At the Cape in 1867, Fr. Luc began the practice of blessing roses. Our Lady of the Cape bestowed many favours through this sacramental. In this video you will hear Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP, Promoter General of the Rosary, explain the Dominican practice followed by the blessing of roses in Latin.
Angelina and Fr. Roger Vandenakker, General Superior of the Companions of the Cross, discuss the priestly blessing of Roses. The video concludes with an historic blessing of roses at the Confraternity Altar at Our Lady of the Cape Shrine in 2019. Fr. Luc Desilets, as part of the renewal at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, blessed roses on the Confraternity Altar and distributed them leading to many prodigies. The Our Lady of the Cape audio story is available HERE
Rose Petal Drying Tips
Once I get the fresh roses, I do not put them in water. I do not let them sit for a few days. But immediately Cut off stems right at the rose and discard.
Then pluck the heads off the remainingstem which comes out with the stem and the seeds. I discard these.
Then I gently peel each rose petal, place it in a plastic container lined with a paper towel, side by side and each row has a paper towel in between
They usually dry within two weeks or so . After a few days, I check for any that are already dried, usually the top layers. This process can’t be rushed otherwise petals will mould in the plastic bags.
The completely dried rose petals I put in paper, lunch bags and mark on the bag. Not blessed, rose petals.
Usually wait a week or so before sealing the bags or putting in individual plastic bags.
After drying the rose petals and getting them blessed with the Dominican prayer for the blessing of roses, then you can put the blessed rose petals in little plastic bags and put a sticker with words "blessed" on it.