Meditation Bead Making & Prayer of the Heart Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Location: Wild Flower Studio, 1320 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, CA. 

meditation prayer beads

Class Description

Early church men and women used meditation prayer beads as a way of drawing closer to God. In this workshop, you’ll be making your own set of meditation beads, learning about this ancient meditation practice, and it’s practical application. 

Cost: $25.00 plus $15.00 for beading materials. Please indicate your foundational beading color at checkout: brown, turquoise, purple, royal blue, red, orange, white, etc. 

More About Meditation Beads and the Prayer of the Heart (Jesus Prayer)

What are prayer beads?
Did you know that meditation prayer beads are common in all major religions? In fact my research found that the word bead comes from the Anglo Saxon term “bede” which actually means prayer. As such, beads are a tool to help one pray in a systematic manner.

 Significance of Meditation Prayer Beads

While beads are great for systematizing prayer, the main significance of beads is that they are a physical reminder of the need to pray. For instance, you may be preparing to go to bed or even in the heat of a very busy day only to look down and see your beads and get a reminder that you need to pray. 

The beads will also remind you of God’s presence, which calls you into an encounter with the divine. I have found the beads to be a wonderful visual cue, to remember to meditate and spend time with Father God.” Similar to the monastery bells calling the faithful to prayer, the beads on your desk, on your wrist or in your pocket will be a reminder that connection to God is only a prayer away.

Prayer of the Heart (The Jesus Prayer)
The Jesus Prayer which goes like “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have Mercy on me” is another common Christian meditation practice and is central to praying with beads. It was very prominent in Eastern Orthodox practice that was created by the desert fathers and is believed to have been introduced in Europe by the Crusaders returning back home.
 
The desert fathers would use meditation prayer beads each time they said prayers and would move or push a bead until they went around the prayer rope. It was believed to be critical in opening up the heart and paving the ways for the Prayer of the Heart/Jesus Prayer. The Jesus Prayer is also believed to be what the apostle Paul encourages in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 when he talks about praying without ceasing.
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