Prayer beads are found throughout the world and are used by many individuals to help them engage mind, body and spirit in prayer.
The small group, “A Bead and a Prayer.” has begun making Lutheran prayer beads or “rosaries.” You can purchase your rosary by filling out this order form and returning it to the church office. The price of $15.00 includes the rosary, a pouch, and instructions. The proceeds will be donated to the Mount Joy Food Bank.
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In 2005, John Longworth, a seminarian at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and his wife, Sara, developed a Lutheran Rosary with prayers from Luther’s Small Catechism.
The Lutheran Rosary is comprised of 7 meditations:
Meditation on the Cross
Meditation on the Commandments
Meditation on the Creed
Meditation on the Lord’s
Meditation on Baptism
Meditation on Confession
Meditation of the Sacrament of the Altar
Each of the meditations include short suggested prayers from Scripture and/or Luther’s Small Catechism. Depending on the time of day, the Longworths have included Luther’s Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer at the beginning of the prayers during the Meditation on the Cross.
Though the Longworths configuration of beads and prayers is referred to as a Lutheran Rosary or Lutheran Prayer Beads, the prayers and meditations would be appropriate for any Christian.