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The Seven Joys of the Most Holy Virgin Mary
The Seven Joys of the Most Holy Virgin Mary
The Seven Joys of the Most Holy Virgin Mary
 
 
 


Altarpiece of the Seven Joys of Mary by Unknown Master, German, the painter is referred to as the master of the Holy Family; c. 1480; Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; www.wga.hu
 
The Franciscan Crown - a precious devotion so rich in indulgences

Excerpt from The Manual of the Third order of St. Francis of Assisi, vol. 1 by the Franciscan Third Order

Its origin is as follows: about the year 1420, a young man, deeply devoted to Our Lady, took the habit of Saint Francis. Before joining the Order he had, among other practices, been accustomed daily to make a chaplet of flowers, and with it to crown a statue of the Blessed Virgin.

Having, in his novitiate, no longer an opportunity of making this crown for his Most Beloved Queen, he, in his simplicity, thought that she would withdraw her affection from him; this temptation of the devil disturbed his vocation, and he resolved to abandon the cloister. The merciful Mother appeared to him, and gently rebuking him strengthened him in his vocation by telling him to offer her, instead of the chaplet of flowers, a crown much more pleasing to her, composed of seventy-two Ave Marias with a Pater after each decade of Ave Marias, and to meditate at each decade upon the Seven Joys she had experienced during the seventy-two years of her exile upon the earth.

The novice immediately commenced reciting the new crown or rosary, and derived therefrom many spiritual and temporal graces. This pious practice quickly spread through the whole Order, and even throughout the world; the Roman Pontiffs granted divers indulgences to those who recited this crown, in addition to the plenary indulgence which was for the Franciscans only. This devotion became very popular under different names: some called it the Crown of the Madonna, as if to mark its excellence; others, the Crown of the Franciscans, on account of its origin; and others lastly, the Crown of the Seven Joys, because of the mysteries meditated upon during its recitation.


Saint Bernardine of Sienna used to say that it was by the Crown of the Seven Joys that he had obtained all the graces which Heaven has heaped upon him. Is not this a stimulant for us to resolve on embracing with fervour this holy practice?



 
 
 
 
 


Altarpiece of the Seven Joys of Mary by Unknown Master, German, the painter is referred to as the master of the Holy Family; c. 1480; Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; www.wga.hu
 
The Franciscan Crown - a precious devotion so rich in indulgences

Excerpt from The Manual of the Third order of St. Francis of Assisi, vol. 1 by the Franciscan Third Order

Its origin is as follows: about the year 1420, a young man, deeply devoted to Our Lady, took the habit of Saint Francis. Before joining the Order he had, among other practices, been accustomed daily to make a chaplet of flowers, and with it to crown a statue of the Blessed Virgin.

Having, in his novitiate, no longer an opportunity of making this crown for his Most Beloved Queen, he, in his simplicity, thought that she would withdraw her affection from him; this temptation of the devil disturbed his vocation, and he resolved to abandon the cloister. The merciful Mother appeared to him, and gently rebuking him strengthened him in his vocation by telling him to offer her, instead of the chaplet of flowers, a crown much more pleasing to her, composed of seventy-two Ave Marias with a Pater after each decade of Ave Marias, and to meditate at each decade upon the Seven Joys she had experienced during the seventy-two years of her exile upon the earth.

The novice immediately commenced reciting the new crown or rosary, and derived therefrom many spiritual and temporal graces. This pious practice quickly spread through the whole Order, and even throughout the world; the Roman Pontiffs granted divers indulgences to those who recited this crown, in addition to the plenary indulgence which was for the Franciscans only. This devotion became very popular under different names: some called it the Crown of the Madonna, as if to mark its excellence; others, the Crown of the Franciscans, on account of its origin; and others lastly, the Crown of the Seven Joys, because of the mysteries meditated upon during its recitation.


Saint Bernardine of Sienna used to say that it was by the Crown of the Seven Joys that he had obtained all the graces which Heaven has heaped upon him. Is not this a stimulant for us to resolve on embracing with fervour this holy practice?





The Seven Joys of Mary by Lucas Cranach, the elder, 1472-1553; http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/4049
 
 
 
The Crown of the Seven Joys of the Holy Virgin Mary

The Crown of the Seven Joys of the Holy Virgin Mary

The Crown of the Seven Joys of the Holy Virgin Mary

To begin, make the sign of the Holy Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

V. O God, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. Amen

The First Joy of Mary at her Annunciation and Divine Maternity (Saint Luke 1: 26-33, 38)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Second Joy of Mary at her Visit to her cousin, Saint Elizabeth (Saint Luke 1: 39-45)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Third Joy of Mary at the Birth of Jesus (Luke 2: 6-12)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Fourth Joy of Mary on the Adoration of the Magi Kings (Saint Matthew 2: 1-2, 10-11)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Fifth Joy of Mary on Finding Jesus in the Temple, after having lost Him, where He was disputing with the doctors (Saint Luke 2: 41-50)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Sixth Joy of Mary at the glorious Resurrection of her Divine Son (Saint Mark 16: 1-7)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Seventh Joy of Mary on her Assumption into heaven, in body and in soul (Saint Luke 1: 46-55)
Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Gloria Patri.


Two Hail Marys are still further prayed; and then an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the Sovereign Pontiff.

The Rosary is concluded with the following prayers:



V. In thy Conception, O Virgin Mary, thou was immaculate.
R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son thou didst bring forth.

Let us pray

O God, who did prepare for Thy Son a worthy habitation, by the Immaculate Conception, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we beseech Thee that, as Thou didst preserve her from every stain of sin, through the merits of the preordained atonement of Jesus Christ, so Thou would grant that we also may come without spot to Thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen




Madonna and Child by Sandro Botticelli (b. 1445-d. 1510); 1470-75; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
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OUR FATHER

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.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.