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Prayer Beads

Anglican Prayer Beads

While almost all of the world's major religions have a tradition of some form of prayer beads or rosary to keep track of prayers, the Anglican Rosary is a more contemporary form of contemplative prayer combining elements of the Catholic Rosary and the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope.

The Anglican Rosary is a configuration of 33 beads, divided into 4 groups of 7 (called weeks). Between each week is a single bead (called the cruciform bead). There is much symbolism, in many layers, embodied in Anglican Rosaries. The number 33 is the number of years in Christ's life; the number 7 represents the number of days of creation as well as the temporal week, the number of the seasons of the church year, the number of the sacraments; the four quadrants of the rosary represent the number of points on the cross, the number of seasons in the year, the number of lunar phases, the number of primary elements (earth, water, wind and fire), and the number of cardinal directions (north, south, east and west). The bead near the cross is called the "invitatory bead".

The Anglican Rosary is more than a simple recitation of prayers. The beads offer a focal point to help keep the mind still while praying, thus allowing the prayer to become physical as well as mental. The purpose of praying with beads is to allow the repetition of words (a Bible verse, mantra or portion of a psalm, for instance) to quiet the mind and bring us into stillness. At the end of the rosary we are invited to sit in silent communion with God.

The Anglican Rosary is limited only by one's imagination. Portions of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, such as the daily devotionals or Prayers of the People, are easily adapted to rosary praying. The daily collects and lectionary readings are another possibility. One might use a favorite canticle or psalm, or the Nicene Creed, or even the verses and refrain of a favorite hymn. The Jesus Prayer, Lord's Prayer or Serenity Prayer also lend themselves well to the rosary, as do adages such as "this, too, shall pass" or "let go and let God". All of these methods are simply a means to the Way, a vehicle to deep, still silence in God's presence, the ultimate form of prayer.

Praying with the beads

To begin, hold the Cross and say the prayer you have assigned to it, then move to the Invitatory Bead. Then enter the circle of the prayer with the first Cruciform Bead, moving to the right, go through the first set of seven beads to the next Cruciform bead, continuing around the circle, saying the prayers for each bead.

It is suggested that you pray around the circle of the beads three times (which signifies the Trinity) in an unhurried pace, allowing the repetition to become a sort of lullaby of love and praise that enables your mind to rest and your heart to become quiet and still.

Praying through the beads three times and adding the crucifix at the beginning or the end, brings the total to one hundred, which is the total of the Orthodox Rosary. A period of silence should follow the prayer, for a time of reflection and listening. Listening is an important part of all prayer.

Begin praying the Anglican Prayer Beads by selecting the prayers you wish to use for the cross and each bead. Practice them until it is clear which prayer goes with which bead, and as far as possible commit the prayers to memory.

Find a quiet spot and allow your body and mind to become restful and still. After a time of silence, begin praying the prayer beads at an unhurried, intentional pace. Complete the circle of the beads three times.

When you have completed the round of the prayer beads, you should end with a period of silence. This silence allows you to center your being in an extended period of silence. It also invites reflection and listening after you have invoked the Name and Presence of God.

Closing your Prayers

The following ending can be used with any of the prayers in this booklet. After three circuits around the prayer beads, you may finish as follows:

Last time through:

Invitatory Bead

The Lord’s Prayer

The Cross

I bless the Lord.

Creative Arts Camp, Puzzles and Playdough

It amazes me how energy emerges when a group of children spend a week together doing what they need to do in 10329703 10204174101852541 2571875425895181913 othe summer- PLAY, PLAY, PLAY.  Our first year offering Christ Church Creative Arts Camps was a complete success.  Exhausting, yes, but more importantly time spent creating a place of happiness where everyone is a part of the team.

The first week of Camp (which ran from 9-4, Monday-Friday) we hosted 11 children between the ages of 4-12.  The theme was Freedom and our week together ended by being part of a parade and a performance onstage at the first Juneteenth Celebration in Brunswick.

The second week we hosted 19 children, ages 4-12 and our theme was Rainbows and Cowboys.  Our production at the end of this week was a Talent Show, a selection of songs by the Rainbows, and a skit by the Cowboys.

CampUpon arrival the campers went back to the Son Porch that became the Game Room.  Monopoly, Sorry, Twister, Go Fish, Battleship, Foosball, Relays, Chants, Museum, What Am I, guitar, singing, telling jokes- you name it, we played it.  Notice the absence of electronics?  Electronics were not invited.

Our playgrounds came alive with kiddos playing Tag, Red Rover, Red Light/Green Light, creating Cheer Routines, and (don’t tell Oscar) but one highlight was Super Soaker Day on the grounds where being drenched was the goal.  We were completely respectful of our cemetery grounds and I hope to think there were smiling ancestors surrounding us.

By Wednesday of each week the campers are a family.  We do everything together and we rejoice in that.  No one is left out of ANYTHING.  There is no tardy bell, no competition, and no losers.  Everyone gets a turn.

This is where the energy emerges.  It happened in Austin, TX too, where I offered camps as well.  The first week of Campers gravitated to jigsaw puzzles.  The second week of Campers immersed themselves in Playdough creations.  We also had an Art Project each day that became our set for the performance at the end of the week.

One completely intentional project we had was creating Tye-Dye t-shirts thanks to Rev. Leigh!  Each camper and 10450101 10204174094252351 4117384567821738132 ocounselor/volunteer made one of their very own, and the COOLEST PART is our Christ Church name and logo big and bold on the front of the t-shirt.  We have extras available in various sizes for $10 if you would like one.  Can we say EVANGELISM??

There are folks I need to thank tremendously for their help in pulling this off.  Jody Bradford, Beth Varne, Bess Thompson, Greg Hollis, Leigh Hall, Donna Purdy, Glenn Queener, Lynn Turner, Mary Hardee, Shannon Vaughn, and our FABULOUS youth counselors- Tori Wolfe, Sally Smith, and Camryn Jones.  None of this could have happened with out this team.  Parents were fabulous and shared that their child slept really well all week. J

But there is more that came out of our first year of Creative Arts Camps. As Father Tom shared in his Rector’s Rambling, this past week marked the one year anniversary of Merritt Levitan’s death while bicycling across the country. She was struck and killed at the age of 18 by a motorist who was distracted while texting. Merritt’s family (members of Christ Church) established some charitable outreach efforts to pass along Merritt’s legacy through making the world a better place. One of those is the Text Less Live More campaign, which you can read about here: http://www.merrittsway.org/initiatives/textless-live/.

906274 10204174110492757 887274281193140548 oThe campaign’s goal is to, “decrease excessive phone use and encourage people to disconnect from the virtual world and reattach themselves to the real world…and also prevent dangerous habits like texting and driving.”

It dawned on me that there is a spirit connecting our Camps to Merritt.  Remember when I stated electronics are not invited?  I’ve also always had a thing for rainbows being a part of camps.  At the Cheshire/Levitan family gathering last year in Neptune Park shortly after Merritt’s death there were rainbows, and all agreed Merritt had something to do with that.  So I’ve been in touch with Anna, Rich, Ed and Judy.  Camps in future years will be named the Merrit Levitan Memorial Creative Arts Camps of Christ Church.

And so I offer one of my sayings in life- it’s a God thing.

In faith and thanksgiving,
Kathleen Turner

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6329 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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