How to Pray the Anglican Rosary

The Anglican rosary is prayed similar to the Roman Catholic rosary but utilizes a different set of mysteries and prayers.

The simple way of praying the anglican rosary starts on the cross.

On the cross say: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit amen.

On the invitatory bead say : Oh God make speed to save me, Oh Lord make haste to help me, Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever.

On the cruciform beads say: Holy God, Holy and mighty,Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon me.

On the week beads say: Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

One way the same prayer is repeated on the cruciform and week beads. For another, the prayers change as the mysteries do. For this form the large beads are always the Lords Prayer and the cross is always the Apostles Creed.

On the invitatory bead say the following prayer:

Assist us mercifully with your help O lord God of our salvation That we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts whereby you have given to us life and immortality.Glory be to the Father and to the son and to the Holy spirit as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever . Amen

When reaching the invitatory bead the last time recite the Lords prayer.

Then the last time on the cross say :I bless the Lord

For those wishing to use the collects for each of the mysteries to pray the rosary use this form.

The mysteries are as follows

The Joyful Mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Glorious Mysteries


The Joyful mysteries are about the birth of Jesus and what great a joy it was that a savior was given to the world.

When praying the Joyful mysteries start at the annunciation and say the following prayer for the small beads:

Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Then remember the visitation and say the following prayer for the small beads:

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Then remember Jesus birth and say the following prayer for the small beads:

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and
to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and
made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and
glory, now and for ever.

Then remembering the presentation say the following prayer for the small beads:

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your
only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so
we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by
Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Finally remembering Jesus being found in the temple say the following prayer on the small beads:

Oh God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature:Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The Luminous Mysteries are about Jesus’s ministry and what he did during his lifetime.

If you wish to pray the luminous mysteries, start with Jesus’s Baptism and say the following prayer on the small beads:

Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan you proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ keep the covenant that they have made and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior.

Then remembering Jesus’s miracles recite the following prayer on the small beads:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth

Next, recalling Jesus’s preaching say the following prayer:

O God, who has taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor. Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection.

Then remembering the transfiguration recite the following prayer:

O God , who before the passion of your only begotten son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory.

Finally, remembering the last supper say the following prayer:

Almighty Father, whose dear son on the night before he suffered instituted the sacrament of his body and blood: mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life.

The Sorrowful mysteries are about our Savior’s Passion and suffering.

If you want to pray the sorrowful mysteries start with remembering Jesus’s agony in the garden and say the following prayer:

Almighty and everliving god in your tender love for the human race you sent your son our savior Jesus christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross,giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering and also share in his resurrection.

Then remembering the cruel scourging recite the following prayer:

Lord God whose blessed son our savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spat upon: Give us the grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time confident in the glory that shall be revealed.

Next remembering the crowning with thorns say the following prayer:

O God by the passion of your blessed son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your son our savior Jesus Christ.

Then remembering the carrying of the cross, recall the following prayer:

Almighty god whose dear son went not up to joy but first suffered pain, and entered into glory before he was crucified : Mercifully grant that we walking in the way of the cross, may find it to be none other than the way of life and peace.

Finally, remembering Jesus’s crucifixion and death say this prayer:

Almighty God we beseech you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and suffer death upon the cross.

The Glorious Mysteries are about Jesus ascension and about the promises given after his ascension.

If you want to meditate on the glorious mysteries start with Jesus’s resurrection and recite the following prayer:

O God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten son to death on the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemies: Grant us so to die daily to sin that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection.

Then remembering His ascension into heaven say this prayer:

Almighty god whose blessed Son our savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fulfill all things” Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise He abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages.

Next remembering the coming of the Holy Spirit repeat this prayer:

Almighty God, you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of you Holy Spirit: Spread abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth.

Then remembering The Bible say this prayer:

Almighty God, you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit. Spread abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the gospel, that it may reach the ends of the earth

Finally remembering that Jesus will come again say the following prayer:

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well beloved son the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under His most gracious rule.

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