by Saint Louis de Montfort
MONTFORT PUBLICATIONS, New York
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.
[Emphasis added.] 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 color.
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.
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