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Praying the Beatitudes

Praying the Beatitudes

One of the benefits of the Anglican rosary is its versatility in creating your own sets of prayers that meet your needs, interests, and intentions.

The options are infinite, and there are many resources available to provide examples and possibilities for you to use as is or to create your own. You can find many of these online or in various books (find a few examples in my post on Prayer bead books).

An option that I like to use is based on the Beatitudes, and I use it to remind me of the kind of person I am trying to become. I use the first seven beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-9) for the week beads to focus on these characteristics.

(I skip the remaining Beatitude(s)—depending on how you count them—not because they don’t matter, but because they are focused on other people’s actions more than my own character.)

Here’s how I pray the pray the Beatitudes using an Anglican rosary. Please feel free to use this as is for your own prayers or as a starting point for your own adaptation.

Cross:In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
Invitatory bead:Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. (Ps. 19:14)
Cruciform beads:Lord, help me this day to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you. (adapted from Amos 6:8)
Week bead 1:Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt. 5:3)
Lord, help me to be poor in spirit.
Week bead 2:Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matt. 5:4)
Lord, help me mourn with the world’s sorrows.
Week bead 3:Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth. (Matt. 5:5)
Lord, help me to be meek and gentle.
Week bead 4:Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. (Matt. 5:6)
Lord, help me hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Week bead 5:Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matt. 5:7)
Lord, help me to be merciful.
Week bead 6:Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matt. 5:8)
Lord, help me to be pure in heart.
Week bead 7:Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9)
Lord, help me to be a peacemaker.
Invitatory bead:Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Ps. 51:11)
Cross:O God, make speed to save me. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Amen.
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