rosary prayers for addicts

Earlier this week, I published a set of prayers for use with Anglican rosaries or prayer beads for LGBTQ people specifically, in Earth and Altar magazine. Those prayers were the latest prayers I had written, I have some that I wrote several months ago, that I wrote for addicts. They were the first set of rosary prayers that I wrote, and so I wanted to share them in this here. The idea behind the prayers are that they are supposed to be based on traditional rosary prayers but with a modern flair for modern Christians using ancient practices. I was looking to write some prayers for myself, as an addict, that I could use to pray.

The first time around, on all of the weeks beads, you would pray the first set of weeks prayers. The second time around, on all the weeks beads, you would pray the second, etc. The same cruciform prayer is used without the entire three rounds.

In the name of the Creator,
and the Redeemer,
and the Sustainer, Amen.

Invitatory (beginning)  
I am your beloved child, whom you created for Love, for you are Love.

In my confession of powerlessness, my surrender to your care, and in repentance, I come.

Weeks (1st)                        
Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, an addict.

Weeks (2nd)                       
Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, grant me your healing.

Weeks (3rd)                        
Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, your beloved.

Invitatory (closing)        
Thank-you for the gifts of sobriety and wholeness. Deliver me from my trauma and the ways I harm myself and others as a result, I offer them up for your redemption.

(This time between the closing invitatory and the closing crucifix, some of the things that are being offered for redemption could be named).

Crucifix (closing)             
Your mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. In baptism, you have given rebirth into your kingdom, in the Eucharist you keep me fed and sustained, in reconciliation, you cleanse me anew, wholeness and sobriety are gifts that come from you alone.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Published by MaryClare StFrancis

MaryClare StFrancis is a writer who sounds as boring as hell but who is intimately acquainted with the horrific and the sacred. For a long time, darkness has been her friend, but she now walks in the light of Christ. As a committed Episcopalian, her main contribution to the church is her ability to make the priests facepalm or swear, depending on the day and context. MaryClare has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and lives in Mississippi with her four children.

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