The Anglican rosary (also known as Anglican or Christian prayer beads) was developed in the mid-1980s by Episcopalians in the United States participating in a study group dealing with prayer methods. The beads have since been adopted or adapted by Lutherans, Methodists, and other Protestant groups. There are no set prayers. The goal of using the rosary is to allow your mind to become calm and quiet by developing an unhurried rhythm.
The rosary consists of thirty-three beads which signify the number of years that Christ lived on the earth. Twenty-eight of the beads are divided into four groups. These groups signify the four gospels. Each group consists of seven beads, signifying the days of the week and the seasons of the Church year. Separating these four groups (referred to as “weeks”) are four larger beads called "cruciform" beads which form the points of the cross when the loop of prayer beads is opened into a circular shape. One additional bead completes the set of thirty-three: the “invitatory” and it is placed outside of the loop and above the cross.
If you would like an Anglican rosary that is in a color not shown, we can probably get it. If the rosary is out of stock, we can special order it for you. The Bruton Parish Church Gift Shop is fortunate to have our rosaries made by Belinda De La Garza, a very talented Williamsburg artist. Just give us a call Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you give us your phone number. We will return your call or e-mail in 24–48 hours, if not immediately.