We are now approaching that time of year when many young Catholics will be receiving our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for the very first time. What a beautiful time it is! Our Church family comes together to celebrate with the joyful First Communicants, oftentimes presenting them with gifts to help them remember their special day. Here at Benedict’s Beads, we’ve worked on many beautiful rosaries that our customers received at their First Holy Communion, some rosaries having even been passed down from generation to generation. We believe that a beautiful, high-quality rosary is the perfect First Communion gift. As Mary is present at every celebration of the Eucharist, is it not fitting to also call to mind our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament when praying to His mother in the rosary? What better way to do this than to pray with the rosary that was given to you on the day that you first received Jesus in the Eucharist? We offer stunning First Communion ladder rosaries that are guaranteed to last a lifetime of prayerful use. Why not make your loved-one’s First Communion even more memorable by gifting them with a Benedict’s Beads First Communion rosary?
We are now offering First Communion Rosaries for that special first communicant in your life. Rosaries are excellent First Communion gifts because as the child begins to dive deeper into their faith, the Rosary is an excellent devotion to return to. You can find our First Communion rosaries under our new Seasonal Collection tab, including a special order form that can allow you to buy up to 20 rosaries at a time if you’re looking to buy for an entire class.
We are now offering our new Seasonal Collection, with rosaries for every season and the special occasions within the liturgical year! Do you have a particular devotion to the season of Lent or absolutely love Christmastime? You can now choose from rosaries with colors, crucifixes and medals that can help you dive more deeply into the spirit of these seasons! Also check out our selection of beautiful First Communion rosaries – a great gift for your First Communicant or for someone with a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Check back in time for new additions!
Starting new this year we will be offering rare, one-of-a-kind special edition rosaries on our Etsy store. These will be made from the stunning and unique beads that we have received from donations or that we have picked up when we’ve spent a little too much time in the craft store! From shimmering Czech glass to lustrous freshwater pearls, you never know what amazing finds we’ll have to offer. Due to the rarity of these beads, only a couple rosaries will be offered in these styles, so don’t miss out! Be sure to favorite our Etsy page to stay up to date on our latest special edition rosaries. And don’t forget to check back to our website to see our classic collections, with new items being added frequently!
I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was about to hire a new employee- a first in the history of Benedict’s Beads. Meet Ciera, from Philothea Surrendered. Ciera is a senior at Benedictine College and a close friend of mine. I have long been impressed with her rosary work and, as I continued to expand the business after leaving the monastery, decided to take her on as an employee. We decided to ask Ciera some questions so that you can get to know her better.
Why do you like making rosaries?
I love working with my hands on various crafts, and, of these, beading is my longest-lasting serious hobby (having started when I was in the 5th grade). The reason I like making rosaries in particular is that it allows me to incorporate my faith – particularly my love for the Blessed Mother – into my work, allowing it to glorify God in a beautiful way, as well to help others to draw closer to Christ through their use of my rosaries.
What was the first rosary you’ve ever made?
The first rosary that I made was made of blue-green and yellow glass beads strung and knotted onto a brown leather cord (which, after having gone through the laundry a couple times, was quickly replaced with wire). That was back when I was in junior high school! The next time that I would make a beaded rosary would not be until I encountered Benedict’s Beads during my freshman year of college. Now it seems like I always have an excuse to make a new rosary – I just can’t seem to stop!
What’s your favorite rosary to have made so far?
My favorite rosary that I have “made” up to this point is actually one that I hadn’t designed myself, but one that I had repaired, as the situation was such a personal one. Long story short, I had forgotten my First Communion rosary in the pocket of my school uniform, it went through the wash, and the Hail Mary beads were completely stripped of their pearlescent paint. After many months of debate with myself, I made up my mind to replace the damaged beads, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. The rosary that had meant so much to me and that I thought was past the point of use looked better than ever before!
What excites you about working for Benedict’s Beads?
The fact that I get to make beautiful rosaries for people on a daily basis is probably one of the most exciting aspects of being a part of Benedict’s Beads. Ever since I learned about this company, I wanted to, in some way, be involved. At the time, Benedict’s Beads was restricted to monks-only, which makes me all the more grateful now that I do have the ability to be a part of its ministry.
Why is the rosary important to you?
Aside from being my favorite devotion, the rosary – to me – is a profound way for me to grow in my relationship with Momma Mary and her Son. It’s repetition of prayers has a soothing effect when I have the need to unwind, and at times it can become very intimate, as there is no bottom to the depths of the mysteries that are meditated on. The rosary also has a unique way of unifying those who pray it together – some of my deepest friendships have been formed around praying the rosary together on an at least weekly basis. And then there’s just the fact that holding the beads during prayer is something quite comforting – almost like one is holding on to Momma Mary’s hand while talking to her about your life.
How would you describe your relationship with the Blessed Virgin?
My relationship with Momma Mary easily be described as that between a mother and daughter, especially in light of making my Total Consecration three years ago. She has very much been a mother to me in my spiritual life, guiding and supporting me when I need her, rejoicing with me in the good times, and – of course – being extremely patient with me in my stubborn moments! She has shown me that I can trust her with a childlike trust in everything that arises on my journey toward her Son.
Do you have any good rosary stories?
I do have one story that comes to mind, but is probably more ironic than anything else! It is also my first full memory in relation to my Catholic faith. I was probably five at the time – give or take a year – and I think I had just got a new rosary bracelet and a picture book on how to pray the rosary from our local Catholic store. I wanted to use my new items, so I asked my mom to teach me how to pray the rosary. We sat down on our living room rug and she began to walk me through praying with the book. Well, as you can imagine, the repetition soon became boring for my little five-year-old mind, and when my mom read yet again “Pray 10 Hail Mary’s,” I let out (jokingly) an exasperated sigh “Again?” I thought I was being funny, but my mom was not amused. If only we both knew just how significant the rosary would become later in my life! Now I can only thank both my biological and my spiritual moms for their patience with their little girl as she slowly grew in maturity of faith!
We welcome Ciera to Benedict’s Beads!
1. We’re now an LLC!
At the end of January, I registered Benedict’s Beads as an official Single-member Limited Liability Company, giving Benedict’s Beads the ability to have its own bank accounts and hire employees. I am very excited for the direction that this business is headed. I didn’t think when I started this business 6 years ago that I would ever reach this step. It’s a very exciting but busy time for Benedict’s Beads!
2. We’ve revamped the Rosary Studio
With a new business came the need for a better and more spacious work space. So after a couple of trips to Ikea, I was able to get most of the furniture needed. Tables, cabinets, and other storage helps to ensure that Benedict’s Beads is able to run quickly and efficiently.
3. We’re adding to our Etsy Store
Up until a few weeks ago, our Etsy store was not worth looking at, but I’ve now added a large number of new listings and will continue to add more as time goes on. If you enjoy shopping on Etsy, you will find most of our pre-designed rosaries and chaplets, as well as ready to order rosaries there. We’ve also added the storefront to our Facebook page. You can see our etsy store by clicking here.
4. We’ve added new forms to the website
We’ve now updated our ordering forms for Ladderizations and Tenner Rosaries so that you can now order these directly without having to contact us. We will continue to add new ordering forms for the rest of the rosaries and chaplets in the coming month.
5. We’re about to hire a new employee!
With the increase in business and marketing (not to mention the large influx of rosary repair requests and orders), we are going to be hiring a new employee. We will be introducing her at a later time. Check back in the next couple of weeks for news!
You can now purchase rosary bracelets by going to our drop down tab under Rosaries and selecting rosary bracelets. Additionally, we now have an Etsy store as well, though it is in its infancy. You can visit the store at www.etsy.com/shop/benedictsbeads. We hope you enjoy your shopping experience, and please keep us updated on any bugs you may encounter. We hope to make it as smooth as possible.
As you know, we’re in a major transition and trying to get our business back up and running. I am pleased to let you know that we now have payment forms up for three types of rosaries- Build A Rosary, Mini-Rosaries, and Wedding Rosaries. Please visit these pages to place your order for these type of rosaries. I am also happy to say that for these forms, you can now order up to 3 rosaries at a time through the same form. We are working on getting the other forms up too and we ask for you patience as these come about. Please, if you would like to order a rosary for a form that is not already up, contact us at email@example.com.
To make it easier for those who don’t know the prices, we have set up a page simply listing the prices of our rosaries which can be found here.
To my esteemed customers,
As I have posted on my other blog, The Slave of the Immaculate, I have requested a dispensation from my vows and will be returning to lay life.
This, of course, has implications for Benedict’s Beads. As some of you may know, I brought this rosary business to St. Benedict’s Abbey as Mediatrix Rosaries and rechristened it Benedict’s Beads. The Abbey has graciously agreed to let me keep the business and the name, since I was the only monk to make and sell the rosaries. You can therefore be assured of the same quality of craftsmanship and care for any rosaries sold as well as a commitment to excellence in all things for the glory of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Benedict.
The Abbey has agreed to allow me to offer the Abbey rosary, with an exciting new centerpiece that I will unveil soon. A percentage of the proceeds from the Abbey Rosary will go to support St. Benedict’s Abbey. I will let you all know details as I discuss them with Fr. Maurice, the business manager.
I will be updating the website to reflect the new changes and, once I have registered the business with the state, will resume full, uninterrupted business. I appreciate your patience. I am still accepting timely orders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate if you need a rosary soon!
Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this new step of my life and sort out all the details of this transition.
In Christ through Mary,
Br. Benedict Mary, soon to be Brad, Geist
Due to the great generosity of so many Benedict’s Beads has had a flood of orders coming in and, since this rosary business is run by one monk, Br. Benedict is snowed under. He has decided for the next few weeks, to suspend the order pages until he can catch up. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause. If you have an order that is pressing, please email email@example.com.