The Franciscan Crown is a special Rosary consisting of seven decades. It is also known as the Seraphic Rosary. In the early fifteenth century, a young man with a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary used to weave a crown of wildflowers to place on a beautiful statue of the Blessed Mother. When this young man decided to enter the Franciscan Order, he was saddened that, as a novice, he no longer would be able to go out and gather the flowers required for his personal devotion. He even thought about leaving the order. One evening, while he was having these thoughts, the Blessed Mother appeared to him in a vision. She encouraged him to remain in his new vocation, and reminded him of the joyfulness of the Franciscan spirit.
She explained to him that he could still weave a crown for her, only it would be a crown of prayers, instead of flowers. This would be even more pleasing to her than a crown of wildflowers. She told him that he should meditate on seven joyful events in her life, and that this would be a new form of Rosary. The young novice began to pray in this manner, other Franciscans followed him, and in 1422, the Crown Rosary was established as an official prayer of the Franciscan Order. It is used by all three of the Franciscan Orders (first order, second order, and third order regular and secular).