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These Lutheran prayer beads are called Pearls of Christ or Wreath of Christ.

They are composed of 18 beads placed in a certain order to create a unique set of Lutheran prayer beads.

These beads are hand-wired using silver-toned stainless steel metal eye pins.

The Wreath of Christ (Swedish: Frälsarkransen, Danish and Norwegian: Kristuskransen), also known as the Pearls of Life are a set of prayer beads developed in 1995 by Swedish Evangelical Lutheran bishop emeritus Martin Lönnebo. They are an often used devotion in the Lutheran Church.
Bishop Lönnebo was stranded on an island in Greece for several days because of a storm. When he saw the Greek fishermen with their kombologia (which are in fact worry beads that have no religious or spiritual function), he was inspired to create the Wreath of Christ. He first developed, on paper, a set of prayer beads where he gave all the pearls a specific meaning. After the return home to Sweden, he made the actual pearl ribbon, based on his sketches and started using it in his prayers. The devotion began to spread rapidly in Sweden and to other Lutheran countries.
The Wreath of Christ is a kind of simplified non-denominational rosary, with each of the 18 pearls carrying a specific meaning, a question of life, a thought, or a prayer. There are no prayer formulations, as a user may meditate or say a prayer on each bead.

The order starts at the golden "God" bead and goes counter-clockwise. In this order, the pearls symbolize the course of life and also represent a catechism.

The bead of God
The bead of Silence
The I bead
The bead of Baptism
The bead of Silence
The Desert bead
The bead of Silence
The Carefree bead
The bead of Silence
Two beads of Love
Three beads of Secret
The bead of Darkness
The bead of Silence
The bead of Resurrection
The bead of Silence

This set has the following make-up:

The God bead is a 10mm gold glass pearl bead.

The six Silent or Silence beads are rectangular clear glass beads.

The White Resurrection bead is an 8mm glass pearl.

The Black Darkness bead is an 8mm black matte glass pearl.

The three Secret white beads are 6mm glass pearl beads.

NOTE...I have seen these prayer beads made with both white and green beads.

Two red Love beads are 8mm red satin matte glass pearls.

The Carefree Blue bead is an 8mm blue rubberized glass bead.

The brown Desert bead is an 8mm milky glass bead.

The white Baptism bead is an 8mm satin-matte glass pearl bead.

The small I bead is a 4mm white glass pearl.

These prayer beads can be made in a loop or as a straight set of beads with a cross or crucifix on one end.

There are several different variations I have seen for examples of prayers you can do with these prayer beads.

How to pray:

Take the Wreath of Christ in your hands. Think, say, feel, have the courage to believe: I am here, God is present, it is totally quiet.

Take the golden God bead between your fingers and say the prayer that belongs with it. Move on to the first colorless Silence bead. Say the prayer associated with it.

Then you may either go through all the beads or select the beads that you at that moment feel important. Finish your prayer with Aaron´s blessing at the last Silence bead and Lord´s prayer at the God bead.

You can also say Lord’s prayer using the round beads on the string and Aaron’s blessing using the six beads of silence. "The Wreath of Christ", Pearls of Life make no demands - it is there for you when you need it. This page has a photo of the Wreath of Christ with prayers. Each bead is clickable and has info as well as a suggested prayer. This page has how to use the beads to say the Lord's prayer. This page has how to use the beads to say Aaron's Blessing.

Info was taken from Wikipedia and

All prayer beads will come in a small organza bag for safe storage.

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