The Litanies of Loreto mention many titles of Our Lady, but among them is the flower; mystical rose. Truly, the rose is the queen of all flowers, and there is something in the heavenly arrangement of its petals and its color, there is something in its fragrance and symmetry, in the modesty of its green leaves, that makes it special.

It is a flower that conquers the heart at almost every stage of its growth, even when it is a bud. As it grows, its petals gradually open as a sign, so to speak, of the blossoming of the lover’s love for the beloved.

Mary, God’s most beautiful creation, is truly a “rose incarnate”, specially chosen for God’s garden. There is no rose that can compare to it and it made heaven even more beautiful.

But if you call her a rose, white is the color of her purity; gold, the hue of her royal family; red, the shade of her suffering.

A rose grows from a thorn stalk and in the heart of this flower was formed the red color of her son’s cross. Indeed, without thorns, a rose is not a rose, and without the thorns of great suffering, Mary could not become the Mystical Rose of God’s Paradise.

Mary appears as “Rosa Mystica” in Montichiari

Montichiali with the suburb of Fontanelle is a small town in northern Italy, about twenty kilometers from Brescia, the episcopal city.

It is located in front of the Italian Alps in the fertile plain of the Po River. On the hill is the old castle of St. Mary and the venerable church of St. Pancrasia.

The first apparition

Pierina Gilli was born on August 3, 1911 in Montichiari and worked as a nurse in the hospital there. The dear Mother of Christ appeared to her for the first time in the hospital room, in the spring of 1947.

The lady, a beautiful woman, wore a purple dress and a white veil around her head. She was very sad, her eyes were full of tears that fell on the floor. Her chest was pierced with three great swords. Our Lady said: “Prayer, penance, repentance” and remained silent.

Second apparition

June 13, 1947 Our Lady appeared again in the hospital early one Sunday morning. This time she was dressed in white and instead of three swords she had three roses: white, red and gold.

Pierina Gilli asked her: “Please tell me who you are.” Our Lady smiled and answered: “I am the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of you.”

Here she paused, then continued:

“Our Lord sends me to bring a new Marian devotion for all male and female institutions, religious orders and secular priests. I promise those religious institutions, orders and secular priests who worship me in this a special way of my protection, an increase in spiritual vocations, fewer failed vocations and great sanctity among the servants of God. I want the 13th of the month to be celebrated as Mary’s day.”

With an expression of great joy, she continued: “On this day, I will send an abundance of grace and great holiness to these religious institutions, members of orders and secular priests who have honored me in this way. I want July 13 every year to be celebrated in honor of the ‘Rose Mystica’, the mystical rose.”

Pierina asked if she would perform a miracle. Our Lady answered: “The most obvious miracle will be pious souls, who for some time, especially during the last war, became lukewarm, so that they were unfaithful or even betrayed their calling and will stop seriously offending our Lord. With great insults, they brought punishment and exile on the Church, but then the original spirit of their holy founders will flourish again.”

With these words, the conversation ended. Now Our Lady explained to Pierina the meaning of the three swords and the three roses. A touching explanation that should be taken very seriously!

The first sword means the loss of a priestly or religious title. The second sword signifies priests, monks and nuns who live in mortal sin. The third sword signifies the priests and monks who committed Judas’ betrayal. Renouncing their calling, they often lose faith, eternal bliss and become enemies of the Church.

The white rose means the spirit of prayer. The red rose means the spirit of penance and sacrifice. A yellow or golden rose means the spirit of penance.