Not to worry, though -- thanks to collaborating with other Rosary-makers, we determined that it'd take about 23-1/2 feet of twine (if you're new to Rosary-making, you may wanna up it to 24). So, I was able to knot up a few of these for some of my Franciscan brothers and sisters, and one for myself, too!
Here's how they turned out (click for a larger picture):
I'd have preferred to use brown, but, alas, didn't have enough on hand. So, I used Tranquility, and finished it off with a San Damiano crucifix.
A bit o' background: The Franciscan Crown dates to the 1400s and was promoted by a young novice friar to honor the 7 joys of Mary. It consists of 7 decades of Hail Marys, each preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory Be. I've seen slightly different instructions out there on praying it, but the way I'm familiar with, and was taught as a novice (candidate), is:
- To Start: Begin with the sign of the cross, which is then followed by 7 decades, each consisting of 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and 1 Glory Be. (There is no Creed or opening prayers.)
- To End: At the end of the 7 decades, conclude with 2 additional Hail Marys (in honor of the tradition of the 72 years of Mary's life), followed by 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Gloria for the intentions of our Holy Father.
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Nativity
- The Visit of the Magi
- Finding Jesus in the Temple
- The Resurrection
- The Assumption and Coronation of Mary
And to finish things off, here are a couple of helpful resources on the Franciscan Crown for further reading, iffin' you're interested: