Fiat Rosary: Honoring the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7 Sep


Mary, Queen of Heaven

The term Fiat means, “Thy will be done”. Mary gave this response when an angel appeared and asked her to serve as the mother of God’s son, Jesus. The Fiat Rosary honors Mary’s willingness to serve God.


On September 7, 1984, the eve of the feast of the Nativity of Mary, lay missionary Veronica O’Brien looked for a way to honor Mary and remind everyone that Mary always said yes to whatever God asked. She developed the Fiat Rosary. The name Fiat was chosen in honor of the Fiat Movement encouraged by Cardinal Leon Suemen.


The Fiat Rosary has 9 groups of 3 beads. The Hail Mary prayer is said on these beads. The Our Father is said on the larger beads between each of the 9 groups. ( In the rosary shown, the Hail Mary is said on the pink beads and the Our Father is said on the white beads.) There are 9 groups of beads to honor the Mysteries of the Rosary. While praying the Fiat Rosary, one should reflect upon 3 Glorious Mysteries, 3 Joyful Mysteries, and 3 Sorrowful Mysteries. ( The Fiat Rosary was developed before Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries.)


The Fiat Rosary gained the approval of Pope John Paul II. It is especially appropriate to pray the Fiat Rosary on September 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



To learn more about unique rosaries, center medals, crosses, and crucifixes, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner. This 152 page hardcover book has 240 color photographs of unique religious articles. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available from the Catholic Faith Store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book stores and religious article stores.


Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, are often able to bring their collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations. To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about religious articles, contact them at




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