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Anglican Rosary Prayer Beads
Sample Prayer Formats to use with Anglican Prayer Beads


Symbolism of the Beads + Praying With the Beads + Serenity Prayer + Eucharist Prayer
A Traditional Prayer + Christ the Sower Prayer + Penitential Prayer


SYMBOLISM OF THE BEADS

The configuration of the Anglican Prayer Beads relate contemplative prayer to many levels of traditional Christian symbolism. Contemplative prayer is enriched by these symbols whose purpose is to focus and concentrate attention, allowing the one who prays to move more swiftly into the Presence of God.

The prayer beads are made up of twenty-eight beads divided into four groups of seven called weeks. In the Judeo-Christian tradition the number seven represents spiritual perfection and completion. Between each week is a single bead, called a cruciform bead as the four beads form a cross. The invitatory bead between the cross and the wheel of beads brings the total to thirty-three, the number of years in Jesusí earthly life.


PRAYING WITH THE BEADS

To begin, hold the Cross and say the prayer you have assigned to it, then move to the Invitatory Bead. Then enter the circle of the prayer with the first Cruciform Bead, moving to the right, go through the first set of seven beads to the next Cruciform bead, continuing around the circle, saying the prayers for each bead.

It is suggested that you pray around the circle of the beads three times (which signifies the Trinity) in an unhurried pace, allowing the repetition to become a sort of lullaby of love and praise that enables your mind to rest and your heart to become quiet and still. When you are ready to exit the beads, you may say a different prayer on the last cruciform with concluding prayers on the invitatory (dismissal) bead and the Cross.

A period of silence should follow the prayer, for a time of reflection and listening. Listening is an important part of all prayer.

Begin praying the Anglican Prayer Beads by selecting the prayers you wish to use for the cross and each bead. Practice them until it is clear which prayer goes with which bead, and as far as possible commit the prayers to memory.

Find a quiet spot and allow your body and mind to become restful and still. After a time of silence, begin praying the prayer beads at an unhurried, intentional pace. Complete the circle of the beads three times and end with a period of silence. This silence allows you to center your being in an extended period of silence. It also invites reflection and listening after you have invoked the Name and Presence of God.

One of the features of the anglican rosary that makes it so attractive is the fact that you can develop your own prayer format selecting prayers and/or passages that have particular meaning to you or your situation. There are several sample formats available on the Internet for Anglican prayer beads, but the following have been developed by members of the Community of Christ the Sower or Shepherd of the Woods Church.


Christ and the Disciples

A TRADITIONAL PRAYER

The Cross
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

The Invitatory Bead
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Cruciform Beads (The Lordís Prayer)
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

The Week Beads (The Jesus Prayer)
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

The Last Cruciform Bead
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord life up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.

The Dismissal Bead
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Cross
The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.


Nativity Scene

A SERENITY PRAYER

The Cross
God take and receive my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my will.

The Invitatory Bead
All that I am and all that I have you have given me.

The Cruciform Beads (The Lordís Prayer)
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

The Week Beads
God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

The Last Cruciform Bead
Let me live one day at a time and enjoy one moment at a time.

The Dismissal Bead
Let me accept hardships as the pathway to peace taking this world as it is, not as I would have it.

The Cross
Let me trust that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will. Amen.


This is my Body

A EUCHARIST PRAYER

The Cross
Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen

The Invitatory Bead
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires, known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Cruciform Beads (The Lordís Prayer)
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

The Week Beads
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
or
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
[Hosanna in the highest.]

The Last Cruciform Bead
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Dismissal Bead
The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
And the blessing of God Almighty; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

The Cross
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Christ the Sower Header

CHRIST THE SOWER PRAYER II

The Cross (The Lord's Prayer)
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

The Invitatory Bead (Matthew 6:26)
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they?

The Cruciform Beads (Psalm 126)
1979 Book of Common Prayer version
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
For they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev.
Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

King James Bible version
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laugher, and our tongue with singing:
then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves.

The Week Beads (Hosea 10:12)
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

The Last Cruciform Bead
And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

The Dismissal Bead
Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things honest, whatsoever things pure, whatsoever things lovely, whatsoever things of good report; if any virtue, and if any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

The Cross
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


St. Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross

PENITENTIAL PRAYER

The Cross
Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins;
His mercy endureth for ever. Amen

The Invitatory Bead
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:
That shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, [and with all thy strength - Deut. 6:5]. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

First Cruciform Bead
Recount and confess sins pertaining to sins of the heart.
Have you experienced feelings of anger, hurt, frustration, jealousy, envy or anxiety?

The Week Beads (The Jesus Prayer)
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
or
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the Righteous. (I John 2:1)

Second Cruciform Bead
Recount and confess sins pertaining to sins of the soul.
Have you spent time in daily prayer? Have you been faithful in reading God's Word? Have you attended church weekly? Have you made your church family an integral part of your life? Have you been generous with your time in assisting others?

Third Cruciform Bead
Recount and confess sins pertaining to sins of the mind.
Have you been diligent in your job or your studies? Has your language been clean?

Fourth Cruciform Bead
Recount and confess sins pertaining to sins of the body.
Have you treated your body as the temple of God? Have you eaten sparingly of nutritious foods that enable you to reach and maintain a healthy weight and sound body? Have you been giving your body enough rest? Have you kept your muscles fit and toned through exercise and activity? Have you kept your body pure from fleshly indulgences?

The Last Cruciform Bead
Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Dismissal Bead
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Cross
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



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