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.
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.