The Insomnia Rosary

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I’m not sure about you, but quite often when my mind is working at 100 km/h I find it hard to put the brakes on and get to sleep. I have a very overactive mind and it is always willing to find new things to do and think about; most often from about 11pm at night onwards. I find that one thing that can often help is if I lie in bed reciting prayer on my Rosary. If I catch my mind wondering I just gently bring myself back the prayers I was saying. Read the rest of this entry »

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A prayer for forgiveness

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The following prayer is another example of how material from a prayer book, combined with the willingness to let the Holy Spirit work within us to express our needs. A prayer for forgiveness offers a connection with the traditional prayer of confession with the composer’s own sense of our need to be reminded to come to God in prayers of confession and reconciliation. Read the rest of this entry »

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A group rosary meditation

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The rythym of prayer with the Anglican Rosary is also well suited for use as a group meditation. The following is a suggested format for using the Rosary in a group meditaion. The format can be adapted to suite any group. I was impressed to learn that a few years after I conducted a workshop in one place that they still held a regular group meditation before Mass on Sundays. Read the rest of this entry »

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A prayer for peace

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Contrary to popular legend the ‘Peace Prayer of St Francis’ was not not actually written by St Francis. However, because it embodies much of St Francis’ teaching it became attriubuted to him, though the actuall author is not known. What is known is that this prayer like many prayers for peace were inspired by the life of this holy man from Assisi. The following prayer was also inspired not only by Francis’ life but the peace prayer attributed to him. Read the rest of this entry »

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A rosary for world peace

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One of the important aspects of the prayer bead workshops is allowing time for participants to be able to make a connection between the theoritcal, practical and spiritual. We have quiet time to set aside from others and just be with God, to see how God is speaking to us in prayer. This wonderful rosary for world peace was a result of one of the participants from a workshop in Canberra. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healing prayer inspired by the Jesus Prayer

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This prayer for healing inspired by the Jesus prayer shows how ancient prayers of the church can be adapted to the rhythm of the Anglican Rosary. The Jesus prayer is an ancient prayer recited since the time of the early church mothers and fathers. It is still a very strong part of orthodox christian spirituality. This adaption of Jesus prayer for healing was inspired by the work of Br Ramon ssf and Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward. Praying the Jesus Prayer Together, 2001, p.116-117 (Omnia: Glasgow). Read the rest of this entry »

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A rosary for nature

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This is a wonderful example of prayers that have been composed by participants in the Anglican prayer bead workshops. It shows how a person can be inspired by something simple as sitting in a garden and reflecting on the needs of the world, in this case our need to care for the environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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