*NOTE: FIAT's website states that Pope John Paul II supportedthe movement, which is a voluntary association with a spiritual program that links the Holy Spirit and Mary.
This rosary originated from a spiritual experience by Veronica O'Brien during the night between 7 and 8 September, the feast of the Nativity of Mary, in 1984. Here is the account she herself gave the following day to Cardinal Suenens :
The FIAT Rosary is an abbreviated form of the standard five-decade rosary to honor our Blessed Mother and her FIAT to God. As you can see from the photos above, the rosary beads used to pray this devotion are a little different than what we are familiar with.
As I mentioned before, the Fiat Rosary is shorter than the classical or Dominican rosary (It takes around eight minutes to get through it). It includes only parts of the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries, and comprises fewer Hail Marys.
The rosary starts with the Fiat Prayer, which introduces the recitation of the rosary. It brings together for our meditation the Holy Spirit and Mary. It sums up marvelously the contemplative and apostolic life to which each Christian is called.
In the name of the Father,
Grant that we may be
So as to live
We pray for: the Church …, the World…, intentions …
Now continue with the rosary...
Joyful Mysteries - represent God the Father at work: the grain of wheat must be sown.
Annunciation (three Hail Marys and Glory Be)
Sorrowful Mysteries - show God the Son at work: the grain of wheat must die.
Agony (three Hail Marys and Glory Be)
Glorious Mysteries - manifest God the Spirit at work: the grain of wheat must bear fruit.
Resurrection (three Hail Marys and Glory Be)
St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family,
O Mary teach us to say YES to the Lord,
NOTE: Don't fret if you don't have a FIAT Rosary. You can pray with the ordinary Rosary using only the first three decades. The first ten Hail Marys would be on the Joyful Mysteries, the second decade would be on the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the third, on the Glorious Mysteries. During each decade, you may focus on any one of the mysteries, e.g. the Nativity, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection respectively.
So there you have it...the original Fiat Rosary. An updated version complete with diagram, and including the mysteries of light is available at FIAT Spirituality USA's website.