These pearls are for you – The Beads of Christ is a gift from Bishop Martin Lönnebo. Within his Lutheran tradition, he developed an ecumenical rosary as a tool for prayer, teaching, creativity, meditation and discipleship. We hope people will carry the bracelet as a memory and reminder of the ecumenical meeting in Lund/Malmö, fall 2016 as his holiness the pope Franciskus does...
From North SWEDEN via Greece to today Martin Lönnebo was born in 1930, on a farm in Storkågeträsk in northern Sweden. After studies in both Stockholm and Uppsala, Lönnebo was ordained minister in the Church of Sweden. In 1980 he was elected bishop of Linköping diocese. At that point he had already become known for being dedicated and stubborn – and a strong environmental activist and spokesman for justice.
- After I retired in 1995 I felt a little lost, Martin says. What would I spend the rest of my earthly life doing? he continues.
This was his mood when he set out island hopping in Greece. During his travels in the archipelago he found himself caught in a storm. He realized that he would have to remain on the small island he was visiting as long as the storm was raging. Inspired by the rosaries worn and used by the men of the island, Martin begun to realize the idea he had carried for many years. Why not create a rosary for people of today? A useful tool to help people, both young and old, to stop a moment and delve deeper into their spiritual lives. A rosary to encourage meditation, prayer and reflection. The Beads of Christ, also known as the Pearls of Life, were born, eighteen beads – six oval ones and twelve round.
Bishop Martin Lönnebo’s contemporary rosary is spread all over Scandinavia and also in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and several English-speaking countries. To date, more than 1 million rosaries have been sold. Thus, the beads have become a central part of the spiritual landscape and religious education.
Verbum – the publishing house of the Church of Sweden is giving one rosary, the Beads of Christ to all foreign press at the ecumenical meeting.
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