7-Decade Franciscan (Seraphic) Rosary

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7-Decade Franciscan Rosary with St. Francis medal and wooden beads.

The Franciscan Crown, or "Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary" -- also known as the "Seraphic Rosary" -- is a 7-decade Rosary that focuses on the 7 Joys of Mary. It's an ancient Franciscan sacramental that has its origins in A.D. 1422. It originally consisted of one Our Father and 10 Hail Mary in honor of each of her Seven Joys -- the Annunciation; Visitation; Nativity; Adoration of the Magi; Finding Jesus in the Temple; Resurrection; and Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin.

Seven decades of 10 Hail Marys equal 70 Hail Marys, but two more were later added to make the total equal to seventy-two, the number of years that Our Lady is said to have lived on earth.

One may also add a Pater, Ave, and Gloria at the very end for the intentions of the Holy Father.


Dimensions & Specifications

  • Approx. 27 " long
  • 7mm x 5mm beads

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  • 5 Jul 6th 2020
    7 Decade Franciscan Seraphic Rosary

    Beautiful craftsmanship Mysteries are wonderfully expressed for our Holy Mother


  • 4 Apr 16th 2018
    Rosary Contemplation

    This rosary lends a more complex meditation side to the standard rosary most Catholics pray. It offers me a chance to prayerfully work on my meditation of the rosary in a different and extended way. I like the addition.

    Christian Goodman

  • 5 Jan 21st 2016
    7-Decade Franciscan rosary

    This rosary is beautiful. I love FRANCISCAN rosaries, and this one is beautiful. Catholic Company is my number one choice when shopping for rosaries or ant or he religious items. They're the best, and I higly recommend them. The staff is professional and courteous, and their customer service is second to none; I highly recommend them.

    Brian Donnelly

  • 5 Jan 18th 2016
    7 Joys of Mary Rosary

    A friend introduced me to the Seven Joys of Mary devotion so I immediately went in search of a 7 joys of Mary rosary. When I opened the package the day this rosary came, I was a little disappointed that it was so lightweight; HOWEVER, I soon discovered it is well made and feels good in the hand. The medals and crucifix on it are of good quality. I have been using it for about three weeks now and am very pleased with it. I expect to use it a lifetime!


  • 5 Dec 8th 2015
    Good Purchase

    The rosary is beautiful, well made, and feels good as your fingers slide along during prayer. It has a healthy weight and the beads are spaced well. The color is as shown and I like the wood texture.

    Judith Hool

  • 5 Mar 26th 2015
    7 Decade Franciscan Rosary

    I love this rosary. Also known as the Franciscan Crown Rosary, this rosary is perfect to pray the Seven Joys of Mary. The simplicity and beauty of this rosary is accentuated by the wooden beads and the Cross of San Damiano.

    Constancio Soto

  • 4 Mar 25th 2014
    7-Decade Franciscan (Seraphic) Rosary

    This is a beautiful Rosary. As a Franciscan, I carry this one with me always. It will be used often, and plan to order more for prospective and new Franciscans.

    Margaret Sidney

  • 5 Mar 28th 2012
    Beautiful in its simplicity

    I use it as a rosary l love the imagery on it and the wooden beads. The San Damiano cross is the same as the one hanging in my church. I have an affinity for St Francis. Nothing bad, no complaints. Pros: Beautiful


  • 5 Jan 30th 2012
    Great addition to my prayer time.

    I am very happy with the service of delivering and ordering. My rosary is gorgeous and I am very proud to be the owner of this well designed, beautiful rosary.


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