This past Sunday I put a bit of a spin on the whole Lent thing. There are a lot of people who “give up” something for let. Many times it just seems trendy and false. There’s often a show to it. Never mind the fact that most people give up something that they shouldn’t be doing in the first place.
The point of fasting is to create space for God to speak and to bring you closer to God. If you’re always hung up on the thing that you gave up for Lent and never get to spending time with God, then you’re missing the point.
So I challenge people not to give anything up for Lent.
Instead, I challenged them to add something for Lent. Prayer time, Bible reading, an act of service, etc… What ever it is, it needs to be something new and something that brings you closer to God. After you’ve figured out what you’re going to add to your routine, then you can think about what you might need to take out of your routine to make that happen. First focus on God, then focus on letting something go.
What, you may ask, am I adding?
Well, a few posts ago, I talked about re-thinking the practice of the Rosary and adapting it with more Anabaptist language. There was a lot of interesting discussion around this topic and I’ve given it some more thought. I’ve continued to modify it somewhat and I’m going to try to do it on a regular basis (meaning, daily-ish). We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it’ll be worthwhile.
Here’s what I’ve come up with, at least for this Lent season. I’ve made some changes to the “Glory Be” and the practice of praying at the large beads.
Anabaptist Rosary 2.0
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles Creed.”
2. Say the “Beatitudes.”
3. Say three “Our Fathers.”
4. Say the “Beatitudes” (so far I’ve skipped this)
5. Pray B1 (see below); then say
the “Glory Be”
6. Say ten “Our Fathers,” while meditating on the Mystery.
7. Say the “Beatitudes”
8. PrayerB2 then say the “Glory be to the Father.” Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with the B3, B4, and B5 in the same manner.
9. Say the ‘Commission’ on the medal after the five decades are completed.
The large beads follow the 5 basic open prayers with one adaption. (B stands for ‘bead’)
B1- yourself and close to you
B3- church in all places
B5- your enemies or other concerns
Here is the text for the various prayers. The main change is the “Glory be” which comes from the Anabaptist Prayer Book via Lois Kaufman via Rachel Miller Jacobs.
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED – (Willard Swartley’s version from Covenant of Peace)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. Lived obediently to his Abba. Lived and taught love, peace, and forgiveness. Healed the sick, cast out demons, forgave sins, raised the dead, confounded the powers. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. Triumphing over the powers, he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
Glory to You, Source of All Being, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
COMMISSION (Matt 28:19-20)
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
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