Besides this last week being my birthday, I have also been very involved in some legal matters that have taken a lot of my time. Needless to say, these matters are far from over and will be going on for the near future. To follow Luther's Eighth Commandment, God is using this situation to help me understand how I need to grow as a Child of God!!!!
On to my short excurses today....I have always had an interest in the Catholic Rosary and in teaching World Religions, I have had the opportunity to have students who are Catholic speak about their faith and the use of the Rosary in Prayer.
One way I would like to help Lutheranism is to help further develop the use of Prayer Beads for Contemplative Prayer. Thus, I have been doing some searching on-line for some resources. The below list is only composed of on-line resources that I found and believe would be of benefit for those who are interested in learning more about the Rosary. Let me make my disclaimer here by saying, I only offer these as resources and only believe that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ do we receive any benefit. Further more I do not believe in praying to the Saints. My intention is only to offer resources for Christians, specifically Lutherans to enrich their faith by directed prayer.
On to the resources I found. Here are the web links for the sites:
Broad Rosary Site
Ranger Rosary Site – How to make a Rosary
Confessional Lutheran Reaction to the Rosary
Lutheran Prayer Beads – ELCA Affiliated Site
As well, here are some sites that you can get some of the accessories needed to make prayer beads. These are compiled from an e-mail I received from Kelly Klages (Thank you Kelly!!!) Please go and look at her web blog and site. She is a real artist who is very talented and married to a Lutheran Pastor in the LCMS Sister Synod, Lutheran Church Canada!!!
~General beading supplies:
~Freshwater pearls, clasps, other gemstone strands –http://www.treasureislandpearls.com/sunshop/
American Source –http://www.rosaryparts.com/index.asp
Canadian source – http://www.avemariascircle.com/Contact_Us_USD.htm
Pendants (including crosses) – http://www.silver-insanity.com/category_s/11.htm
~Other charms – http://www.beadstudio.com/catalog.php
Please e-mail me if you have questions. I would love to hear from you!!!!
Darian L. Hybl