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Anglican Rosary Tutorial

Anglican RosarySince it’s about two weeks into Lent, I thought I’d do a post on how to make an Anglican rosary. Anglican rosaries are a guide for meditative and repetitive prayer. They consist of 33 beads and one cross at the end. The 33 beads are divided up into 4 groups, or weeks, of seven beads. (Seven is significant in that it is the number of days of creation and the number of church seasons, and 33 is the number of years that Jesus was on the Earth.) In between these weeks there are different beads called cruciform beads, which form a sort of cross pattern. Finally, the invitatory bead is the one closest to the cross, and it invites you into prayer. If you would like to learn more on the Anglican rosary, you may find Wikipedia to be helpful. If you’re looking for sample prayers to use with your rosary, simply do a Google search for “Anglican rosary prayers”. If you have your own prayers that you’d like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments! Keep reading to learn how to make your own Anglican rosary in just a few easy steps!

You Will Need:

  • Beading wire
  • 28 (~10mm) beads (These are the week beads.)
  • 4 (~10mm) beads (These are the cruciform beads. Make sure they are different than the week beads.)
  • 1 (~12mm) bead (This is the invitatory bead. It can be the same as the cruciform beads, if you so desire.)
  • 1 cross pendant (Any size and material will suffice.)
  • Crimp bead and crimp cover
  • Crimping tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Scotch tape
I used 10mm agate beads, glass faceted gold beads (8mm and 5mm), and a pewter cross charm with an antique gold finish.
I used 10mm agate beads, glass faceted gold beads (8mm and 5mm), and a pewter cross charm with an antique brass finish.

Step 1: Cut 16″ (41 cm) of beading wire. On one end, about 2″ (5 cm) in, fold a piece of tape over the wire. This will prevent the beads from slipping off the wire.

Tape on wire

Step 2: String in order 7 week beads, 1 cruciform bead, 7 week beads, 1 cruciform bead, 7 week beads, 1 cruciform bead, and 7 week beads.

Step 3: Being careful not to let any slip off the end, remove the tape. Hold both ends of the strand together and string through both ends the last cruciform bead and the invitatory bead.

Step 3

Step 4: String the crimp bead and the cross pendant through both ends. Loop the ends back through the crimp bead, and use a crimping tool to fasten it tightly. Trim the excess wire and finish it off with a crimp cover. (Note: Before you crimp, make sure the beads are loose enough so that you can easily hold the rosary in your closed fist. If it seems too tight, loosen the wires until it’s just right. This will allow people to carry the rosary in pockets or purses without stretching or breaking.)

Step 4

Step 4

More Variations:

Purple Glass Rosary


Handmade rosaries make thoughtful gifts for baptisms, confirmations, and even Easter.

Speaking of special occasions, maybe you’re feeling that you’d love to do something a little different to your hair for whatever the special occasion might be. For fun and refreshing hairstyles, check out xo, Yvette, a blog in which Yvette presents a new hairstyle once a week in her #hairoftheweek posts. She even provides links to the tutorials where she learned how to do the hairstyles, which means that you can try them out, too! I highly recommend checking out her blog.

That’s all for today. I hope you join me again on Friday when I show off my mad baking skills. (Is that banana bread I smell?)

6 thoughts on “Anglican Rosary Tutorial

  1. I’ve seen rosaries around before but I never really knew what they were for. I’m glad I learned something new today. Also, thanks for the shout out, Steph! That put a smile on my face. 🙂


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