The Anglican version of the Catholic rosary was developed in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas as an aid to daily prayer. An Anglican prayer bead set consists of thirty-three beads divided into four groups of seven beads called Weeks with four large Cruciform beads separating the four groups. Attached to one Cruciform bead is a cross and a single Invitatory bead. Each type of bead is associated with a different prayer by the user. The user begins at the cross saying, “In the Name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.” moving on to the Invitatory Bead where the user says, “O God make speed to save me, O Lord make haste to help me, Glory 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.” The first Cruciform bead is next where the user prays, “Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon me”. The user moves to the right, through the first set of seven beads, and at each bead the user prays, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The user then moves to the next Cruciform bead, and so on continuing around the circle.
~Dr. Gil Haas
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