of the 7 days of creation, the 7 days of the week, the 7 seasons of the church year, and the 7 sacraments. Four “cruciform” beads separate the “weeks”. They symbolize the 4 points of the cross and its importance in our lives and faith, the 4 seasons of the year, and the 4 points on a compass. Anglican prayer beads use a cross instead crucifix. Near the cross is the “invitatory bead”.

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