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The Catholic Defender: The Virgin Mary the Mysticle Rose,The Morning Star

Here, when we say that Our Lady is a “Mystical Rose,” we mean she is like a rose. The title "Mystical Rose" expresses well the fact that Mary was without spot or blemish. She was consecrated wholly to the Lord, her soul exhaled without ceasing, and her life was an exquisite perfume as of a sweet rose.

Through Mary's Immaculate Conception, God set her apart for Himself, as one would cherish the prettiest flower in the garden. Because of that, we call her "Mystical Rose."

Three colours are especially consecrated to Mary: white roses as symbols of her joys, red roses as emblems of her sufferings, and yellow (golden) roses as heralds of her glories. Roses have shown up in some of the miraculous Marian apparitions that people worldwide have reported.

the title of Morning Star is given to the Blessed Mother of our Lord. Just as the morning star announces the coming of the day, appearing in the sky and reflecting the light of the sun, "Mary appeared on the horizon of salvation history before Christ,"1 and shows us the way to Him.

the rose represents Mary as Queen of Heaven. Holy Mary calls for "Prayer, sacrifice, repentence."

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for the Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, ever Virgin Mary, and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, of sweet hope ...

Approved by the local bishop, the message shared by our Lady is one of healing and restoration through prayer, sacrifice, and penance. Her message holds true for pilgrims of all walks of life, with a special focus for priests and consecrated souls.

Since antiquity the rose was considered a symbol of mystery, for early Christians the rose is a visual expression for paradise (Catacombs of Callixtus, third century) but also for martyrdom

The lily of the valley was a symbol of the Virgin Mary because of its pure white flowers, sweet smell and humble appearance. It symbolized Mary's Immaculate Conception and represented the purity of body and soul by which Mary found favor with God.

Pink is associated with purity. The yellow rose stands for honour bestowed on Mary and triumphant glory. A red rose and a white rose side by side in a flower arrangement symbolize the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Mary, typified as the Mystical Bride of Christ by the Church Fathers, was given the titles of Mystical Rose, Rose of Sharon, Lily-of-the-Valley, and Garden Enclosed.

Roses represent the Virgin Mary. Roses were associated with Mary from early times. The thirteenth century Saint Dominic is credited with spreading the familiar devotion called the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a series of prayers to Our Lady, symbolised by garlands of roses worn in Heaven.


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