Prayer Bead & Rosary Links
Links page updated 1/7/11
- A Brief History of Prayer Beads: overview of prayer beads from around the world.
- Bead One, Pray Two: author Kimberly Winston's blog on the use and creation of contemporary prayer beads.
- The Devotional Uses of Beads: a brief summary from Redbutterfly.org
- Historical Rosaries: examples of 15th and 16th century prayer beads.
- Karen's Prayer Beads: pictures, information, links, stringing and prayers on Karen Deal Robinson's web site.
- Mousie's Prayer Beads: prayers and pictures of Mousie's personal beads and practice.
- Mystic Rosary: Yahoo discussion group focusing on use, creation, meditation and prayer with prayer beads.
- One Bead at a Time: Omplace.com essay on prayer beads by Cynthia Long, Stringing Together Cultural Symbols -- One Bead at a Time.
- Paternoster Row: extensive information and illustrations of historical rosaries and paternosters.
- Prayer Bead Mini Gallery: Cultural history of prayer beads with samples of rosaries and malas from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
- Prayerbdzs: Web site of author Elenor Wiley, author of A String and a Prayer.
- Prayer Beads: An overview from the e-zine Newsfinder.
- Prayer Bead Design: Scholarly discussion of the patterns and cultural associations for designing rosaries and malas.
- Prayer Beads, An Aid to Prayer: Overview of the different prayer bead traditions.
- Praying Bead by Bead: incorporating prayer beads into spiritual practice from Maggie Oman Shannon and Eleanor Wiley.
- Rosary Prayer Beads: information on rosaries and various cultural uses of prayer beads.
- Sacred Strands: My top list dedicated to collectors, lovers, creators, and users of prayer beads and rosaries. Membership is open to anyone selling prayer beads, rosaries or malas online.
- Spirituality on a String: a history of prayer beads in world religions.
- Toledo sisters' circles of prayer: From the Toledo Blade -- two sisters discover prayer beads after the death of their mother.
- Wiki: prayer bead entry on the Wikipedia.
- Anglican Rosary: praying with Anglican prayer beads from Ken Norian, TSSF.
- Episcopal Diocese of Washington: History and use of Anglican prayer beads.
- King of Peace: contemplative prayer with Anglican beads.
- Prayer Beads as an Aid to Prayer: History of and instructions for the use of Anglican prayer beads from the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.
- A Mala Prayer: by Linda Blanchard.
- Heart of Compassions Malas: a blog with thoughts from a mala maker.
- How To Use a Mala: tips on using Indian prayer beads or malas by Angela Schnaubelt.
- Mala: Buddhist Rosary Beads: Information on Buddhist malas from ReligionFacts.com
- Meditation Malas: collection of mala related articles on the Holistic Healing topic at About.com.
- Meditation With Malas: a how-to from BellaOnline's meditation editor.
- Earth Beads: National Catholic Reporter pdf file on the creation of Earth Prayer beads that focus on sacred creation.
- Catholic Encyclopedia: the use of beads at prayer.
- Donald A. Brown Rosary Collection: A collection of over 4000 rosaries, housed at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, WA.
- How to Recite the Holy Rosary: traditional prayers and sequence of the Catholic rosary. (pdf file)
- Praying the Rosary: the histories, prayers, mysteries and how to of the rosary from Religionfacts.com
- Pray With Beads.com: a nice introduction to the use of prayer beads and rosaries. The site's author began her journey and creation of prayer beads when her son was stationed in Iraq.
- Tasbih: pictures and information on Iranian prayer beads.
- The Healing Power of Prayer Beads: prayer beads from the Muslim perspective.
- The Tespih Works in Mysterious Ways: a tourist's encounter with Turkish prayer beads.
- Chotki: Eastern Orthodox prayer beads.
- Prayer Ropes: contemporary and historical information with images from the Orthodox Wiki.
- Rosary Workshop: two articles on Orthodox prayer beads: Prayer Beads: Knots, Beads and Counts & Ancient Prayer Ropes.
- A Garland for Zeus: modern Pagan prayer bead traditions.
- At Brigid's Forge: An exquisite set of Pagan beads, with an accompanying prayer to the Goddess.
- Celtic Prayer Book: prayer collection, including rosary prayers.
- Celtic Rosary: rosary prayer to the Goddess.
- Circle Beads: Information on creating and using Pagan prayer beads.
- Circle of the Green: Pagan prayers beads of the Triple Goddess.
- Goddess Beads: using Goddess meditation beads.
- Goddess Prayer Beads: designing and making a set of beads with an accompanying prayer.
- Goddess Rosary: Christo-Pagan rosary prayers.
- Heathen Prayer Beads: from Heathen Dave Haxton's web log.
- Her Church.Org: connecting with the Sacred through the Goddess rosary.
- Magdalene Rosary: Mysteries of Magdalene rosary prayers.
- Mala Meditations: Prayer bead devotions from Pagan author Dianne Sylvan.
- Manual of Celtic and Druid Prayers: prayers for a Druid rosary, the Earth Rosary and the Celtic Goddess Rosary.
- Pagan Prayer Beads: information, prayers and prayer bead shop at Cauldron Farm, Hubbardston, MA.
- Pagan Prayer Beads II: a visually and spiritually inspirational page from Donald L. Engstrom-Reese, sharing his experience and personal prayers.
- Pagan Prayer Beads III: a brief overview of using pagan prayer beads, with information on bead colors, numbers, symbolism, and gemstone properties.
- Prayers, Devotions, and Poems: meditation and prayer suggestions using Goddess prayer beads.
- Retooling Rosaries for Pagan Rituals: Washington Post article on former Catholics who find a new spirituality in prayer beads.
- Rosaries and Witchcraft: four articles on incorporating rosary prayers into Wiccan practice.
- The Cosmic Rosary: more on Earth prayer beads from Sharon Abercrombie at Earth Light Library.
- Triple Goddess Mala: prayers and pictures from Grian at the blog, Panthea.
- Goddess Prayer Beads: suggestions for creating and praying with beads dedicated to the Goddess, from BellaOnline.com
- Wiccan Web: crafting a set of Pagan prayer beads.
- With Bede in Hand: a personal take on prayer beads, from Strega Bellezza Squillace.
- A Unitarian Universalist Prayer Bead Practice: Suggestions for developing a personal prayer bead practice, from the UUA.
Crafting Prayer Beads and Rosaries:
- Carnelian Rosary: Step-by-step instructions on making a Carnelian gemstone rosary from Tammy Powley, jewelry making editor at About.com.
- How to Tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope: Very detailed instructions, with pictures, of completing an intricate Orthodox prayer rope.
- Knotted Twine Rosary: From the Rosary Army, a video demonstrating how to make a knotted twine rosary.
- Making Prayer Beads With Tassels and Pouches: A family oriented craft project from BellaOnline's Meditation Editor, Susan Helene Kramer.
- Making a Wire and Chain Rosary: PDF file or video on making traditional Catholic wire and chain rosaries.
- Prayer Bead Projects: prayer bead and mala projects from About.com jewelry making.
Beading and Jewelry Suppliers:
- Beaded Impressions: gemstone beads and pendants.
- Fire Mt. Gems and Beads: has a huge selection of beads and jewelry making supplies.
- Land of Odds: everything and anything related to making jewelry.
- Lima Beads: gemstone beads, freshwater pearls, cubic zirconia and more.
- Rio Grande: another big supplier of gems, beads and findings.
- Silver Rose Beads: offers quality and often unusual gemstone and precious metal beads and pearls.
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