The Secret of the Rosary - Seventh Rose

Seventh Rose - Crown of Roses

EVER SINCE Blessed Alan de la Roche re-established this
devotion the voice of the people, which is the voice of God,
called it the Rosary. The word Rosary means "Crown of
Roses," that is to say that every time people say the Rosary
devoutly they place a crown of one hundred and fifty-three
red roses and sixteen white roses upon the heads of Jesus
and Mary. Being heavenly flowers these roses will never
fade or lose their exquisite beauty.
Our Lady has shown her thorough approval of the name
Rosary; she has revealed to several people that each time
they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and
that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses.
The well-known Jesuit, Brother Alphonsus Rodriguez, used
to say his Rosary with such fervor that he often saw a red
rose come out of his mouth at each Our Father and a white
rose at each Hail Mary. The red and white roses were equal
in beauty and fragrance, the only difference being in their
The chronicles of Saint Francis tell of a young friar who had
the praiseworthy habit of saying the Crown of Our Lady (the
Rosary) every day before dinner. One day for some reason
or other he did not manage to say it. The refectory bell had
already been rung when he asked the Superior to allow him
to say it before coming to the table, and having obtained the
permission he withdrew to his cell to pray.
After he had been gone a long time the Superior sent another
Friar to fetch him, and he found him in his room bathed in a
heavenly light facing Our Lady who had two Angels with
her. Beautiful roses kept issuing from his mouth at each Hail
Mary; the Angels took them one by one, placing them on
Our Lady's head, and she smilingly accepted them.
Finally two other friars who had been sent to find out what
had happened to the first two saw the same lovely scene,
and Our Lady did not go away until the whole Rosary had
been said.
So the complete Rosary is a large crown of roses and the
Rosary of five decades is a little wreath of flowers or a small
crown of heavenly roses which we place on the heads of
Jesus and Mary. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the
Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most
important one.

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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