Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Rose and the Precious Blood of Christ

In the traditional calendar, today, July 1, is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us will pray the Litany of the Precious Blood daily throughout the month of July and will honor this aspect of Our Divine Savior in some special way in the sacred spaces in our homes.

While many Catholics are aware of the symbolism of the rose in relation to the Virgin Mary, fewer may be aware that Our Lord's Precious Blood is also symbolized by the rose:
"Albert Magnus . . wrote of 'the rose made red by the blood of Christ in his passion' and described Christ as the rose of Jericho blossoming in the resurrection,' A popular guide to rosary devotion similarly alluded to the rosary as crimson 'because the Precious Blood of Our Lord has fallen upon it.' In medieval texts, 'Christ is the rosebush,' 'each drop of his precious blood is like one of its blossoms,' his blood is 'rose colored,' and his wounds correspond to the rose's petals' . The rose represents Christ's wounded sacred heart, the cup that collects his spilled blood and the resurrection as a blood-red blossoming out of death."
A relationship between Christ's blood and the rose is also found in the title and first line of Joseph Mary Plunkett's poem, I See His Blood Upon the Rose.

The blog Holy Cards for Your Inspiration has a lovely Precious Blood holy card entitled Chalice of Love.

The quoted material is from Graziano, Frank; Wounds of Love (Oxford University Press U.S., New York, 2004); p. 72. (Please note that this book on the whole is NOT recommended as it presents a distorted view of St. Rose of Lima.)

Rose bush from Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved.


Maria Angela Grow said...

Thank you for this wonderful post.

Marie-Jacqueline said...

Thank you for your comment. I accidentally erased several years of comments a while back, including some to this post. So, it's especially nice to have yours here.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post...just found your site...I am a traditional Catholic too. May God bless you!

Marie-Jacqueline said...

To Anonymous on 4-7-2016 (11:51 a.m.), I am so sorry I didn't get your comment posted earlier. Many thanks for your kind words, and may God bless you too!