Prayers of grace

The gift of God’s abundant, overflowing, ever-present grace is life changing, but it’s one that we can easily grow to take for granted in the busy pressures of day-to-day life.

Today’s set of prayers for an Anglican rosary are built around the hymn “Amazing grace,” which is a well-known and well-loved hymn celebrating the amazingness of grace God offer us. (You can read the story of the hymn’s author, John Newton (1725-1807) and how God’s grace changed his life in this article about the hymn.)

The lyrics of the first stanza of the hymn are used for the week beads, and they are surrounded by Bible verses and a collect from the Book of Common Prayer that remind us of God’s nature and God’s gift of grace to us.

My hope is that spending time with these reminders of God’s grace with your Anglican rosary will help remind you of the amazingness of God’s grace and how life-changing it truly can be.

Cross:Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
(James 1:17)

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

Invitatory bead:The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23)
Cruciform beads:The LORD is a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
(adapted from Exodus 34:6)
Week bead 1:Amazing grace!
Week bead 2:How sweet the sound,
Week bead 3:That saved a wretch like me!
Week bead 4:I once was lost,
Week bead 5:But now am found;
Week bead 6:Was blind,
Week bead 7:But now I see.
Invitatory bead:Lord, I (we) pray that your grace may always precede and follow me (us),
that I (we) may continually be given to good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(from the Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Proper 23)
Cross:May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with me (us all), now and evermore. Amen.
(adapted from 2 Corinthians 13:14)


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