The Anglican Rosary is an invaluable tool for people of faith to deepen their connection with God. Also known as Anglican Prayer Beads or the Protestant Rosary, this simple combination of cross and beads richly symbolizes Christ’s own journey on earth and draws us into His presence as we meditate on the mysteries of our Christian faith.
The difference between Catholic and Anglican Rosaries is found in the number of beads and the form of the prayers. While the Catholic Rosary is prayed with a focus on Mary for help in understanding the mysteries of Jesus, the Anglican Rosary relies on the Holy Spirit to guide and enhance times of prayer, worship and encounter with the Word of God.
The wonder of the Rosary is that it engages our entire being—body, mind, and spirit—in communion with God as we pray and worship. It quiets our minds and keeps our focus on God as we pray and meditate on scripture. This fosters a deepening awareness of His presence with us, and an ever-increasing sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
It’s often difficult to come away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life and spend time with God. With wondering minds and too many concerns we find it hard to trust and find peace as we pray. No matter what circumstances we are in, the Rosary immediately draws us into the presence of God, and reminds us that we are not alone on our journey through life. When we pray regularly with the Rosary, the simple act of holding the beads in our hands becomes an anchor for peace and turns our hearts back to God.