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Prayer and Worship


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The Rosary

Early English Canticles


Someone asked for help with saying the Rosary, so here in its simplest form is what to do: 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

Full sequence

1 Make the Sign of the Cross and say the ‘Apostles’ Creed.’
2 Say the ‘Our Father.’
3 Say three ‘Hail Marys.’
4 Say the ‘Glory be to the Father.’
5 Announce the First Mystery; then say the ‘Our Father.’
6 Say ten ‘Hail Marys,’ while meditating on the Mystery.
7 Say the ‘Glory be to the Father...’
8... Announce the Second Mystery; then say the ‘Our Father.’                                          
   Repeat 6 & 7, and continue with 3rd, 4th and 5th Mysteries in the same manner.

Joyful Mysteries
  The Annunciation.
  The Visitation.
  The Nativity.
  The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
  The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

Sorrowful Mysteries
  The Agony in the Garden.
  The Scourging at the Pillar.
  The Crowning with Thorns.
  The Carrying of the Cross.
  The Crucifixion.

Glorious Mysteries
  The Resurrection.
  The Ascension.
  The Descent of the Holy Spirit.
  The Assumption of Mary.
  The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Luminous Mysteries
  The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.
  The Wedding at Cana.
  Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God.
  The Transfiguration.
  The Institution of the Eucharist.



The early translations of liturgical texts into medieval English struggled to break free from the forms of the Latin.  One must be tentative when modernizing the spelling of these texts:  the measure in which they become readable is also the measure by which they can sound foolish.  And yet…
    There is a vividness and immediacy here that opens these sacred texts from Luke’s Gospel in a way that is moving and beautiful.  We who say them, in one standard version, day by day and week by week, may do well to hear them in a different voice.  One of the most striking reminders is the use of the word ‘health’ where we use ‘salvation’.
    They are taken from a Primer of the fourteenth century.  As the original author sought to teach those who were ignorant or lukewarm in their faith, let him do the same for us.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel:  for he hath visited and made redemption of his folk.
And he hath reared up the horn of health to us:  in the house of David his child.
As he hath spoken by the mouth of holy prophets:  that been from the world.
Health from our enemies:  and from the hand of all that hated us.
To do mercy with our fathers:  and have mind of his holy testament.
The oath that he swore to Abraham our father:  to give himself to us.
That without dread delivered from our enemies’ hands:  serve to him.
In holiness and righteousness before him:  all our days.
And thou child shall be called prophet of the highest:  thou shalt go before the face of the Lord,  to make ready his ways.
For to give knowledge of health to his folk:  in forgiveness of their sins.
By the entrails of mercy of our God:  in which he hath visited us coming from on high.
To give light to them that sit in darknesses and in shadow of death:  to dress our feet into the way of peace.
Joy be to thee Father, and to thee Son, and to thee Holy Ghost;  as it was in the beginning and now and ever:  into the worlds of worlds.  Amen.

My soul:  worshippeth the Lord.
And my ghost made joy:  in God mine health.
For he looked the meekness of his hand-maid:  lo therefore all generations shall say I am blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done great things for me:  and his name is holy.
And his mercy is from kindred to kindred:  to them that be dreading him.
He did might in his arm:  he scattered proud men with thought of his heart.
He put down mighty men off the seat:  and heeded meek.
Hungry men he filled with goods:  and rich he left empty.
He took up Israel his child:  thinking on his mercy.
As he had spoken to our father Abraham:  and to his seed for ever.
Joy be to thee Father, and to thee Son, and to thee Holy Ghost;  as it was in the beginning and now and ever:  into the worlds of worlds.  Amen.