ONE EPISCOPALIAN'S ROSARY

A quartz bead rosary

Glenwood T. Davis
written for his daughter
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A Foreword.

For an Anglican or a Protestant Christian to pray the rosary is rather different than the traditional Roman Catholic idea of it. The similarities are obvious, the use of beads, the set formulae of ten prayers for each of the mysteries of the Faith that are to be recalled, and the desire for St. Mary the Virgin to teach us to meditate upon our Savior. But then the similarities stop.

When I say the rosary or think the rosary, I am not necessarily praying, but rather, I am meditating and interweaving prayer thoughts here and there. It would suffice to pray the Lord's Prayer once and have done with it in faith, if this were simply a prayer. With the exceptions of the prayers that I have composed for the beginning of each mystery, I am more properly preparing to pray; peacefully stepping into an atmosphere of prayer, and, not least of all, I am meditating upon the holy life of Christ. St. Mary plays a part in many of these meditations in that I may see in her what St. Luke and St. Matthew saw in her; the bearer of the God-Man, the Christ.

I do not repeat the prayer formulae out of some vain desire to overwhelm the Lord with repetitious prayers. Insofar as I repeat the formulae, I must consciously endeavor to avoid vain repetition and to follow after a reverential repetition. The repetition is both a breaking down of the natural hardness of our mortal and sinful hearts toward things divine, and a background melody upon which our devout reveries may rest and come to life in our minds, and hopefully, in our hearts.

I am reluctant to ever say that a certain number of rosaries prayed will obtain such and such a grace or favor. After all, the Lord alone would know the validity of any such an idea. If I do not say the rosary simply, because my own heart needs to be conditioned for a heavenly walk on earth, and because I want to be able to pray fervently at the end of this holy exercise, I must surely guard against saying the rosary in some less than Christian fashion.

But say it I do, for I should! If the lives of so many saintly people were what they were, in part, because they meditated, and if many of them meditated by this method, what excuse has a sinner for not emulating a spiritually healthful practice?

As an Anglican I am sparing with my invocations of St. Mary's prayer-help, for I will not knowingly embarrass her with prayers that are more properly meant for the Lord. She prays with us, all of the blessed departed pray with us, since it is true that they are alive unto Christ. At the same time, we are also alive unto Christ. The Hail Mary's are really invocations for her prayers and not all that different from invocations found throughout the Bible for the angels to praise and adore God, or to assist God's servants. And, when you seriously consider it, what warrant have we to not "pray for one another", when we are directly commanded to do so in Scripture? I can't imagine that those who are with Christ in paradise are excluded in this praying for us down here.

Of course we must bear in mind that one Hail Mary would suffice. The many of them that we say are not, strictly speaking, additional invocations, but spoken meditations upon her holy and obedient life; this first of humanity to believe in Christ. How very fitting, when we consider the many unthinking and unkind things we habitually repeat in the course of a day with this same mouth. Let this mouth, and the intellect that directs it, be engaged in a vast multiplication of holy sentiments, particularly at this most healthful exercise of saying a rosary.

I use an Anglican form of that invocation: Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Son of Mary, Son of the Living God, have mercy upon us sinners now, and at the hour of our deaths. Amen.

You must not think that by this seeming modification of the rosary as it has been traditionally said, I have any less honor and esteem for the dear mother of our Lord. I believe that my approach is more scriptural, and that, even though I think there is much good to the apparitions of Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, etc., I cannot view what she seems to have said and done in these marvelous places in any way that would magnify the Lady, a holy creature, above her Son and Savior, God the Son and our Holy Creator. I pray the rosary with zeal, because she seems to be appearing to warn us of God's coming wrath, to plead for us to come to Christ. I pray it with an Anglican's respectful reserve because no matter what others may claim for St. Mary, Christ alone is our Savior, and nothing I could possibly add to my deep respect for St. Mary could outdo what she has told us God has done for her in the Magnificat. (St. Luke 1: 46-55).

A form of the Rosary adapting an Anglican approach to the prayerful
meditations upon the Virgin St. Mary's devotion to her son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Preface Prayers:

1) With the cross, make the sign of the cross, saying,


In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
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Afterward be silent for a moment following this with a prayerful recitation of the Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saint, the Forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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2) Upon the first bead thoughtfully pray the Lord's Prayer, pausing after each phrase to consider what you have just spoken to our Lord:

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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, For ever and ever. Amen.

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3,4,5) Upon the remaining three beads invoke St. Mary's prayers for you (you are not praying to her, rather you are asking her prayers, i.e., "Pray ye one for another.")

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Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Son of Mary, Son of the Living God, have mercy upon us sinners now, and at the hour of our deaths. Amen.

[Herein you have asked St. Mary to accompany your thoughts upon the beloved life of our Savior, and her Savior. You have asked that perhaps even glimpses of how she saw Him as she "pondered these things in her heart" might be granted by the Holy Spirit. Your are asking her to be your prayer-partner and to pray with you and for you that you might love and follow her Son and her Savior as you ought to love and follow Him. You have called her "Mother of God" only in that orthodox sense that Christ was both truly God and truly Man at the same time and thus the child she bore was the God-Man.

We now begin the body proper of the rosary. The Lord has cautioned us against praying in vain repetitions. In so far as you make any of what follows a prayer, work that the repetitions may be reverent ones and not vain! You ought not rush through this spiritual exercise and recall at its recitation that you are doing a prayerful thing rather than, strictly speaking, praying. Let your repetitions be of the nature of a child exclaiming love for her Father. If your mind wanders from the actual saying of the prayers and invocations, then let your mind be found in some healthful reverie of the scenes that unfold before you. Let, above all else, this be a recollection of the Gospels.]

6) Upon each chain prior to a set of beads first praise the Most Blessed Trinity and then pray the prayer of the little shepherds of Fatima that follows the Glory Be To the Father proclamation:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

7) On the first bead preceding each group of the ten following beads first announce the mystery, then pray the Lord's Prayer followed by the prayer written for that particular mystery. As you meditate upon that mystery say the ten Anglican versions of the Hail Mary that follow, then commence again on the next chain the pattern already presented:

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The First Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(St. Luke 1:28)
The Archangel Gabriel announces to St. Mary the Virgin that God is filling her with grace and she shall, as an holy virgin, bring forth the Savior of the world. (Be inwardly quiet for a moment.)

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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, For ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer of the First Holy Mystery:
Lord, grant me that same precious humility granted unto Christ's mother at the word of the angel Gabriel and ready me this day to happily do Thy will as I find it in the Holy Gospels. Amen.

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Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Son of Mary, Son of the Living God, have mercy upon us sinners now,
and at the hour of our deaths. Amen.


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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

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The Second Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Luke 1:41)
St. Mary, being informed by the Archangel Gabriel that her cousin St. Elizabeth is with child, though past her childbearing years, travels north to greet Elizabeth and rejoice with her. When the Virgin comes to that home her cousin embraces her and tells her that the child in her womb leapt in her that he might worship the Christ that Mary is carrying within herself. Mary sings, "My heart doth magnify my Lord ... ..."


Our Father

A Prayer of the Second Holy Mystery:
Grant also unto me, my Lord, that with St. Mary of old I may hasten to love others and rejoice always with them in their happiness; weep always with them in their pain. Particularly Lord do I pray to be used by Thee this very day to bring Thy light most sublime to all those I greet, to all those with whom I may work, and especially to my own precious family. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

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The Third Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Luke 2:7) The birth of Christ at Bethlehem and all the wondrous things that happened that first Christmas!

Our Father

A Prayer of the third Holy Mystery:
Dearest Savior, Thou didst come to embrace the poverty of the poor and to deliver us all from sin, greed, and envy. Thou hast blessed us with much. Thou dost provide for our tables. But never let us forget the poor, for Thou wast poor and had not where to rest Thy head. Give unto me this day the gift of compassion. Amen.


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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
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The Fourth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Luke 2: 22-28)
St. Mary and St. Joseph present the Christ child at the great Temple in Jerusalem, as is the law of the ancient Hebrews. There, two old saints rejoice to see the One they've waited all their lives to behold. St. Anna rejoices mightily and St. Simeon takes the child in his arms as he proclaims, "Lord, lettest now thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have beheld my Salvation!"

Our Father

A Prayer of the Fourth Holy Mystery:
Holy Savior, as Mary and Joseph brought Thee to the Temple in humble obedience to the ancient laws of Moses, cause me day by day and this day to bring unto the Temple of holy prayer all that pertains to my mortal existence and the lives of those who look to me for love and care. Keep me obedient to all that is right and good for Thou hast written them upon my heart and deep within my conscience since the day of my baptism. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
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The Fifth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Luke 2:41-52)
St. Mary and St. Joseph frantically searched for the boy Jesus in Jerusalem. At last He is found discussing the Holy Scriptures with the scholars at the Temple. After Mary told Him how his absence from the caravan returning to Nazareth had frightened both her husband and herself, Jesus spoke as God the Son to her great wonderment: "Did you forget that I must be about My Heavenly Father's business?"

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Our Father

A Prayer of the Fifth Holy Mystery:
Thou, Jesus, didst set the example for Mary and Joseph of reverence and devout worship of the Father there at the Temple. Thou dost set that example as well before me. Let me learn with them the precious meaning of being about our Father's business more and more and ever more until, like Mary and Joseph, at the last I fall asleep in peace Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
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The Sixth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Mark 14:32-36)
In the Garden of Gethsemane our good and holy Savior is in such inward agony that He sweats droplets of blood and cries out, "If it be possible, Father, take this cup of suffering (the coming cross) from Me: but nevertheless, not My will be done, but Thy will be done!" He is here betrayed by Judas and most of Christ's followers flee into the night with only young St. John, Jesus' mother, St. Mary and a few of the other women disciples keeping near to Him through what was ahead.

Our Father

A Prayer of the Sixth Holy Mystery:
Thou didst suffer all for me, dear Jesus, and there in the Garden Thou didst bear upon Thy sinless soul all the sins of this poor old world. Teach me always to confess my sins unto Thee and trust Thy blood which first Thou didst shed at Gethsemane to cover them from the sight of God. Trusting in Thy suffering I repent day by day, hour by hour, until at last Thou shalt take me home covered not in my shame but in Thy holy righteousness. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
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The Seventh Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Mark 15:15)
Jesus is whipped mercilessly while tied to a pillar. The beating is especially brutal because the whips used for this purpose generally had sharp metal and jagged bone fragments tied at the ends of their several lashes. Again, His blood is shed for us sinners.

Our Father

A Prayer of the Seventh Holy Mystery:
Thou alone art pure and holy from Thy very conception, Thou alone art innocent of all wrongdoing and yet they treated Thee as a criminal and scourged Thy holy back until Thou didst nearly faint from the agony and the loss of blood. Then, my Savior, I must seek to live a pure and good life, to not adopt the crudities of this present age, to be modest and filled with Thy kindness toward all beings. By Thy blood, O Savior, cleanse me day by day. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
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The Eighth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Mark 15:17)
Jesus is mockingly crowned with a crown of thorns, robed in kingly purple, and a reed meant to be a mock royal scepter placed in His hands. His head now bleeds profusely from the huge thorns native to Palestine.

Our Father

A Prayer of the Eighth Holy Mystery:
Dear Saviour, Thy head was sorely wounded, Thy brow bled in crimson floods, and all for us sinners. Let my head be crowned with Thy great salvation, cause my mind to think Thy holy thoughts and my life to live Thy holy ways. Cleanse my intellect with Thy shed blood I pray Thee, this day and evermore. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father
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O my Jesus
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The Ninth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(John 19:17)
Jesus carries His cross to His place of execution on the Hill of Golgotha (the Place of the Skull). Upon the way of the cross He heard the cries of the scoffing crowd and the cries of those who loved Him as well. None could know, neither the tormentors nor the friends, that by the cross He carried that Friday He was about to save the world.

Our Father

A Prayer of the Ninth Holy Mystery:
Even as Thou didst carry Thy cross patiently unto Calvary, grant unto us Lord Jesus that we learn holy patience in accepting from Thee whatever crosses we must yet carry here below. Grant unto us that grace that maketh the cross of whatever suffering into the ladder up into heaven itself. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father.
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O my Jesus
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The Tenth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Luke 23:33)
Christ is crucified for our sins. The sky grows as dark as midnight though it is midday, the earth quakes, the veil before the Temple's holy of holies is rent from top to bottom. He cries out in victory: "It is accomplished!"

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Our Father

A Prayer of the Tenth Holy Mystery:
Thou didst suffer beyond the agony of all agonies for it was not only Thy body that was excruciatingly wracked with the suffocating death of crucifixion but Thy most holy soul itself. Thou who knew no sin had actually taken upon Thyself the sins of the whole world without sinning, Thou who art God the Son became for our sake as one forsaken by heaven itself without ceasing to be God the Son. Oh grant then unto us, dearest Saviour, the grace to persevere in Thy goodness and at the end of our lifetimes let us persevere by the eternal power of Thy Perseverance upon that cruel cross where Thou, the Eternal and Immortal One, knew the very shadows of death. This is our trust, this is our hope, this is our Faith. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father
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O my Jesus
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The Eleventh Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Mark 16: 9-18)
On the third day Christ arose victorious from the grave. He crushed forever the sway and power of death. In Him we live now and forever. Death cannot boast over us men for Christ's resurrection in our glorified Humanity hath given us ransomed mortals of His blessed immortality.

Our Father

A Prayer of the Eleventh Holy Mystery:
I ask of Thee, my Lord and Saviour, the daily gift of faith, for in Thy resurrection Thou didst win for Thy church the heaven-inspired life. And grant that in whatever faith Thou shalt send this day that the life I live will be by its holy power drawing all who know me, all who see me, all who may hear me unto Thee for Thou art the Resurrection and the Life. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father
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O my Jesus
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The Twelfth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Mark 16: 18-19)
And the gospels declare unto us that having risen from the dead, having left behind His graveclothes and an empty tomb, Jesus appeared in the midst of His followers and blessed them. He hath promised most solemnly that where two or three gather in His Name He will be there with them. Alleluia!

Our Father

A Prayer of the Twelfth Holy Mystery:
Lord Jesus Christ, be present in the midst of the church as Thy people assemble everywhere in this world. Be present as well in my home and in the homes of all who love Thee. Thou didst console those disciples of old who faced a pagan world, oh be our Consolation once more as we face our modern pagan world. And overcome in us all that is wrongheaded and sinful so that, in Thy Name, Thy church may overcome the darkness by the proclamation and the living of Thy resurrection. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father.
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O my Jesus
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The Thirteenth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Mark 16: 19-20)
After sojourning with His followers in His glorious resurrected presence our Saviour ascended into God's Heaven and there He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for His people, the church. He is our Mediator, our Advocate, our Intercessor, and, in our Humanity which He hath raised up in Himself unto the heavenly of heavenlies, He is our Man, our Saviour, our Lord!

Our Father

A Prayer of the Thirteenth Holy Mystery:
Our Ascended Lord, Thy wounds are forever gleaming forth in glory before the throne of Thy Father God! In Thee is our hope for this life and the next, it is Thy righteousness alone that maketh us Thy people, Thy church both on earth and in paradise. Pull our hearts, our minds, our immortal souls heavenward this day for it is with Thee that we long to be, it is with Thee we now belong, and it is from Thee that we ask the grace to be more than conquerors while still upon this earth. Have mercy upon us oh Jesus, our Hope, our Peace with God, our only Righteousness, and our Salvation. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father
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O my Jesus
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The Fourteenth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Acts 2:4)
Because He ascended in victory over our sins, because He is at the right hand of His Father, because we are His flock yet here below, Christ has asked His Father and the Holy Spirit of God hath descended upon the church from that first and ancient Christian Pentecost. It was at this wondrous moment in history that the church was truly born and the powers of evil fled before her saints and martyrs, and all of her faithful people. Nothing has changed if we dare move in that same Holy Spirit, if we dare trust in that same Ascended One and His Father who have sent the Third Person of their Holy Trinity to empower, fill, and lead us.

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Prayer of the Fourteenth Holy Mystery:
Come Thou Holy Spirit, Comforter Divine, come indwell Thy people and this Christian who prays in Christ's Name. Oh Thou Lord and Giver of life who spake through the prophets, breathe into Christ's church and speak through her in these evil and apostate times. Send forth her sons and daughters to proclaim the Gospel in Thy power and to convert souls for Christ's sake. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father.
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O my Jesus
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The Fifteenth Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Acts 10: 1-11)
"And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, His kingdom shall have no end! Alleluia!

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Our Father

A Prayer of the Fifteenth Holy Mystery:
Hear Thy faithful church throughout all ages, in heaven and upon the earth: "Come quickly, oh Lord! Come quickly!" With Thy holy martyrs we cry with one voice, "How long, O Lord? How long?" For all nature awaits to see Thy sons and daughters revealed, all of history awaits Thy true and righteous judgment. Cause our hearts to long to see Thee in the clouds with Thy holy saints and angels, and should we have to await our resurrection from the dead, let us for now see Thee in our constant praise and rejoicing with angels and archangels and all the whole company of heaven. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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Glory be to the Father
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O my Jesus

Hail Mary, maternal bearer of our Christ of mercy; hail, our dear heavenly sister, a precious sweetness in this barren desert. To thy Son we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to Him do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Lady, thy motherly eyes towards us; and after this our exile, let us with thee adore our Saviour, Jesus. O pure, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, remember us in thy prayers.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of our Lord.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Another mystery here adapted from the final two mysteries called glorious of the Roman Catholic rosary:

There are two other mysteries to contemplate if you are so inclined. These are the glorious mysteries of the Assumption of St. Mary into heaven, and her coronation. As an Anglican, I meditate upon these merely as devout beliefs held by many Christians. At the same time, I am thankful that our tradition has had the eminently good sense and judgment not to elevate these to the status of doctrine, or worse, to dogmas binding upon all Christians for their salvation as Rome has grievously done.

I present these two mysteries under one meditative heading quoting a particular passage from the book of Revelation. Some scholars see this reference as being made of the church and her proclamation of the Gospel; others as a mystical vision of St. Mary the Virgin giving birth to the Savior. Actually, I think they are both correct, especially since this last of the canonical books of Christian scripture is made of such "dreamy stuff" as fades one imagery into another setting aside time and space. Where we must tread reverently, is on the matters of Assumption and Coronation. First, of course, only God would know if He had assumed St. Mary into heaven, body and soul, as He assumed both Enoch and Elijah of old. Secondly, I think it a near blasphemous notion that the Father and the Son crowned St. Mary "Queen of Heaven". We ought to hold enough reverence in our thinking to simply accept the twelve stars crowning her in this particular passage as apocalyptic imagery.

The strongest argument for her assumption would seem to be the apparition to St. John the Revelator. Her many and various apparitions from earliest times until the present ought to be considered soberly by every Christian with the understanding that: 1) insofar as those appearances have called others to follow Christ or to warn of God's coming wrath upon man's defiant sinfulness, Heaven may well have spoken and 2) insofar as the often garbled reports of her words have drawn much adulation and even forms of worship unto those several visions, we can only reject the unfortunate tendency toward Mariolatry deriving from them.

We are, I think, placed in a most serious and dangerous dilemma at all times if we do not keep Christ central and predominant in all of our theologies and devotions. I believe that His mother appeared to John the Revelator, that is a part of canonical scripture. I believe that there are many notable instances where she has probably appeared since Bible times, but I cannot believe any accounts that elevate her to situations inappropriate to any creature, however holy. On the other end of the spectrum, I must solemnly recall the scriptural warning that the devil himself is not above masquerading as "an angel of light" and that we are not to accept another Gospel, i.e., other than that presented by Christ and His Apostles.

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
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An Optional Mystery of the Holy Rosary:
(Rev. 12: 1-2, 5)
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered ... ... And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Our Father

A Prayer of an Optional Holy Mystery:
Holy Saint Mary, Virgin Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, pray for His church on earth that we may be more and more like unto thyself in thy love and devotion to your Savior. The devout have often said that they have seen thee and have loved Christ all the more for it; the unbelievers seem to have often seen thee and been converted to Him. At thy appearances thou hast oft' brought God's healing with thee at places like Walsingham and Lourdes and, if understood in the light of sacred scripture, the words attributed to thee at Fatima seem prophetic in this wicked and apostate generation. Oh pray for us, that we, like thee, though thy faith was weak at times and thou didst not understand thy Son early on, may yet proclaim our Saviour's Gospel boldly. Forgive thy people who would, in effect, make of thee a goddess and proclaim thee to be what only thy Son is, that one born without sin and our only Mediator between man and God.

Pray all the more for those multitudes of us who have misplaced our devotion to God at thy Virgin's feet. Oh be seen throughout the length and breadth of all Christendom as the handmaid of the Lord and pray the Holy Spirit come to all who have misunderstood the apparitions and therein acted idolatrously. Oh Lady crowned with the twelve stars, forgive the embarrassment we have caused thee out of misplaced zeal and scriptural ignorance for these two thousand years.

St. Mary, pray for us. Amen.

As we are now meditating upon a Marian mystery, I think it appropriate to use the traditional form of the Hail Mary invocation on the next ten beads. Recall, this is only an asking of a prayer-partners prayers on your behalf and it is a fulfillment of prophecy as well, that "all generations shall call me blessed" (that includes this present sinful generation). The first part of the traditional Hail Mary is a spoken hymn. The second part must be one in the spirit of Scripture's admonition, "pray ye one for another".

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Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glenwood T Davis
June, 1996

To the holders of my manuscript,
RE: One Episcopalian's Rosary

There are just four copies of my extensive letter to my daughter concerning how an Anglican might recite the rosary. You have one of them. You would do me the kindest favor if you would replace your present copy with the enclosed revised copy. No need to send me the old one, just pitch it.

I have gone to great pains in expressing what this Episcopalian thinks is in the best tradition of our via media. I hope that we will rediscover the ancient Fathers and the excellent writings of those Church of England Tractarians who remained faithful to Anglicanism. This I trust I have done.

As I am given too much time for prayerful reflection, I am personally more attuned to the Evangelical tradition of our communion than ever in my life. I should hope that what I have written would be acceptable to my fellow-evangelicals both inside and outside Anglicanism.

God bless you always, Glen

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