Anglican prayer beads: A Lenten litany

Do you use prayer beads, or an Anglican rosary? Those strings of 28 beads divided into 4 weeks with a pause of a different shape or colour in between? Entering and exiting through the cross and the invitatory bead? Here’s what I mean:

A couple of weeks ago, during our Lenten sabbath time, some parishioners and I spent some time praying with our beads, and making some new strings to take away and pray/play with or to give away.

Usually, to pray the Anglican rosary, one enters through the cross, says an invitatory prayer or sentence at, well, the invitatory bead, then proceeds into the circle, saying three times the same combination of prayers on the 28 beads, punctuated by the same four prayers at the four points of the circle (I know that’s geometrically impossible, but it sort of makes sense …: )

For Advent, I put together a litany of three rosaries, but it was a little too long for our sabbath hour, saying all three thrice, so this time, for Lent, especially as we wanted to have time for our arts and crafts session, too, I divided the rosary into three rounds and we said the whole litany in one go.

Here is a Lenten litany if you would like to use it with your own Anglican rosary or prayer beads. The words all come from either the Book of Common Prayer or the Stations of the Cross in the Book of Occasional Services:

A Lenten prayer cycle

I

 Cross:    Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

Invitatory:   God’s mercy endures for ever.

 

Weeks:   Your merciful promise is beyond all measure.

Days:   You have promised forgiveness to sinners.

 II

Weeks:   You, O Lord, are the God of those who repent.

Days:   Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.

III

 Weeks:   Show us the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Days:   Restore us, O Lord God of hosts.

Closing invitatory:   The Lord’s Prayer

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

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2 Responses to Anglican prayer beads: A Lenten litany

  1. Rhiannon says:

    My Anglican Rosary Prayers based on 2003 BCP Reformed Episcopal-Holy Communion

    Cross – COLLECT FOR PURITY
    1st bead – Summary of the Law
    2nd bead – Collect: O Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Medal – Nicene Creed
    Weeks – Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner – and if any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He is the propitiation for our sins.
    Cruciform – Trisagion
    Medal – GENERAL CONFESSION
    2nd bead – Our Father
    1st bead – PRAYER OF OBLATION: O Lord and heavenly Father; we thy humble servants earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all partakers of the Holy Communion, may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us and we in him. And although we are unworthy through our manifold sins, of offer unto thee any sacrifice yet we beseech thee to accept those our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
    Or
    1st bead – GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
    Cross – Blessing: The peace of God, which passeth all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
    Cruciform meditations: Sins or Mysteries

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