“Would you like to learn how to pray in a manner pleasing to me?” Our Lady asked.
The Franciscan Crown, known also as the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Mary, is more than a celebration of the Blessed Mother’s life with Jesus. It’s an endearing journey resplendent with everyday miracles.
How to pray the Franciscan Crown
Begin each decade with an Our Father and follow with ten Hail Mary’s. Then, at the end, pray two additional Hail Mary’s for a total of seventy-two, which represent the years Our Lady lived on earth. The Crown has no other prayers before, between, or after the decades, unless you count the sign of the cross before and after you say the rosary. So, wherever you are, please join us in prayer.
Ave Regina Caelorum
Hail, Queen of the heavens. Hail, Lady of the angels. Root of our salvation and our gateway to heaven, the light of the world was born to you. Be joyful, Virgin of glory, most beautiful of all in heaven. We greet you now, true beauty. Pray for us to Christ.
January 20, 2013
Mary can teach us kindness…. “They have no wine,” she told Jesus at Cana. Let us, like her, be aware of the needs of the poor, be they spiritual or material; and let us, like her, give generously of the love and grace we are granted (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta).
March 25, 2013
The Virgin Mary teaches us what it means to live in the Holy Spirit and what it means to accept the news of God in our life. She conceived Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit; and every Christian, each one of us, is called to accept the Word of God, to accept Jesus inside of us, and then to bring him to everyone (Pope Francis).
August 3, 2014
“A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than one that is cast down” (St. Philip Neri).
August 20, 2014
“Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son” (St. Bernard).
October 10, 2014
Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying; it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the heart of God; it obtains necessary graces! (St. Pio of Pietrelcina).
October 11, 2014
You must know that when you “hail” Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women, of whom there are so many. On the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you! (St. Bernardine of Siena).
October 7, 2015
The rosary is a very old devotion which has exercised an immeasurable influence. It is, above all, dear to pious people and belongs to their lives like the work they do and the bread they eat (Romano Guardini, The Rosary of Our Lady).
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!” No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more (Our Lady to St. Mechtilde).
December 8, 2015
“As sailors are guided by a star to the port, so are Christians guided to heaven by Mary” (St. Thomas Aquinas).
Immaculate Conception Cathedral – Brownsville, TX
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