Reformed Rosary

[On Marian devotions for Protestants, I think Brad Littlejohn has already expressed what I would. I refer the enquiring reader to his essay; I also note that the Hail Mary was retained in Reformed Zürich until 1563.]

Opening

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. I believe &c.

On the large bead,

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On the three smaller beads,

V. O Lord, open thou my lips.
R. And my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
V. O God, make speed to save me.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
R. The Lord’s Name be praised.

Then shall be said,

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

Each decade

The mystery is announced for meditation, and on the large bead is said,

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On each of the ten smaller beads during meditation on the mystery,

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus;

To which may be added, according to each mystery,

  1. who was conceived by the Holy Ghost at the Angel’s Annunciation. Alleluia.
  2. with whom thou didst visit Elisabeth in the hill country. Alleluia.
  3. to whom thou, virgin in body and soul, hast given birth with joy. Alleluia.
  4. who was carried by thee to the temple and presented to God, his Father. Alleluia.
  5. who was lost in Jerusalem when his years were twelve, and after three days found again in the temple. Alleluia.
  6. who entered the garden with his disciples, and praying for long did sweat much blood. Alleluia.
  7. who was scourged at the pillar on the command of Pilate. Alleluia.
  8. who was wrapped in a purple robe, crowned with thorns, and hailed as king by mocking soldiers. Alleluia.
  9. who was given the burden of the cross to bear like a criminal to the hill of Golgotha. Alleluia.
  10. who was nailed to the cross beneath the inscription, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ Alleluia.
  11. who rose from the dead on the third day, and filled thee with unspeakable joy. Alleluia.
  12. who ascended into Heaven on the fortieth day, before the eyes of thee and his Apostles, and sat at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia.
  13. who sent his Holy Spirit to thee and to his Apostles on the day of Pentecost, according as he had promised. Alleluia.
  14. who called thee to himself, O Jerusalem and dearest Mother of his, and will receive us in his Father’s Kingdom. Alleluia.
  15. who will come again in glory to reign together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, triumphant with his saints and glorious for ever. Alleluia.

Or else may be said on the beads,

O sweet, O gentle, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy upon me. Amen.

Then shall be said,

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

Closing

My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost : as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Almighty God bless us, the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Rosary of jasper stone

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