Franciscan Crown (brown cord & wood cross)

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From Little Portion Hermitage

Hand-knotted at the Hermitage founded by John Michael Talbot (the world's top-selling Catholic recording artist). This seven-decade Franciscan Crown is made with brown cord and finished with a colorful wood San Damiano crucifix (1 3/4" tall). Includes history and instructions on reciting the Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin, which dates back to the 15th century.

Little Portion Hermitage: Berryville, Arkansas

The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage were founded by Catholic musician John Michael Talbot. Following two albums recorded for Sparrow Records in 1976 and 1977, and intrigued by the life of St. Francis of Assisi, he began studying at a Franciscan retreat center and joined the Secular Franciscans in 1978. A year later he started a house of prayer, The Little Portion, and planned to live as a hermit. But, he says, "People asked for more recordings, and I began doing a music ministry." In 1982 he, along with six others, moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and founded The Little Portion Hermitage.

Today The Brothers and Sisters of Charity has about 40 members in Arkansas and another 500 worldwide. The Brothers and Sisters of Charity is the only community of its kind in North America with canonical status from the Catholic Church. It has been formally recognized as a Public Association of the Faithful and is one of 10 communities around the globe to encompass celibate brothers and sisters, as well as single people, married couples and families. Though the latter are permitted greater latitude, the essentials are the same. All take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience appropriate for their state of life. After a devastating fire in 2008, a new chapel and associated buildings were built, and in 2013 the Little Portion Bakery was founded by John Michael's wife Viola Talbot to make wholesome, tasty, and healthful products.

Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin


This rosary contains seven decades, known as the Seven Joys of the Blessed Mother.

According to Fr. Luke Wadding, in the year 1422 our Lady instructed a saintly young friar how to pray the Seven Joys. Before fully entering into the Franciscan Order, this young novice was accustomed to placing a crown of flowers on a statue of the Blessed Virgin. After being told he would not be allowed to do this act of devotion any longer, he decided to leave the Order.

Our Blessed Lady appeared to him and asked him not to leave the Order. She told him he could please her more by reciting these seven decades daily. This would be giving her a crown of her Seven Joys.

He immediately commenced praying this new crown, and eventually many other Franciscans began to practice this devotion.

It also became customary for them to pray three additional prayers for our Holy Father in Rome. This is why the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Mary also became known as the Franciscan Crown. Not long after beginning this devotion, this young friar received such blessings that he became a model of perfection. Upon his death he was seen ascending into heaven surrounded by roses and lilies into the arms of the Blessed Virgin.

After this, St. Bernardine was known to recite the crown daily. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him and encouraged him to recite the crown, for she was well pleased. She would obtain from her Son the gifts of preaching and working of miracles to be given to him in return for praying these joys of her life and her son's life. He would also partake of her joys in heaven. He often said that all the graces and blessing he received were due to staying true to this devotion.

St. Leonard of Port Maurice earnestly asked the faithful to recite the crown daily such as he did.


To pray the Seven Joys, you start the first mystery without any introductory prayers by reciting one Our Father and ten Hail Marys while meditating on the seven mysteries or joys.

These are the mysteries that our Blessed Lady declared as Seven Joys in her life:

1. The angel Gabriel announces to Mary the Incarnation of our coming Redeemer.
2. The joy Mary felt on visiting her cousin Elizabeth.
3. Mary's supreme happiness on giving birth to the Savior without pain or loss of her virginity.
4. Her joy when the Magi were in adoration of her Divine Son.
5. The joy of the Blessed Mother upon finding her Child Jesus in the temple after searching for him for three days.
6. Mary beholding her glorious risen Son on Easter Sunday.
7. Our blessed Lady is assumed into and crowned Queen of Heaven.

Later on it becomes customary to pray two more Hail Marys in honor of the 72 years she lived on this earth. It also became customary to pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Nihil Obstat: Fr. David Eckelkamp, O.F.M., Censor Librorum

Imprimi Potest: Rev. Kurt Hartrich, O.F.M.

St. Louis, Missouri
June 19, 1996

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When I saw this I knew it to be a good present for two of our members to be professed into the Secular Franciscan Order. The story behind the rosary was very meaningful and something to share. Hand Made It is beautiful.
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beautiful item
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