[quote=StubbleSpark]The Catholic rosary has none other than the personal endorsement of the Blessed Virgin herself. It is based on the traditional liturgy of the hours (which you can also pray) which is one of the oldest devotionals in existence. History records that the rosary aided in the miraculous defense of the last vestiges of Western culture against Saracen conquest. Many more miracles have been attributed to its use and I can personally testify to miracles worked in my own life.
Why would anyone want to pray a scaled down version (only 7 Hail Marys between mysteries and fewer mysteries) that has no such illustrious history and divine endorsement?
And why would you look for a non-Catholic devotional to introduce to other non-Catholics?
Of course non-Catholics can pray the rosary. There is nothing that says you even have to be Christian to pray the rosary! This is the inherent beauty of this devotional meditative prayer – our Mother just wants us to spend time with her – and she will bring us closer to a more perfect conversion. Keep in mind that Catholic conversions are continual and not occurring at a single point in time. Even if you are born and raised a devout practicing Catholic, you still have a long way to go, but she will bring you there no matter where you start out.
I was praying the rosary regularly before I ever set foot in an RCIA class. My experience has convinced me that it is the best tool for conversion. I give them freely to anyone whether they are Baptist, Lutheran, Ba’hai, or Wiccan.
And the rosary is not the only meditative devotional prayer Catholics have. I already mentioned the Liturgy of the Hours above, but even the prayer bead devotionals are many. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Crown of Twelve Stars of Our Lady of Mercy, etc.
The manner in which these devotionals are practiced are also numerous. You can say them alone in the dark of night, together with friends and family, in Eucharisic Adoration, you can even sing them!
As far as the shape of the beads are concerned, nothing is stopping you from making your own rosary. There are numerous web sites and hobby kits showing how to do this.
Effort is always appreciated but why try to reinvent the wheel when we have a souped-up super car complete with in-dash navigation?
I suggest you scale down your tone.
I am a Traditional Anglican, and i find it offensive that you would equate us (Traditionalists) on the same scale as Wiccans. I find this doubly offensive because my Mother is a Wiccan ‘Priestess’, and i know firsthand the darkness she deals in.
Traditional Anglican Communion (High mass) has much more old influences than many of the modern RC masses i’ve attended.
The only differences are recognition of the Pope’s ‘infallibility’ and some things on Mother Mary. I know some priests who stress the utter importance of Mary, and i know some who roll their eyes at the subject.
If Jmm08 had encouraged me in modern ‘Anglicanism’ you may have a point. But there is a world of difference between the ‘official’ Anglican (Church of England) and Traditional Anglicanism.
As i stated in the ‘meet and greet’ forums i belong to The TAC (Traditional Anglican Catholic Church). We live outside the heresy of the Anglicans, and the numbers are growing rapidly. So much so, that there isn’t enough time to build new parishes in some cities!
I am your brother in Christ, don’t forget that.