8mm Composite Turquoise Colored Beads
Nickel Silver Madonna Center
Nickel Silver Crucifix
This is the first Roman Catholic rosary that I've made in a long while. For months, I've been concentrating on Anglican rosaries for my brothers and sisters at The Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.
It's been an interesting experience making Anglican (or Episcopalian if you prefer) rosaries. For one thing, the use of rosaries in prayer in the Anglican tradition only came into being in the mid 1980's, a mere thirty four years ago. The rosary tradition in the RCC started somewhere in the 13th century.
For another, Anglican rosaries are thirty three beads long - four "weeks" of seven beads, four "cruciform" beads and one "invitatory" bead. Roman Catholic rosaries are fifty nine beads long - five decades of "Hail Mary" beads, five "Our Father" or "Pater Noster" beads, three introductory "Hail Mary" beads and one additional "Our Father" bead next to the Crucifix.
My Episcopalian brothers and sisters refer to their rosaries as "Prayer Beads", whereas Roman Catholics refer to their rosaries as "The Rosary" or - if we really want to be long-winded about it "The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary"
The recommendation is to pray this progression three times around - recalling the Trinity. I really like the form of Anglican prayer on their beads - to my ear it's a combination of the Daily Office, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Orthodox Christian "Jesus Prayer." Lovely.
Whatever their surface differences - both kinds of rosaries help to bring folks into the presence of the Divine. They also serve more mundane purposes, like providing basic animal comfort, calming tattered nerves, even serving as talismans.