The Lutheran Rosary


#1

It’s a private little devotion I use ( after consulting with my pastor whether or not it’s in keeping with LCMS Lutheranism about two years ago). I have a link to its use and how the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod regards it ( as long as it’s used as an aid to meditation, it’s apparently fine): xrysostom.blogspot.com/2008/09/do-lutherans-use-rosary.html,
and here are a couple of links regarding Lutheran Mariology in general: cyclopedia.lcms.org/display.asp?t1=m&word=MARIOLOGY, whymarymatters.com/tag/mariology/.

I offer this hesitantly and as merely a suggestion :o, because I have benefited from saying the Lutheran Rosary in the sense that my thoughts more easily turn to these Mysteries of the Life of Christ during the regular hubbub of a normal day justandsinner.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-lutheran-rosary.html.


Non-Catholics praying the Rosary?
#2

Interesting. Thank you for bringing this topic to our attention. I can honestly say I had no idea any branch of Lutheranism utilized the rosary. I always figured Anglicans were the only ones that kept anything like the rosary in use outside of Catholicism (albeit in our modified Anglican Prayer Bead form).


#3

I suppose it depends on the Lutheran. A lot of Lutherans would be wary about using a devotion like this in the same way they would be wary about making the Sign of the Cross at the Invocation, or after corporate ( or private) Confession and Absolution, although such impressions are seen by some as sorely misguided: steadfastlutherans.org/2014/03/on-making-the-sign-of-the-cross/,
confessingevangelical.com/2005/04/29/how-should-we-hail-mary/,
catholicbridge.com/catholic/martin_luther_on_mary.php.


#4

there also is an Anglican rosary.


#5

Wow, I had no idea there was such a thing as a Lutheran or Anglican rosaries. Excellent. :thumbsup:


#6

Sort of. Anglican Prayer beads are somewhat similar to a rosary.

However it has less beads, only 33 (representing the traditional 33 years of Christ’s life). And they’re in 4 groupings of 7 beads or “weeks” instead of the Catholic 5 groupings of 10.

The Lutheran rosary by comparison appears to be in some cases physically the same as the Catholic rosary with the exception of the crucifix exchanged for a cross (though I’m not sure that last part is a hard and fast rule either as the picture below shows).

I’ve also found “Lutheran rosaries” as below which split the difference and have 5 groupings of 6.


#7

The Rosary is truly a beautiful bouquet of prayers and it does center one’s mind on the Holy Mysteries surrounding the life of our Blessed Lord.


#8

correct. the Anglican prayer beads are designed differently and the prayers are different too. I used to have one and a booklet, but gave it to the local Episcopal church with a few other items when I converted.


#9

Use of a crucifix is not inappropriate in any Lutheran setting. Neither is a cross. Both/and, not either/or.

Jon


#10

The great second generation Lutheran theologian, Martin Chemnitz, with his rosary beads.


#11

Or, amongst the motley, the standard Rosary; the only form any in my family have ever possessed.


#12

uh-where are they?..


#13

In his left hand, I suspect.


#14

The first rosary beads given to me came from an Episcopalian. It was the same as the Catholic rosary. I don’t know why his would have been difficult from other Anglicans. I was not Catholic at the time so it wasn’t for my sake. I am sure praying the rosary helped lead me to the Church.


#15

See the hand with a finger in the Bible? The Rosary beads are in his other hand.


#16

There are beads and a medallion under his right hand. Look to be a straight string of beads though.


#17

I see. I had to enlarge the picture quite a bit to see them. Hard to tell if they are Rosary beads, but they might be.


#18

How do you pray the Lutheran and Episcopalian rosaries?


#19

I’ve had this one for a number of years


#20

I don’t have my Anglican rosary anymore or the booklet. you might be able to google it and find it on the internet.


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