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Umbrella Christian beads? [Sep. 27th, 2006|10:29 pm]
Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes


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Hi - I just joined this group - what an interesting mix.

I attend a contemporary Protestant church (UCC). Are there any interesting prayer beads that would be relevant to this group? Sometimes in gift shops, I see prayer beads like, "angel bracelets" or different beads with colors meaning different things, but I was wondering if there was something with historical/traditional meaning AND could be non-denominational or "generic Christian."

Yes, I am aware I said contemporary church/tradional beads...I'm just looking for a meaning behind it.

[User Picture]From: happyduck1979
2006-09-28 02:53 am (UTC)
How about the alter colours? I seem to remember that there are different alter/vestment colours for different times of year pertaining to different emotions. It is like green, white, red, purple and black for various times of year I think. I am not 100% sure though.
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[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-09-28 03:00 am (UTC)
There is such a thing as liturgical colors which change with the event, although you are more likely to see this in High Christian churches than low ones.

If you're curious they usually are:

Green - Ordinary Time
White - Major Feasts, Sacraments, and feasts of non-martyr Saints. Sometimes used for Funerals.
Red - The Holy Spirit, Good Friday, and the feasts of Martyrs.
Purple - Lent, Advent
Black - All Souls Day, Funerals
Gold - Can replace White
Blue - Feasts of Mary
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[User Picture]From: happyduck1979
2006-09-28 03:02 am (UTC)
sorry about that. I am not Christian and was thinking back to my student teaching at a Catholic school days!
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[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-09-28 03:08 am (UTC)
It's nothing to be sorry about. I was just explaining in case people wanted to know.
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[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-09-28 03:07 am (UTC)
There's a thing called the Anglican Rosary which doesn't have a set prayer style but you can find them in many places. They are basically a protestant version of prayer beads.

You could also get a Catholic rosary and not say Ava Marias on it, depending on what you wanted it for.

The history of prayer beads is such that you don't typically find them in Christianity outside of the Catholic Church. Most people haven't wanted prayer beads and Catholics have never felt the need to put out a non-denominational Mary-less version.
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[User Picture]From: croses
2006-09-28 12:45 pm (UTC)


Thanks so much for your quick replies! I was thinking of selling prayer beads to raise money for our Habitat for Humanity project. I checked out the link to the Pearls of Life beads. It seems very cool, so now I'm off to my church boards for more ideas!
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[User Picture]From: christychristy
2006-09-28 01:19 pm (UTC)
A lot of folks make their own, tailored to their own likings, but here is a protestant source that people of many denominations use:
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[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-09-28 02:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, they're beautiful. I wish there was a use for beads in Judaism.
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[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2006-09-28 08:16 pm (UTC)
They could be used the way I use rosaries - not so much to pray with as something to keep my hands busy with. I am a figity person, so holding on to something keeps me still while I talk to Him. This is also the use of the beads in the eastern faiths.
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[User Picture]From: elettaria
2006-09-28 02:21 pm (UTC)
There was a woman in my local jeweller's making herself a pagan string of prayer beads the other day, to my delight. She was using gemstones in the chakra colours (with a bit of extra amethyst), and making a silver pendanty thing to put where the cross would go on a rosary. I think it was a moon symbol, something like that. The jeweller himself is Catholic (though about to marry a Protestant chap) and does a fair amount of religious jewellery.
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