The Our Lady of Joy picture with light honours the seven joys of Mary. Also, it is a new and unique image of Mary.
The Franciscan Crown to Our Lady of Joy has been called the Franciscan Rosary, or the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Our Lady. In addition, the “Seven Joys” is a devotion that recalls seven joyful episodes in the life of Mary. The practice originated among the Franciscans in early 15th-century Italy. In it the themes ask Mary to rejoice because God has favoured her in various ways.
The Franciscan Crown is a rosary consisting of seven decades in commemoration of the Seven Joys of the Virgin. The joys are namely, the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity and the visit of the Magi. Also, the Finding in the Temple, the Resurrection and the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.
Devotion to the seven joys of Mary is found in a variety of forms and communities. Moreover, it is especially popular with the Franciscans, the Cistercians and the followers of St. Joan of France. The devotion was granted many indulgences by different Popes. It became the most heavily indulgenced devotion in the Church. Also, it was unnecessary for a Franciscan rosary to have been blessed or even to use beads at all in specific instances.
In 1134 three Knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem were prisoners of the Muslims in Egypt. They miraculously found or received in their prison, a statue of Our Lady, which they named Our Lady of Joy.
A young Muslim princess named Ismerie took an interest in the Knights in response to their prayers. Consequently, through the intercession of Our Lady and the mercy of God, she was converted. She then arranged the escape of the pious crusaders and joined them on their journey to France. They carried the statue with them. In the region of Laon; they founded a church as a resting place for the image of Our Lady of Joy.