In my last post, I showed you how I made a set of prayer beads suitable for brides. Now we move on to the prayers.
As I said in the previous post, I used the Anglican rosary form to create these bridal prayer beads, but I was inspired to add three beads on the stem, between the traditional invitatory bead and the first cruciform bead. These beads represent the three marriage vows – to love, to honor and to cherish. Some of us – me included – sometimes need a little extra help to remember and keep these vows as well as we should.
Sources for the following prayers are Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated and Prayers for Hope and Comfort: Reflections, Meditations and Inspirations by Maggie Oman Shannon. I’ll be writing more about this last book in an upcoming post. And I actually wrote the vows prayers myself – something I seldom do. Feel free to mush all these prayers around as you see fit – change their order, write your own, drop them altogether for something you find more suitable. Here’s my mantra – if it feels like a prayer to you, it feels like a prayer to God.
ON THE CROSS OR TERMINAL CHARM
May the faith that gives us hope,
May the love that shows the way,
May the peace that cheers the heart,
Be ours this day and always.
ON THE INVITATORY BEAD
May the wisdom of God lead us in His/Her marvelous way,
Be our shelter by day and a blaze of stars by night.
May He/She stir our inmost beings always to seek Him/Her,
And the wisdom, love and grace of God
Be upon us and with us always.
ON THE VOWS BEADS
1 – Lord, help us to keep our vow to love each other by remembering your love for us.
2 – Lord, help us to keep our vow to honor each other by seeing each other as your precious children.
3 – Lord, help us to keep our vow to cherish each other by remembering we are both created in your image.
ON THE CRUCIFORM BEADS:
May we live in peace without weeping.
May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.
May our love fill the world, angel wins tenderly beating
ON THE WEEKS BEADS
1 – Lord, guard us, your children, wherever we wander,
2 – Lift us high when we falter or founder
3 – Place our feet on rocks and not on sand
4 – Give us your hand as we walk through the darkness.
5 – Strengthen our souls with bright hope from above,
6 – Keep joy in our hearts against all the world’s starkness,
7 – And fill all our emptinesses with your love.