Praise and Prayers
The Franciscan Crown (The Rosary of Our Lady's Seven Joys)
Say the Rosary in this manner: Recite 1 Our Father, and 2 Hail Mary's. Then for each of the Seven Decades, recite the Mystery, 1 Our Father and 10 Hail Mary's, followed by the Glory be. At the end of the Seventh Decade, two more Hail Mary's are said. The Seven Mysteries are the Seven Joys of Our Lady:
- The Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary at Nazareth
- The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth
- The Birth of Jesus Christ in the grotto of Bethlehem
- The Adoration of the Child Jesus by the Three Holy Magi
- The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple by the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph
- The Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Morning
- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi for Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
STIR UP Stir up within thy Church
STIR UP Stir up within thy Church, o Lord, the spirit which our holy father Francis obeyed, that therewith we too may be filled and may strive to love what he loved and may put into practice what he taught. We beseech thee, O Lord, give us stability and perseverance in thy service, that this thy Family may be increased in virtue and in number, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
The 2nd prayer that Francis wrote about Mary is the Antiphon from the Office of the Passion.
Holy Virgin Mary, there is no one like you among the women in the world. You are the Daughter and the handmade of the most high, supreme King and of the Father in heaven, You are the Mother of our most Holy Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us with St. Michael the Archangel, and all the powers of heaven and all the saints to your holy beloved Son, our Lord and Master.