Faith/Spirituality Forum: Sacrifice Beads
Sacrifice Beads QUESTION from Shirley O'Connor September 1, 2001 Peace and blessings to you in the Lord Jesus.
Could you please tell me what sacrifice beads are, the prayer(s) and the purpose of them.
I can't remember if I purchased them at the Martyr's Shrine in Midland Ontario or at the St. Anne Shrine in Cormac Ont. but at the time I sort of felt that I should have them.
Any info that you could give me would be most helpful.
In Christ Shirley O'Connor
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on August 29, 2001 Dear Mrs. O'Connor:
Sacrifice beads are a way to keep track of good works and sacrifices during the day. For example, a typical set of sacrifice beads may include a medal on one end followed by ten beads and a crucifix on the other end.
Then each time during the day you do something pleasing to God, a sacrifice or good deed, pull a bead toward the crucifix. If you do something not pleasing to God, pull a bead back towards the medal.
At the end of the day you can offer your collection of gifts to God (assuming that you had more pluses than minuses).
In my case, I might have all ten beads pulled toward the Crucifix of things I did pleasing to God during the day, but then I would have to pull them back toward the medal, plus add about 1000 beads to pull toward the medal for all the displeasing things I do per day.:-)
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