The "Seven Joys" is a devotion that recalls seven joyful episodes in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the Nativity of Jesus,
the Adoration of the Magi,
the Finding in the Temple,
the Resurrection of Jesus,
and finally, either or both the Assumption of Mary and the Coronation of the Virgin.
The practice originated among the Franciscans in 15th-century Italy. The themes resemble the 12th-century Gaudes, Latin praises that ask Mary to rejoice because God has favored her in various ways.
Among the Friars Minor, the promotion of this devotion is attributed to St. Bonaventure, Bl. Cherubin of Spoleto, St. John Capistran, Pelbart of Temesvár, and St. Bernadine of Siena to mention a few. St. Bernadine is also said to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary when he was meditating on the seven joys of Mary.