prayer bead prayers to recognize we are beloved of god

I used to be unable to believe that God loved me. I didn’t even love myself. I still don’t love myself. My problem isn’t that I don’t love my neighbor as myself, it’s that I don’t even love myself. I often don’t believe other people love me, either. These are prayers I wrote to be used on Anglican prayer beads so that I could remind myself that God loves me. I find that even if I don’t really believe something, if I know it to be true and pray it anyway, I end up believing it.

These prayers are for use on Episcopal/Anglican/Protestant prayer beads.

The first time around, on all of the weeks beads, you would pray the first set of weeks prayers. The second time around, on all the weeks beads, you would pray the second, etc. The same cruciform prayer is used without the entire three rounds.

In the name of the Lover,
the Beloved,
and Love itself

Invitatory (beginning)  
I acknowledge that you are love.
I acknowledge that you love me.

I believe I am beloved, help my unbelief.
I repent of any refusal to walk in my belovedness.

Weeks (1st)                        
I was created in your image with love, you love me.

Weeks (2nd)                       
I was created in your image with love, your presence in my life is constant.

Weeks (3rd)                        
I was created in your image with love, I am your beloved.

Invitatory (closing)        
Help me to walk as your beloved.
Nothing can separate me from your love:
my past sins, which you have forgiven
my suffering, for which you have been present
or anything else, either in this life or the life to come.
You love me and you are there.

Crucifix (closing)             
God, you created me.
Jesus, you redeem me.
Spirit, you sustain me.
I am loved.

Published by MaryClare StFrancis

MaryClare StFrancis is a writer who sounds as boring as hell but who is intimately acquainted with the horrific and the sacred. For a long time, darkness has been her friend, but she now walks in the light of Christ. As a committed Episcopalian, her main contribution to the church is her ability to make the priests facepalm or swear, depending on the day and context. MaryClare has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and lives in Mississippi with her four children.

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