Traditionally, the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 27. The Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin, listed below, are part of the Franciscan Crown Rosary, which as tradition states was founded by a Franciscan novice in the early fifteenth century after the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him.
The holy young man before entering the cloister would place flowers at the statue of the Blessed Virgin, a practice that continued during his time as a novice. For some reason that is unknown, the young man decided to leave the cloister and return the world. This decision caused the young man to be melancholic. In spite of this, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the young man teaching him to pray a rosary focusing on her seven joys and telling him not to exit the Franciscan order.
As the young man was prayerfully engaged in this new devotion, after Our Lady appeared to him, his Novice Master witnessed him and saw a vision of an angel weaving a wreath of 10 roses. After each wreath of 10 roses, the angel would insert a lily. After the wreath was complete, the angel placed the crown of roses upon the head of the novice.
After explaining the devotion to the Novice Master, who demanded to be told what he was seeing, they shared the vision with the other Franciscans, who then began to recite the Franciscan Crown of Our Lady’s Joys. It became a favorite devotion for the Franciscan friars.
The Seven Joys of Mary are:
1. The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary
2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
3. The Nativity of Our Lord
4. The Adoration of the Magi
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
6. The Resurrection of Our Lord
7. The Crowning of Our Lady, Mary, in Heaven as Queen
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