Wreath of Christ

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The Wreath of Christ, also known as the Pearls of Life, is a pearl ribbon developed in 1995 by the Swedish, Evangelic-Lutheran bishop emeritus Martin Lönnebo.[1] They are a often used devotion in the Lutheran Church.[2] The Wreath of Christ is a kind of simplified Rosary, with a prayer attached with each bead. Each pearl symbolize something, starting with the biggest golden pearl, the symbol for God himself.

A Wreath of Christ


Bishop Lönnebo was stuck in on a Greek island for several days, because of storm.[1] When he saw the Greek fishermen with their kombologia, he got the idea to make the wreath of Christ. He first developed, on paper, a ribbon of pearls where he gave all the pearls a specific meaning. After the return home to Sweden, he made a real pearl ribbon, based on his sketches. Then, he started using it in his prayers. The development was spread rapidly in Sweden and then further to other Lutheran countries.

The Pearls[edit]

The wreath consists of 18 pearls, each with a specific meaning, a question of life, a thought, or a prayer. There are no prayer formulations. By each pearl, one meditate or pray a prayer.

Schematic Presentation of the Wreath of Christ[edit]

  1. The bead of God
  2. The bead of Silence
  3. The I-bead
  4. The bead of Baptism
  5. The Desert bead
  6. The Carefree bead
  7. The bead of Love
  8. The bead of Secret
  9. The bead of Darkness
  10. The bead of Resurrection

The order starts at the golden bead and goes counter-clockwise.

  1. The bead of God
  2. The bead of Silence
  3. The I-bead
  4. The bead of Baptism
  5. The bead of Silence
  6. The Desert bead
  7. The bead of Silence
  8. The Carefree bead
  9. The bead of Silence
  10. Two beads of Love
  11. Three beads of Secret
  12. The bead of Darkness
  13. The bead of Silence
  14. The bead of Resurrection
  15. The bead of Silence

In this order, the pearls symbolize the way of life. They also represent a catechism.


  1. ^ a b "Ett armband har blivit en trädgård". Ett armband har blivit en trädgård. Svenska Kyrkan. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Johann G. Roten, S.M. "Lutheran rosary" (in English). University of Dayton. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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