of the Rosary
COME WITH AN ANCIENT HISTORY
If you are interested in making mission rosaries or want to make rosaries to share with friends, consider the knotted cord rosary or chaplet. This technique of prayer counting is one of the very first ever used by the early fathers of the church. A very simple, available, inexpensive, rewarding and much needed ministry.
a wonderful reminder
OF THE KNOTTED PRAYER CORD
The prayer cord, a much larger pair, is traditionally worn around the waist by various orders of brothers, priests and nuns. Tradition also has it that the Blessed Virgin gave Dominic this type of cord to pray on. It is often seen as the Franciscan Crown (7 decades of 10). The knotted prayer cord has a long history. The first written information we found is the year 600 when Irish monks set 150 knots on a cord to count the Psalter (Psalms). At the same time, the laity, most of whom couldn't read, would repeat 150 Pater Nosters or the Divine Office which was called ‘The Poor Man's Breviary'
RECENT POPULARITY - (7 SETS OF 3)
We first discovered these little 7 sets if 3 knotted prayer cords through our sons wife Lenice who, when visiting Medjugorje, learned to make them on the bus ride. She gave us one and taught us how to make the knots. then Father Joe whose gramma came from there, shared that his family prayed this 7 sets of 3 rosary and it was called the 'Grandmothers Prayer'.
Knotted cord rosaries were issued in Viet Nam to various members of our armed forces. Chaplains would give knotted khaki cord rosaries to the troops to carry into battle. We also heard that they were worn around the neck and smuggled into countries where the church was not allowed. They were safe as metal detectors would not pick them up.
for more information see:
SUPPLIES - KNOTTING - TOOLS
MAKING A CHAPLET OR ROSARY - DYING THE CORD
READERS COMMENTS - RANGER ROSARIES
CORD R0SARIES - BOOKLET
~ CORD and TWINE SUPPLIERS ~
When Teena and Cheryl left FNT in 2006,
DIVINE TWINE ROSARY TWINE
colored cords, batiks and solid colors.
All colors may be overdyed or tie dyed (instructions below) using
household dyes which surprised us as we felt synthetics required a special dye...
Check prices for larger cords as instructions call for the following yardage:
#48:7yds. #60: 9yds - #72: 10 1/2 yds - #96: 12yds of cord.
Nylon is not only the easiest to use, ends may be burned off.
If you use natural fibers, Dip ends in white glue or rubber cement and let dry.
To finish rosary use the glue to secure cut ends
~ KNOTTING INSTRUCTIONS ~
rosaries and chaplets are made up of one single, wrapped knot which is
repeated for each bead, using different sizes for different prayer beads.
It is also used to make the cross. Take a length of cord and try several
before beginning. We made the chaplet first.
3 wraps for Ave beads (easiest)
5 wraps for Paternoster beads (little harder)
2 wraps (double cord) to connect and form the loop
5 to 7 wraps for beads that form cross (somewhat difficult)
Try the the chaplet first
then develop your own sequence to fit a favorite devotion.
~ KNOTMAKING TOOLS ~
... PLUMBING TUBING
~ MAKING a CHAPLET or ROSARY ~
We became acquainted
with knotted prayer cords when our son Peter's wife Lenice made a ‘peace
chaplet' for each member of the family while in Medjugjore in 87. She said
they were given cord and instructions while riding on the pilgrim bus.
Made popular again at medjugorje
with 7 sets of 3 beads each.
Called the 'Grandmothers Prayer',
they have a long history.
5 DECADE ROSARIES
Traditional 'Dominican Rosary' or
'Catholic Rosary' is prayed by
Christians all over the world.
Variations of these two may be made
in any configuration that suits personal prayer
The Anglican Rosary with
its 4 sets of 10, or prayer ropes for
the Orthodox Churches
are two considerations.
PEACE CHAPLET - 3 1/2 yards #36 cord
5 DECADE ROSARY - 5 1/2 yards #36 cord
1. BURN CORD OFF
2. FOLD CORD IN
HALF - START IN CENTER
-- a. FIRST KNOT - Using 3 wraps,
make first knot. Repeat twice, keeping beads close together and tight.
Leave a 1/2in space at most.
3. FORMING LOOP
4. FORMING PENDANT
5. FORMING CROSS
-- f. TO FORM CROSSBAR -
tie a 15in cord directly under the knot (first part of a shoelace knot)
6. BURN OFF ENDS:
-- i. TRIM ONE END -
with scissors about 1/4 in away from rosary.
7. PRAY - PRAY -
~ TIE DYE INSTRUCTIONS ~
1. PREPARE DYE -
according to package instructions.
~ READERS COMMENTS ~
... I was probably the only Baptist ...
I was looking for information on making all cord rosary and came across you. I am excited. I am a rosary maker and prayer. For a few years I was away from the church and still continued to pray my rosary several times a day. I was probably the only Baptist in the state of Arkansas praying the rosary. But that was good in away.
Our Blessed Mother never gave up on me and she was ever present in my life. Eventually I came back to the Catholic Church and have enjoyed every moment of it. Now after being back for almost 9 years I am on a new journey. Two years ago God called me to become a Secular Franciscan. In a few months I shall make Profession. Nialach, (that it may be) Lyn White (USA)
... prayer ropes for the Orthodox church ...
I ran across your page and was intrigued. I have just illustrated a pamphlet on Prayer ropes for the Orthodox church. We (my family and I) make them at lent since they are a monastic endeavour, they are made with great reverence, all the while reciting the "Jesus Prayer". The knots are very complicated and the ropes are mostly made in black wool (black for sorrow and wool for the Lamb) with a tassel at the end to wipe your tears and remind you to weep. While the Orthodox have several types of ropes and lengths, they all practice the same prayer of repentance. The Jesus Prayer : "O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' Tom D. (USA)
... a gift to share
with others ...
... I have just
begun my journey ...
ask for the rosary cord' ...
~ RANGER ROSARIES ~
A WONDERFUL ROSARY DEVELOPED BY
SGT FRANK V RISTAINO MADE OF PARACHUTE CORD AND PONY BEADS FOR OUR MILITARY
PERSONNEL. READ ABOUT IT IN THIS ARTICLE THEN GO TO THE LINK BELOW FOR
By George P. Matysek Jr. - Review staff correspondent
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