December 19, 2014
Advent is a season when we naturally think about Mary, the Mother of our Lord. With her we await the birth of the Christ Child. I would like to invite you to share in an Advent devotion from a small book called Holding Your Prayers in Your Hands: Praying the Anglican Rosary. If you have a rosary, take it out. If it is a little different from the Anglican style, that’s okay. If you don’t have one, just hold on to a cross or other object that gives you a sense of peaceful calm. It is very simple…
Holding the cross, pray:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Moving to the first large bead, pray:
For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.
At the next large bead, pray:
O come, O come, Emmanuel.
For the small beads, pray these in order:
Lord, as I await your coming, prepare my heart to receive you.
Lord, as I await your coming, grant me simplicity of spirit.
Lord, as I await your coming, grant me the grace to see you in all people.
Lord, as I await your coming, grant me the courage to do what is difficult.
Lord, as I await your coming, strengthen me in your service.
Lord, as I await your coming, protect me from temptation.
Lord, as I await your coming, grant me peace.
Repeat the above two prayers at each large bead and group of small ones; four times in over. At the very end, say a final Amen.
May God the Holy Spirit, by whose working Mary conceived the Christ, help us bear the fruits of joy and peace. Amen.
—David Park, Director of Music