For some time now I have been looking for information regarding the traditional six-decade rosary of the Brigittines/Carmelites. After contacting communities from both Orders I haven’t had much luck. Besides a couple (literally only two, one from a Father Boyd, OCDS and from the Raccolta, with Father giving the most detail) of blurbs that have been reproduced ad nauseum on literally hundreds of websites, I’ve had no luck. Searching for PDFs of traditional Carmelite and Brigittine prayer books and manuals have showed no results.
So any help would be greatly appreciated.
I’m aware that the Brigittine rosary is composed of six decades (with the extra mysteries being The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, The Descent of Jesus from the Cross and The Patronage of the Blessed Virgin/The Blessed Virgin, Vision and Beauty of Carmel?), 7 Pater and 63 Ave and that the decades end in the Credo and not the Gloria Patri. But I’ve come across conflicting accounts of the 7th Pater and the 3 Ave. Are these said at the beginning of the rosary as in the Dominican method (and if so is the Credo said before these and the Gloria Patri said after them before commencing the decades?) or are they finished after completing the 6 decades? I’ve also came across odd comments that the Brigittine rosary involves no meditation, that it is strictly a vocal prayer. I’m not sure how much credence to give to these comments though… I can’t really imagine the Carmelites adopting something without meditation involved! And lastly I would like to know how the Brigittine rosary has traditionally been concluded. Salve Regina, Litanies, etc.
Besides all this any further information would be welcomed. More on the history of this form of the rosary and the like.