THE BRIGITTINE ROSARY
|It is well known that Saint Teresa of Jesus/Avila prayed
the Rosary daily. It is believed that while she was traveling throughout
Spain, she enjoyed the hospitality of at least one Brigittine Monastery,
and from the Brigittines, learned to say their six-decade Rosary. The
six-decade Rosary was later adopted as the Rosary of the Discalced Carmelite
habit, with a large medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in addition to,
or even in place of, the crucifix found on the Dominican Rosary. Only
six of the eighteen decades are worn, as opposed to the entire fifteen
decades of the Dominican Rosary, worn with the religious habits of some
The Brigittine (or "Saint Bridget") Rosary looks similar to a regular Rosary, but with an extra decade. The resultant seven Pater beads honor the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the sixty-three Ave Maria beads commemorate the sixty-three years it is believed the Blessed Mother lived on this earth before her Assumption. In praying the Brigittine Rosary, there are a total of eighteen decades: In the six Joyful Mysteries, the first is the Immaculate Conception; the sixth of the Sorrowful Mysteries commemorates when the Body of the Lord was placed in the Arms of His Sorrowful Mother; and the sixth of the Glorious Mysteries is recited in honor of the Patronage of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace (and, for the Carmelite, Mary, Queen and Beauty of Carmel). The other mysteries are the same as in the Dominican Rosary. However, at the end of each decade, the Apostles Creed, not the Glory be, is recited.
Special Blessing for the Brigittine Rosary P: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. P: The Lord be with you. All: May He also be with you. P: Let us pray.
Almighty and merciful God, who, out of exceeding love for us,
willed that Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, come
down from heaven to earth for our salvation taking flesh at the
angel's message in the sacred womb of the blessed Virgin, in
order to snatch us from Satan's tyranny; we humbly beg You in
Your boundless goodness to bless + and to hallow + these
rosaries, which your faithful Church has consecrated to the honor
and praise of the Mother of Your Son. Let them be endowed with
such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever carries one on his
person, or recites it, or reverently keeps it in his home, may
always and everywhere be shielded from every foe and adversity,
may gain the indulgences granted by the holy Roman Church, and at
their death deserve to be presented to You by the blessed Virgin,
laden with the merits of good works; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.P: May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever. All: Amen. Then the beads are sprinkled with holy water.