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Article | November 9, 2023

Anglican Rosary for Peace

Blog|The Rev. Canon Anna E. Rossi

The texts below can be prayed with an Anglican Rosary, either individually or in a small group, and may be preceded by a time of gentle silence. Here also is a general introduction to the Anglican Rosary. This rite may be prayed for peace generally, and is designed in response to onset of the October 2023 Israel – Gaza war. 


O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Invitatory: A Song of the Heavenly City 

  • Enriching Our Worship I, Canticle O

I saw no temple in the city, *  
for its temple is the God of surpassing strength and the Lamb.  

And the city has no need of sun or moon  to shine upon it, *  
for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  

By its light the nations shall walk, *  
and the rulers of the world lay their honor and glory there.  

Its gates shall never be shut by day,  nor shall there be any night; *  
Into it they shall bring the honor and glory of nations.  

I saw the river of the water of life,  bright as crystal, *  
flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  

The tree of life spanned the river, giving fruit every month, *  
and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  

All curses cease where the throne of God and of the Lamb stands,  
and all servants give worship there; *  
There they will see God’s face, whose name shall be on their foreheads.  

To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb *  
be blessing and honor and glory and might,  
for ever and ever. Amen.

Cruciform: Psalm 122

  • St. Helena Psalter

I was glad when they said to me, * 
“Let us go to the house of God.”
Now our feet are standing * 
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city * 
that is at unity with itself;
To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Holy One, *
the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of God.
For there are the thrones of judgment, * 
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: * 
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls *
and quietness within your towers.
For my kindred and companions’ sake, * 
I pray for your prosperity.
Because of the house of the Holy One our God, * 
I will seek to do you good.”

Weeks: Palm Sunday Antiphon

Hosanna to the Son of David.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Concluding Invitatory: Nunc DImittis

Lord, you now have set your servant free
To go in peace as you have promised.
For my eyes have seen the savior,
Whom you have prepared for all the world to see
A light to enlighten the nations
And the glory of your people Israel.

Concluding Cross: Aaronic Blessing

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace.

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