The Franciscan Crown (or Seraphic Rosary) is a rosary consisting of seven decades in commemoration of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary: (1) the Annunciation, (2) the Visitation, (3) the Nativity of Jesus, (4) the Adoration of the Magi, (5) the Finding in the Temple, (6) the Resurrection of Jesus, and either or both (7) the Assumption of Mary and the Coronation of the Virgin.
Devotion to the seven joys of Mary is found in a variety of forms and communities. Especially popular with the Franciscans, Cistercians, and the Annunciades of St. Joan of France, the devotion has become the most heavily indulgenced devotion in the Church.
It is interesting to note that other rosaries require blessed beads to be used in order for any associated indulgences to be received, but that is not considered necessary for a Franciscan rosary.
Packaged in a plastic sleeve with an enclosure explaining the method for praying the devotion, this beautiful rosary was made in Italy out of walnut wood beads. It features a St. Damiano Crucifix and a medallion with an image of St. Francis of Assisi.
Measures 22” long.
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