Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Franciscan Crown

Below are 5 authoritatively accurate lists of the Seven Joys of Mary compiled from the web. As it turns out only four joys are in full agreement:

1) The Annunciation
2) The Visitation
3) The Nativity
7) The Assumption

The other six are a matter of choice:
The Adoration by the Magi – either in No 3 or No 4.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – either No 4 or No 5 or not at all.
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – either No 5 or not at all.
The Appearance of Christ to Mary after the Resurrection – either No 6 or not at all.
The Resurrection – either No 6 or not at all.
The Coronation of Mary – either in No 7 or not at all.

The only one our handout follows is list No 3 and even there you must add:
The Purification of the Blessed Virgin – either in No 4 or not at all.

I bring this up because I think we as a fraternity need to decide how we will participate in the prayer of the Church. Guidelines are meant to keep us on course and give expression to our love and adoration of the risen Christ. And I think I have demonstrated here that even when saying the Crown there is no hard and fast way to say it. Frankly I like the first list because it personalizes the Resurrection to Mary.

The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Adoration of the Magi
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
The Appearance of Christ to Mary after the Resurrection
The Assumption and Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven

The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity
The Adoration by the Magi
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
The Resurrection
The Assumption and Coronation


The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity And Adoration Of The Magi
The Presentation
The Finding Jesus In The Temple
The Resurrection
The Assumption

The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity
The Adoration by the Magi
The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
The Resurrection
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven and Her Coronation as Queen of Heaven

The Annunciation of the angel Gabriel of Mary
The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus
The Adoration of the Magi/Epiphany
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus
The Assumption & Coronation of Mary

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