Repetition Prayers - Part 3

In a previous post (Repetition Prayers Part 1 & Part 2) I talked about how I was using a set of beads which centered on silence and how I fashioned a homemade set of beads. I have got a few emails since asking how I use them. I was reluctant at first to share as I felt that it would be best to let them become organic for people. However, due to the number of emails I received I felt it incumbent upon me to share my method, at least to give people a baseline. So here is a rough guide.

The Bind (The Knot): I usually begin with just a moment of silence. Then do the sequence once. After this an examination of conscience. Then another sequence. Then I do intercessions on each Bind.

For Lectio Divina I do a reading at the Bind and a sequence three times. Then I contemplate the reading followed by a sequence three times.

The Sequence

Alpha Bead (1st Bead): God some to my aid, Lord make haste to help me.

Trinity Beads (Group of Three Beads after 1st): 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.  x 3.

Omega Bead (Single Bead after Trinity Beads): Our Father. You could do a Hail Mary here also if you wish.

Sabbath Beads (7 Beads together): Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God, have Mercy on me a sinner. (This is The Jesus Prayer, a very ancient prayer found written about by the Desert Fathers dating back to the 5th Century)

Feel free to experiment and to include or replace these with your own favourite prayers. The important part of this is the Bind where most of the personal stuff happens.

Again, you don't need beads. A string with knots tied in them is perfectly acceptable. They key is to make it yours.

Please think of me in your intercessions. 


  1. and if you do it on one foot ,then rotate yourself 360 three times and then squat it will work much better ,this is pure madness

    Matthew 6:7

    King James Version (KJV)

    7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking

    1. Are not the Psalms 150 set prayers that we turn to on a regular basis. Did Jesus not pray the same prayer three times in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:39-44). Indeed Matthew 6 is key for prayer. In Mt. 6:1,5 we learn not to put on a show. 6:2-4 tells us don't seek praise. 6:6 reminds us to keep it private and 6:7 (an often misunderstood and misquoted verse) tells us essentially to keep it real and honest. The key word here is "vain" (KJV), "empty" (ESV), "meaningless" (GNB & ISV) repetitions or phrases. This refers primarily to the Greek and Roman practice of repeating their god's names over and over in the hope of appeasing their gods (cf. 1 Kg 18:26, Acts 19:34). For Jesus this was empty practice. Prayer for Jesus is to be authentic and from the heart.

      What I am proposing here is not a form of incantation but a form of prayer that encourages stillness of heart, calmness of mind that allows the Spirit to take control because "the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, since we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words" (Rom 8:26 ISV)

  2. ok listen Gandalf ,this is not anything like prayer ,it is an attempt at incantation ,do you think you can summon God like some sort of demon to do your bidding ,why not go and buy a lamp and give it a good rub ,it would serve exactly the same purpose

    1. May God bless you in abundance also

  3. Let us just pretend everything you said was right I refer now to the word "vein" as in meaningless

    "You could do a Hail Mary here also if you wish."

    that my friend would not just be meaningless but also blasphemy in regard to the verse from Matthew 6 ,the part about private seems to be something you preach but not practice as you have often written prayers here on a public forum ,how you would attempt to justify that would be very interesting indeed .However the idea that a certain ritual ,a certain combination of prayers ,a certain type of mantra that we do has any benefit at all ,that is exactly what Christ preached against

    Matthew 6:5-15
    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, ***(or on their blogs)that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

    now did I miss the bit where Christ told anyone to tie knots in a string or use beads ,oh wait that was Hinduism and any brief research will show you that pagan Hindu cults had beads long before the time of Christ ,and if Christ was talking about not praying like heathens we can be sure He knew about their beads and repetitive prayer rituals

    1. No but you missed the bit about how the Angel Gabriel addressed Mary in Luke 1:28 when he came to announce the news of the conception of Jesus to her. He said "Hail (Mary) full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed are you among women". You also missed the bit where Elizabeth on hearing of the arrival of Mary was moved by the Holy Spirit "and said in a loud voice, "You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear!" (Luke 1:42 GNB).

      Christ didn't tell us to do a whole lot of stuff yet we do it any way in his honour. Praise be the Lord.

  4. It would take an amazing ability in mental gymnastics to develop dogmatic doctrine from a simple greeting ,what you are attempting to suggest is that because the angel greeted Mary as he did ,she is now endowed with a divine attribute exclusive to God Himself ,because to be able to hear and respond to the prayers of the saints all over this world would require that she has become omnipresent .This is the very essence of blasphemy ,Muslims call it shirk ,when you give to someone that which belongs to God alone .Praying is an act of worship and God is a jealous God who said Himself

    Isaiah 42;8

    "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols"

    If Mary helps people she would be rightly worthy of some of that glory ,and even so there would be never a need to invoke Mary at any point as the scripture is clear

    Hebrews 7;24

    "but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely[c] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them"

    Romans 8;34

    "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

    1 Timothy 2:5-6
    " For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus"

    Ephesians 3;8-13

    "Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. ********************************** In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

    as the often quoted verse states "God gave his only son ,that all who believe in him shall not perish"

    one of us believes in Him the majesty of creation ,the maker of all that is seen and unseen ,the one who suffered humiliation and went willingly to the cross for those who he loved ,the other believes in a human being ,who has no more authority than anyone else and is nowhere in scripture pointed to as someone who makes intercession or has omnipresence ,that is something you have had to make up ,and if that is your logic ,I can by the same logic say that anyone who disagrees with me is a demon spreading lies and it would be so.

    1. The Hail Mary does not attribute any divinity to Mary . It gives honour to Mary.