Thanks for the responses. I think there is much more diversity with prayer beads though. Even Catholics have different variations of devotions that they use with the rosary beads. I mean, you have the Marian Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Rosary of Jesus. Even the Eastern Orthodox church has the Komboskni, which is made of 33 “bead-knots” for reciting the Jesus Prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
Surely you can’t have an issue with Anglicans or Lutherans using prayer beads in a contemplative prayer/devotion to Jesus? I don’t think that the use of prayer beads or Rosary beads that aren’t used as a Marian devotion should bother Catholics. Don’t you claim that the Rosary is a Chritsocentric devotion? In the end, if all of these methods of prayer are Christocentric, then what’s the big deal?
Also, I don’t think the prayers used with the Rosary beads or other prayer beads need to be so restrictive. If someone wants to replace the Hail Mary with the Jesus Prayer or an Our Father…I say let them. If it’s get someone focusing their prayer and focusing on God, then it sounds good to me.
Btw, I think the Rosary is beautiful…but I also think the other variations of prayer beads are too.
Peace and blessings,