6 gold pony beads
3 1/2" x 3/8" leather
Leather hole punch
Knife or scissors
For other activities, see the Activities Chapter.
The string is called Seine Twine Mason Line. It is 100% nylon and is about 1/8" in diameter. It comes in 230' spools.
Superglue works great with string. Remember that it will soak into the string and spread out from where you placed it. Fingers and everything else should be at least an inch or two from where you place the drop of glue.
Some people have trouble controlling where the overhand knot ends up and thus can't get them close enough together. The technique I use is to hold the string where it just comes out of the knot very loosely between my thumb and pointer finger. This should be about 3/8" from the last knot. With your other fingers on that same hand pull on the string to tighten the knot. The knot will tighten, but the distance between this knot and the last knot should remain the same. As the last of the string is pulled out tightening the knot, use your fingers to make any final adjustments.
If you are running out of string when you get ready to put the cross on, there are a couple of things you can do. One is to just run the string through the cross and tie an overhand knot so the string won't slip back through the hole in the cross. If you don't have enough string to even do this then run the string through the cross and then back through the last bead. Use superglue to hold it in place.
If you are REALLY short on string, you can add a third string to the double overhand knot that joins the two ends in step 6 above.
If you want to make your rosary completely out of knots, use a stopper knot instead of the beads.
The practice of reciting prayers using a string of beads or knots is widespread among the traditions of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. The word "rosary" means "crown of roses." It comes from the Latin word "rosarium" which means "rose garden." The rosary was not invented by one person, many people contributed to it. Use of the rosary similar to the one we know today dates back to around the middle of the fifth century.
In 1917, during the Russian Revolution and the outbreak of World War I, the Blessed Mother appeared to three children at Fatima, Portugal. She told them to pray the Rosary often for peace and the conversion of Russia. It is believed that these prayers helped to bring an end to World War I. In August 1991, Russia collapsed ending the communist reign. This allowed the Russian people to start openly practicing their religion. Many are converted daily.
During World War II, the armies of the Soviet Union invaded Austria, East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. The Soviets placed their lifestyle and form of government on these countries. The Austrian people were helpless and unable to do anything to take control of their lives and government. They turn to praying the Rosary asking the Blessed Mother to intercede in obtaining God's help. In 1955, without explanation, the Soviet army withdrew from Austria - their prayers for peace were answered.
How to pray the Rosary
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy! Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his Life, Death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech you, that we who meditate on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, may both imitate what the contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.