I made this with Crimson Red variegated twine, and finished it with a San Damiano crucifix and Sacred Heart medal. As for the amount of twine used, I don't remember for sure 'cause it's been awhile. (Sorry!) I can say that it was significantly less than the usual 19-1/2 to 20 feet needed for a standard 5-decade Rosary, though.
One of my Franciscan sisters introduced me to this wonderful Chaplet, and I love it for its power-packed brevity. When I'm tired and cranky and don't have the energy for much else, I can pray this Chaplet, and I'm instantly immersed in Christ's all-encompassing love. It's kinda' like the spiritual equivalent of a pep pill, or caffeine rush.
The chaplet is composed of 39 beads (or knots, in this case) -- 6 of which are large, and 33 small -- a centerpiece, crucifix, and a Sacred Heart medal. The small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 call to mind the years of his private life and are divided into 5 groups of 6. The 3 near the crucifix recall his public life.
As with the Franciscan Crown, I've seen many slight variations on this Chaplet, so the following is just one way you can pray it.
- To Start: On the crucifix, pray the Anima Christi:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
And close to Thee bid me.
That with Thy saints I may be
Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.
- On the small beads say:
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
- On the large beads say:
O Sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore
that I may ever love thee more and more.
- After each grouping, say:
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
- To End: Finish on the centerpiece and pray:
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament
be praised and adored and loved with grateful affection,
at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world,
even to the end of time. Amen.
I did a quick search and found some resources on devotion to the Sacred Heart for further reading:
- Catholic Culture: Doctrinal Foundation of Devotion to the Sacred Heart
- Community of The Monks of Adoration: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: The Early Church, Middle Ages up to St. Margaret Mary
- New Advent: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus