Ecumenical Miracle Rosary
The Ecumenical Miracle Rosary or "ecumenical rosary" is a set of prayers for ecumenical use associated with the Roman Catholic rosary. There are diverse styles of prayers, and a rosary is a kind of multidimensional prayer in which the central focus is a meditative contemplation of God's glory, while simultaneously, in words, confessing one's faith, praising God, or appealing for spiritual strength. The Ecumenical Miracle Rosary presents a core format whose theme is believed by its creator to be central to any Christian denomination. There are three conference calls to pray the Ecumenical Miracle rosary each year in Lent, Advent, and in the Summer.
Origins of the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary
The Ecumenical Miracle Rosary was placed on the web in early 1999, and was intended to bring all Christians together in prayer.
How the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary is prayed
The Ecumenical Miracle Rosary uses "miracles", listed below, instead of the mysteries of the traditional rosary. The Ecumenical Miracle Rosary uses.
A. Miraculous Healings (Prayed on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays from the first Advent Sunday until the Sunday before Ash Wednesday)
- Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant - (Luke 7:1-10 and Matthew 8:5-13)
- A Woman Touches Jesus' Garments - (Luke 8: 43-48 and Mark 5:25-34 and Matthew 9:20-22)
- Jesus Heals the Blind Man with Mud - (Mark 8:22-26)
- Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead - (John 11:17-44)
- Jesus Heals Ten Men with Leprosy - (Luke 17:11-19)
B. Miraculous Acts (Prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and the Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday)
- Jesus Turns Water into Wine (John 2:1-11)
- Jesus Calms the Storm (Matthew 8:18, 23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:22-25)
- Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:15-21 and Luke 9:12-17 and John 6:4-13 and Mark 6:35-44)
- Jesus Walks on Water (Mark 6:47-52 and Matthew 14:24-33 and John 6:16-21)
- The Withered Fig Tree (Mark 11:19-25 and Matthew 21:19-22
C. Miraculous Appearances (Prayed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Easter until the Sunday before the first Advent Sunday)
- Jesus Becomes Incarnate by the Holy Spirit from the Virgin Mary (Annunciation) (Luke 1:26-56)
- Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9 and Luke 9:28-36 and Mark 9:2-10)
- Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18 and Mark 16:9-11)
- Jesus Appears to Doubting Thomas (John 20:26-31)
- Jesus Appears to Paul (Acts 9:1-19)
Its prayers are different from the traditional rosary. They use the Nicene Creed rather than the Apostles Creed, "The Greatest Commandment" (see below) rather than the Hail Mary, and "The Great Commission" (see below) rather than the Glory Be. It ends with the Jesus Prayer.
The Greatest Commandment
"Sweet Jesus, I love you with all my heart and all my soul, Help me to serve my family, and everyone else I meet today."
This prayer attempts to capture what is written in scripture concerning Jesus' Greatest Commandment. It can be found in Matthew 22:34-40.
The Great Commission
"Oh my lord, I know that you are always with me, help me to obey your commandments. And lead me to share my faith with others, so that they may know you and love you."
This prayer attempts to capture what is written in scripture concerning the Great Commission. It can be found in Matthew 28:16-20.
The Jesus Prayer
"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy upon me, a sinner."
In addition, free brochures which describe how to pray the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary can be obtained from its website.
Reactions to the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary
Since the devotion's inception in 1999, many Catholics and Protestants have responded favorably to the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary; for example, many churches have held Ecumenical Rosary prayer sessions where the devotion has been prayed. These include Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, and Baptist churches. In addition, the official website hosts free conference calls during Advent, Lent, and Kingdomtide where participants pray the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary.
- Dennis Di Mauro (2012). "A Rosary for All Christians?". Paulist Fathers. Retrieved 5 November 2012. "Since February of 1999, the response to the site has been overwhelmingly positive among both Catholics and Protestants, and is still averaging about 2500 hits per day. The site has been translated into five other languages, offers free brochures of the devotion in English and Spanish, and conducts free telephone conference calls to pray the Ecumenical Rosary three times a year. It has also been favorably reviewed by the Dallas Morning News, Religion News, The Lutheran, US News & World Report, and many other news sources."
- History of the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary -http://www.ecumenicalrosary.org/important%20events.htm
- Rev. Chuck Kramer "Ecumenical Rosary" (in "Town and Church") Hyde Park Townsman July 24, 2003
- Chilson, Richard W. and John Kirvan. Meditation (Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice)(Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2004), 164. February 2004
- Kevin Eckstrom "Ecumenical Rosary" Religion News Service April 17, 2004
- Karen Herzog "Adapting the Rosary" Bismarck Tribune July 22, 2004
- Betsy Carter "Beads and Blessings" U.S. News and World Report Dec. 14, 2004
- Mary A. Jacobs "Worshippers Draw Bead on Rosary" Dallas Morning News Feb. 05, 2005
- Andrew Santella "Get Lent" Slate.com Feb. 28, 2006
- Chilson, Richard W. and John Kirvan. Prayer (Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice).(Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2006), 149. April 2006
- Blythe, Teresa. 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions And Times. (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2006), 91. April 1, 2006.
- Laurence, Michael J. God's Love Story: The Rosary As Protection. Bangor, ME: Booklocker, 2006), 134. April 30, 2006
- "The Growing Appeal of the Mother of Jesus" Religionlink.org, December 17, 2007, accessed from http://www.religionlink.org/tip_071217.php; INTERNET.
- Winston, Kimberly. Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads. (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2008), p. 40.
- Scaglia, Beatriz. Adorn Me: The Range and Beauty of Personal Jewelry (Rings, Necklaces, Body Piercings, Tiaras, Hair Pins, and More) (Webster's Digital Services, 2011), 172.
- Mr. Klingon's Mere Prayer (A tool for Praying the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary)- http://web.archive.org/web/20091026163526/http://geocities.com/mrklingon/prayer.html