My Sweet Rib gave this necklace up some time ago. The Purging Lutheran believes it went to our church’s gararge sale. Maybe it went to Goodwill. Perhaps Our Marta owns it now, but I doubt it. What became of my memorical synapses? What do Fred, Sam and Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills say about ‘memory’?
“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”
“The one charm about the past is that it is the past.”
I’m okay if these apply to me.
MSR’s necklace reminds me of Catholic Rosary beads. What are Rosary beads? Wiki! What say you?
The Holy Rosary in the sense of “crown of roses” refers to a form of prayer used in the Catholic Church and to the string of knots or beads used to count the component prayers.
Oh, those Catholics! They have a reasonable way for helping its members remember their faith which in turns increases their faith. The Protestant Church don’t like nothin’ related to the Catholic Church so they abandoned the concept of Rosary beads. Fortunately, Martin Luther was not part of the Reformation which led to persecution of Catholics and burning down its cathedrals. Martin kept the good aspects of Catholicism as he saw them and didn’t abandon beads (as far as I know). There are Lutheran churches which promote and use prayer beads. Pivot Ministries (thx!) gives a short synopsis:
Many within the Lutheran Church encourages members to pray the rosary. Lutherans follow a similar format of the rosary as the Roman Catholics, but, pray the Rosary in an evangelical manner considered faithful to the Gospel as expressed by Lutherans.
The Lutheran Rosary is not prayed to Mary, but, does include prayers of praise regarding Mary that come from Scripture. These prayers offer appropriate devotion to the Mother of God.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.