How to Say the Anglican Rosary

The Anglican Rosary is a contemplative prayer form. It is a fairly modern prayer combining the Roman Catholic Rosary with the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope. It is comprised of 33 beads (the traditional number of years of Jesus’ life). There is one “invitatory” bead followed by four sets of seven beads each (called “weeks”) with a single bead (called the “cruciform” bead) in between each week. In the Judeo-Christian tradition the number seven is that of spiritual perfection and completion. The circle of beads is prayed, unhurriedly, three times to signify the Holy Trinity. This makes for ninety-nine prayers, and in Middle Eastern traditions, 99 is the complete number of the Divine Names. If you include the cross at the beginning or the end, this brings the total number of prayers said to 100, which is the total of the Orthodox Rosary and represents the fullness of creation. Typically the saying of the Rosary is followed by a period of silence for reflection.

There are no set prayers for the Anglican Rosary. It is your choice! The Book of Common Prayer brims with choices; particularly among the morning and evening prayers, the prayers of the people, the numerous collects and even lectionary readings. Canticles and psalms are time honored devotions, as are the Jesus Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Serenity Prayer.

Listed below is the method of using the beads and some of the more commonly used prayers. Remember, it is the practice that is important, the time spent in communion with God; the rosary is simply the vehicle for getting there.

Your Way around the Beads

1)         Loosely hold the beads in your hand, grasping The Cross in your other hand. If desired, say your opening prayer.

2)         With your thumb and forefinger, grasp The Invitatory bead and say your chosen invitatory prayer.

3)         Move your fingers up the chain to the first of the 4 Cruciform beads and say your chosen prayer.

4)         Move your fingers up the chain to the first set of Weeks to the right (you will be saying the rosary in a counterclockwise direction). Grasp the first bead and say your chosen prayer for the weeks. Repeat this prayer on the next six beads.

5)         Move your fingers to the next cruciform bead and say your chosen cruciform prayer.

6)         Continue in this manner until you have completed the circle of the rosary.


Below are some examples to help get you started…

The Cross

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


Our Father, who 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.


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.


Blessed be the one, holy and living God. Glory to God forever and ever. Amen.

The Invitatory

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.


Open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.


O God make speed to save us, O Lord make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, I snow and will be forever. Amen.

The Cruciforms

Oh Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Oh Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Oh Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.


Guide us waking O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.


Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord. You that stand in the house of the Lord, lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord.


Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.

The Weeks

Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.


Jesus, lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, give us your peace.


I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner.

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