Prayer Beads

Since the earliest of times, people have used pebbles or a string of knots or beads on a cord to keep track of prayers offered to God. Virtually every major religious tradition in the world uses some form of prayer beads.

Prayer Beads like the ones shown here are a relatively new form of prayer, blending 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-1980’s, through the prayerful exploration and discovery or a contemplative prayer group.

The use of the rosary or prayer beads helps to bring us into contemplative or meditative prayer – really thinking about and being mindful of praying, of being in the presence of God – by the use of mind, body, and spirit. The touching of the fingers on each successive bead is an aid ito keep our mind focused, and the rhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness.

Symbolism of the Beads

The configuration of these Prayer Beads relates contemplative prayer to many levels of traditional Christian symbolism. Contemplative prayer is enriched by these symbols whose purpose is always to focus and concentrate attention, allowing the one who prays to move into the Presence of God.

The prayer beads are made up of twenty-eight beads divided into four groups of seven called “weeks”. In the Judeo-Christian tradition the number seven represents spiritual perfection and completion. Between each week is a single bead, called a cruciform bead as the four beads form a cross. The invitatory bead between the cross and the wheel of beads brings the total to thirty-three, the number of years in Jesus’ earthly life.

Praying with the beads

To begin, hold the Cross and say the prayer you have assigned to it, and then move to the Invitatory Bead. 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) at 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 cross at the beginning or 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 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. 

There are a number of patterns possible with the ones here being only possible suggestions. Over time you will find patterns that hold meaning for you. You may find certain patterns more beneficial on certain occasions. 

Prayers for Come and See…Go and Tell (Cursillo) based on the prayer used during the weekend.

Prayers for use by a Daughter of the King based on the prayer of The Order.

Prayers based on color – Rose, Blue, Black, Violet, Green, Red

Presence at Convention

This year Daughters of the King maintained a presence at the Convention of the Diocese of Olympia. We had a prayer corner that was highly visible and accessible to the attendees just outside the convention hall. We enjoyed letting folks know that the Convention was being covered in prayer not only by our presence in the convention center but also by many prayer warriors who were praying virtually. Many registered there virtual presence via a 24-7 virtual prayer signup.

In addition to the prayer corner we also “personed” a table in the exhibit hall where various materials regarding Daughters were available as well as single week anglican prayer beads in the form of a keyring. 

“Traffic” at the table was pretty constant when the convention was not actively in session. I was amazed in a good way but also concerned. Several times people told me they knew nothing about Daughters. Asked their church it was concerning for their church to be one where there ARE Daughters! More fun were the priests who told me they loved Daughters and wished they had Daughters at their church! HOORAY! Both are places we need some work: in the one case to spread the news that we DO have a presence in the church and in the other to help get something started!

We collected some good contacts and I have already heard from some who took one of the keychains with our email address.

Fall 2019 Retreat

Daughters of the King Assembly of Olympia
Fall Retreat 2019

Address: St. Placid Priory
500 College Street NE
Lacey, Washington 98516

When: Evening of Friday, October 4, 2019 – Morning of Sunday, October 6th 

Although this is the Fall Retreat of Daughters of the King, ALL women are invited! Come explore and get to know a little about what being a Daughter of the King is all about!

Cost: 

         $125 for 2 nights

         $80 for 1 night

         $40 for day only

    Lunch on Saturday included. We will be bringing/preparing our own food for other meals. Details will be provided when you register.

Saturday’s program will be a facilitated experience based on The Beloved Community Story Sharing Campaign which seeks to help faith communities and individuals to share and receive stories of faith, race, and difference and to become more effective healers, reconcilers, and ambassadors of Christ in the world.

To express interest email Becca or Charla with FIRM commitment by September 27th. Registration Forms can be emailed to the above (in which case payment will be collected at the Retreat) or mailed to the address on the Registration Form.

Becca: becca@phoebesplace.org

Charla: thequilt@live.com

https://dokolympia.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/dok-2019-retreat-registration.pdf

Spring Assembly report

The Diocese of Olympia’s Spring assembly was held at Hope Lutheran Church in Enumclaw, WA. It was so delightful to be with our Sisters in The Order. The ladies of Hope did a wonderful job of hosting!

We had a delightful time! Our enjoyment began with arrival as driving into Enumclaw with Mt Rainer visible is always wonderful!

Speaking of Driving! Ladies gathered in a variety of ways and from some interesting places! Longest distance traveled in a single day award belongs to Leah. Leah lives in Everett and made the roundtrip to Auburn where she joined a carpool to complete the distance to Enumclaw. Doreen did not travel the furthest but was the eldest lady present! Doreen, who is 97 years old, counts on Kathleen Nyhuis to see to it that she gets to DOK functions. Wendy is not ‘from around here’ as she actually lives in Yakima and is part of a Chapter in the Assembly of Spokane! She planned to stay in the area after the meeting to help breakup the trip. Jen Mariano, our speaker, flew in from the East Coast (Maryland). Then there is Noel. Noel, who is blind and depends on buses, made the trip to Enumclaw via Uber! How’s that for dedication? 

Once gathered we shared refreshments provided by the ladies of Hope Chapter. Following the first part of the business meeting we worshipped together led by Pastor Keith Marshall of Hope Lutheran and our own Chaplain Pam Tinsley. Pastor Keith reminded us that in the Gospel of John we do not hear of The Last Supper but rather of The First Breakfast and our risen Lord and the 11 gather around a charcoal fire for that breakfast just as Peter warmed himself at a charcoal fire when he denied our Lord. Following the renewal of our vows to The Order we celebrated with “Lift High the Cross”.

After the second half of the business meeting we shared a delightful lunch of salads and sandwiches.

Jen presented The Strategic Plan of The Order and where we are in the implementation process. I won’t go into details but look for an audio recording of this soon. Later several ladies commented that they now understood why we needed a Strategic Plan! Hooray! Mission accomplished!

Spring Assembly

The Assembly is planned for Saturday, May 4th. We will be meeting at Hope Lutheran, Enumclaw. All women are invited so please ask your friends! We are planning an exciting program which includes our speaker, Jen Mariano, coming from National! Jen is the Strategic Planning Co-Chair.

Links here are for the registration form and the flyer. Please feel free to post the flyer in your church as all women are invited!

Please register by April 20th.