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How to Make Prayer Beads

Updated on March 16, 2011
"Freeman" Norse mythology Prayer beads
"Freeman" Norse mythology Prayer beads

How many of you know, that the word bead comes from the Anglo-Saxon word bede? Which happens to mean "PRAYER!" I think historical facts like that, make certain arts and crafts ideas that more interesting and fun. For over 2,500 years, people have used the aid of prayer beads, in spiritual practices. Whether to chant the names of saints, count during meditation or recite the rosary- prayer beads have provided a tangible object, to assert self-motivation and lasting dedication. Since ancient times, prayer beads have also been a means of measuring, devotional output and goals.

The earliest know prayer beads were made from bone, wood, olive pits, seeds, nuts and dried berries. However, throughout time prayer beads have evolved from the most basic, primitive, materials. Over time, and with the aid of new discoveries and tools, people started making their prayer beads out of costly metals, amber, glass, plastic and semiprecious stones such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

Praying with Beads

To begin, hold the Cross or End bead in the palm of your hand, and say the name of the prayer you wish to pray. After saying the name of the prayer, (like the Lord's Prayer), then move your thumb and index finger ( in a pinching, clinched, fist style clutch), to the first bead. This bead is usually slightly larger, than the other beads strung on the strand. You always want to enter the circle of the prayer beads counterclockwise. Most religious prayers move along the beads with each recited phrase or verse. Pausing then upon the following bead, as a reflection of your meditated words.

The prayer practices affiliated with the image to the right, suggests that you "pray around the circle of the beads three times (which signifies the Trinity) in 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."

Other Cultures Prayer Beads

Baraka, Islamic Prayer beads
Baraka, Islamic Prayer beads
Buddhist Prayer beads
Buddhist Prayer beads
Indian Prayer beads
Indian Prayer beads


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    Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

    I'm glad I found this hub. I've recently started making prayer beads. Well, I'm getting in the supplies now. I think finding just the right thread or cord for the bead holes is my biggest challenge now. I plan to make beads from clay as well. It's soothing to form the clay while I let my mind wander. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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    videogameviking 6 years ago from California

    Great article! I didn't know that Anglo-Saxon word "bede" meant Prayer.

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    Julie Grimes 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Thank you, you made my day!

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    skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Great hub of love, I have bookmarked. Up and awesome. Thank you for such a lovely works. I will try to make these one day. Sending hugs. In Him. Many Blessings. Hey I joined your fan club, look forward to seeing more.

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    Thomas Elliott 7 years ago

    What a great ministry you have. Beads are a great tool for meditative prayer. Thank you

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    Julie Grimes 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA


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    Multiman 7 years ago

    Good article and lovely pictures.

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    Julie Grimes 8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Kim and Tony- thank you so much for your touching remarks. Yeah, I'm going out today and buying myself some. However, thank you.

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    Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks for sharing this interesting information. Especially the Anglican prayer beads - had never heard of them before.

    Love and peace


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    kimberlyslyrics 8 years ago

    Intimate, check this out;

    so I keep going on and on about these prayer beads to Chris and he read your hub. Happen to be going through a really tough time right now, as I know you are too.

    Well, doesn't Chris come home from work two days ago with 3 sets of incredible prayer beads. One set is my favorite and I can't explain the comfort.

    They're white like opals long and cold to touch, they warm up as they are touched [goosebumps]

    It and does help so thank you so much



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    Julie Grimes 8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    That would be too cool. If you know of any people who are interested in Medical information. I opened a new hub account called IEsMedical. Only have two hubs posted so far, but more soon to follow. See you around kiddo. Love ya- Julie

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    TattoGuy 8 years ago

    Great hub Julie, I actually carry my own set which are black with a silver cross crucifix on the end of them, I must take a pic of them and mail you it, ya deff got the same taste as me ; ) x

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    Julie Grimes 8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Isn't? I loved the website myself. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I greatly appreciate the rate up too! You are the best!

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    kimberlyslyrics 8 years ago

    PS the rosary workshop is awesome!

    Plus voted you up again, whilst I be here :)

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    kimberlyslyrics 8 years ago

    OMG I have seen this featured repeatedly and on the front page a few times, now I know why, I learned a great deal and actually am anxious to get a set for my own personal use. I think it would help greatly.

    thank you, awesome hub


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    mythbuster 8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

    Nice photo examples of the different prayer beads. Thanks for the background info on these items and the instructions on how most people use them. Very easy to understand.

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    Deborah Demander 8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    Great information. There is a lot of history behind beads and beading. Thanks for taking the time to write.


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    Julie Grimes 8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Bob, your too cool.

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    Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

    That was so interesting. Thank you for sharing that. I never knew that. I still think you are cool.


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