The corn bead plant (also known as Job's tears) is related to corn. It is a very easy plant to grow. The seed has a hole through the center, and it has been called Nature's own bead. During the winter of 1838-1839, the Cherokee people were rounded up by the U.S. government and driven along the Trail of Tears to an unknown land far away. Along the trail the people wept tears of grief. According to legend, wherever a tear fell a plant sprang up.The plant, of course, was the corn bead plant. The beads, which are gray, the color of grief, are still made into jewelry today in memory of the ordeal of the Trail Where They Cried.
I have began to use the Corn beads in the making of rosaries,because it brings together my heritage of being Cherokee and my faith of being Catholic. I love to pray using my corn beads,because it brings me closer to the Great Spirit and to my Lord. I would encourage anyone who has Native American Heritage and is Catholic to get one and use it! It was given to me by our Lady of the Nations,and through this I have come to a better understanding of the rosary.
I sell rosaries on ebay, and would not mind you looking at them there. The picture that is present is the same one that you will get with a few exceptions being the color of the cross (the stones come in different colors and I will pray about the color I use at the time of making each rosary) and the center beads where the wood is (I will use wood or some natural bead). The Rosaries are made for both males and females, and can be given as special gifts to your loved ones. For each rosary I make, I pray the rosary while making it, thus several prayers have already been said for the one who is to receive the rosary.
For those who would like to try and make their own, below is the instructions of how I was told to make the rosary by Our Lady of the Nations. I do not wish to make a profit from anyone, but instead spread her plan to all who wish to have the rosary she has asked me to make.
Supplies that you will need:
3-in-1 tool that you can buy from Walmarts in the beading section
20 gage wire (I have tried both the 24 and the 18, but have been pleased with the 20)
52 jobs tears, Corn beads, or Marys tears
7 wooden beads
A cross or Cruxifix of your desire ( I chose to use the stone because it represents that Jesus is our Cornerstone of our Faith and without him we are nothing)
A Rosary Center piece
Using the 3-in-1 tool, cut some of the 20 gage wire. Not too long and not too short. Remember: You need to make the wire easy to handle for the one who is handeling the wire.
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