Sacred Symbolism of the Anglican Rosary / Prayer Beads

This rosary includes a total of 33 beads and a cross or crucifix. The pendant includes the first bead which is named the Invitatory bead. The 32 beads of the circle are divided into 4 groups of 7 Weeks beads which are separated by 4 Cruciform beads.

The Cross or Crucifix is the primary symbol of Christianity; on the Cross our Lord willingly gave himself as a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for the sin of the whole world; this is where He saved us from the destruction of our sins and to where we are called, if we are to be his disciples and apostles.

The San Damiano Crucifix, which was included in the design and creation of the Anglican rosary, was used by St. Francis in the West and has eastern Christian origins in the tradition of icons.

The 33 Beads represent the number of years that Jesus lived.

The Invitatory Bead, the first bead above the cross or crucifix, is where we agree to be invited in to praise and worship our Lord and Savior, who saves us from being destroyed by our sin (that is, if this is what we desire).

The 4 Cruciform Beads form the 4 points of the Cross.

The Number 4 holds important significance in Judeo-Christian tradition:

The 4 cardinal virtues in moral theology of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance are the four cornerstones in the moral foundation of all human life; the 4 daily prayer periods are Morning, Noon, Evening, and Compline (Nighttime/Bedtime).

The Number 7 (each group of Weeks beads between the Cruciform beads) also holds important significance in Judeo-Christian tradition:

The number 7 represents spiritual perfection and completion: the 7 days of creation, the 7 sacraments of Eucharist/Holy Communion/Mass, Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation of a Penitent, Ordination of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, Unction of the Sick and Dying; the 7 seasons of the church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost.

(The Anglican Rosary is written by Lynn C. Bauman who created, designed, and named this prayer tool in the 1980s.)