Brigittine or Carmelite Rosary

Today is the feast of St. Bridget (Brigitta) of Sweden, of “Fifteen Prayers” fame.  It is also, on the Carmelite Calendar, the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace (hence the feast of my wife, Mary Grace).

Interestingly, both the Brigittines and the Carmelites traditionally prayed a 6-decade Rosary.  The 6 decade rosaries themselves are fairly common–and you may have noticed them on statues of Carmelite saints.  However, the exact nature of the six-decade rosary is somewhat up for debate.  Supposedly, it’s 63 Hail Marys for the 63 years of Mary’s life on earth.  Oddly enough, the “Franciscan Crown” is 72 Hail mary’s and claims that Our Lady lived 72 years on earth.  Go figure.

Anyway, for both Orders, today it would seem appropriate to offer the six-decade Rosary.

I have heard both “Immaculate Conception” and “Veneration of the magi” for Joyful, but here’s the list of mysteries according to this post on Catholic Answers, and I’ve created my own six decade Luminous Mysteries (easily enough since, before they were officially announced, rumors had either Palm Sunday or Holy Thursday as the fith)

Joyful Mysteries:

1.  The Immaculate Conception
2.  The Annunciation
3.  The Visitation
4. The Nativity
5.  The Presentation
6.  The Finding in the Temple

Luminous Mysteries:
1.  The Baptism by John
2.  The Wedding at Cana
3.  The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4.  The Transfiguration
5.  The Entry into Jerusalem
6.  The Institution of the Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1.  Gethsemane
2. The Scourging
3. The Crowning of Thorns
4. The Way of the Cross
5.  The Crucifixion
6.  The Pieta

Glorious Mysteries
1. Resurrection
2. Ascension
3. Pentecost
4. Assumption
5.  Queenship
6.  Patronage of Mary/the Vision of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

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8 responses to “Brigittine or Carmelite Rosary

  1. Thank you! I love the Brigittine Rosary and I’m grateful for the research on the extra decade on the Luminous Mysteries.

  2. I have read on other websites that St. Teresa of Jesus loved to say the Brigittine rosary and that later it was adopted as the habit Rosary of the Discalced Carmelites. Only six of the 18 decades are worn, though, unlike the 15 decades of the Dominican rosary. The only reference made is to a “Fr. Boyd”. Does anyone know who Fr. Boyd is ? or is the Brigittine rosary referred to in any of St. Teresa’s works?

    • Is it Peggy who is looking for a Fr. Boyd?
      I have been in touch with a Fr. Boyd who is OCDS. Would that be the same Fr. Boyd who had bloged the Carmelite Propers? Is this who you are referring too?

  3. That would explain the Carmelite connection.
    It’s generally well accept that, at least before Vatican II, Carmelites used the 6 decade Rosary. Whether the Carmelite version was identical to Brigittine, and/or which came first is, as I understand it, a matter of much debate, and there isn’t much documentation.

  4. For the Joyfull Mysteries one could leave out the immaculate conception and have the annunciation as the first and the Circumcision and Naming og Jesus as the fourth.

    Best Regards
    Robert

  5. Good point, Robert. I’ve also seen the Visit of the Magi as the Fourth.

  6. Additional options for the Luminous Mysteries of the Brigittine Rosary as prayed by cloistered OCD nuns and many Secular Carmelite comunities:

    1 The hidden life at Nazareth
    2.The Baptism of Jesus
    3. The Wedding at Cana
    4. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
    5. The Transfiguration
    6. The Institution of the Eucharist

    Given by a Secular Carmlelite (over 30 years OCDS)

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