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A #ChristianScience Rosary

To hear the audio recitation of this Rosary, please click here

In Christian Science, the only possible way to examine the Rosary is with the view that the words recited can help take us to a place of stillness where we can get a clearer picture. “In the midst of me is God”. Words prepare us for prayer by taking us to a place of stillness. It has nothing to do with begging or pleading with a human version of God who demands recitation.

The actual beads of course and the vocal prayers belong to the physical and mental world. The world of good and evil. So we must first take a step back not to see these as humanly good or bad from the mental realm but an instrument or idea through which only good can come.  As a material object “there is no good in it”  and we do not spiritualize it.  This is why the Rosary by quietening our minds takes us to the gate of prayer but cannot take us through it. To sit in quiet realizing the only law which exists pulls us closer. Knowing this truth pulls us closer and sets us free. The Rosary quietens our mind. Nothing more nothing less. 

The Rosary is an ancient tradition of reciting prayers on the beads or fingers. The origins are unclear, some say they came from the days when we could not read or write and had to count on our fingers, others say it has its roots on Buddhism or Islam. Either way it turned into a major devotion within the Catholic Church before the Reformation, the Catholic Church claims it was revealed mysteriously to St Dominic. 

 

If we think of St Dominic as a contemplative person practicing contemplative prayer then we may perhaps consider that the Rosary was revealed or at least realised. This redeems the Rosary away from chanting to a very personal God who expects us to do it, to applying a scientific meaning to the Hail Mary in the same way that we apply to the Our Father prayer as given by Mary Baker Eddy. Contemplative prayer was something encouraged by Joel Goldsmith, a CS practitioner then independent.

The idea of meditation while reciting on scenes from the life and death of Jesus raises other questions about how these should be viewed in terms of science or physicality but it could be argued that by meditating on them could offer deeper insights. These “mysteries” (as they are referred to in Catholicism) of the Rosary need to be researched further. To learn more about the Rosary and how it is used in mainstream Christendom, please see the following link.

Mrs Eddy had no time for ritual as in itself there is no purpose to it, however this can be also redeemed because although the ritual has no power, carrying a set of beads or using them can remind us to direct our thoughts to prayer at every moment. We need to remember that prayer is for our benefit and how we do this varies from case to case. Perhaps the biggest difference in CS is that the beads do not represent anything other than a reminder to turn and raise our thoughts upward. Only in that place can we then see things and ourselves as they are.

The call to change anc raise our thinking may come from the heart of the New Though movement but this extends to all people regardless of religious label that they may place upon themselves.

To hear the audio recitation, please click here

rosary guide

Prayers:

Begin with reciting the Scientific statement of Being with its correlative passage:

The scientific statement of being

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.

From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 468:9–15

Its correlative passage

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

I John 3:1–3

Our Father which art in heaven, Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious, Hallowed be Thy name. Adorable One.

Thy kingdom come. Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, —

God is omnipotent, supreme. Give us this day our daily bread;

Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And Love is reflected in love;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love,

over all, and All.

From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 16–17

Ave Maria (scientific Interpretation)

Hail Father Mother,
In Fullness,
Ever With Us

Ever Blessing Man
with the Christ
Ever Present

Tender and Strong
With Grace for Today
Infinite Love and Power

Here, now

Glory Be To The Father: Spiritual Interpretation

After every ten beads or “decade” you can say the following before starting the next decade

“Father is man’s divine Principle, Love. Son is God’s man —His image or spiritual likeness. Holy Ghost is Divine Science, the Messiah or Comforter. Jesus in the flesh was the prophet or way-shower to Life, Truth, and Love, and out of the flesh Jesus was the Christ, the spiritual idea, or image and likeness of God”.

From a Letter to Judge Hanna from Mrs Eddy

Using the Bible Lesson

You could incorporate the Bible Lesson into this by thinking of the subject or else a particular verse like the Golden Text.

Doing Watches.

A practice which seems to have been overlooked is that of doing “watches” where you focus on correcting your view of a specific topic.

You can use the Rosary by placing an affirmation of your corrected view in each section.

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