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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rosa Mystica Devotion: A Hebrew Catholic Perspective

In 1947 in Italy the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to Pierina Gilli and called herself Rosa Mystica (Mystical Rose). Her second apparition was on July 13 1947 and the 13th of each month was to be a Day of Rosa Mystica and the annual day of celebration for Rosa Mystica was to be July 13th. This modern Rosa Mystica devotion stresses the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th in which a special hour of mercy or grace is kept. It is as if the Virgin Mary has come to confirm the insights about Rosa Mystica and the Immaculate Conception found in the opening verses of the Sefer Zohar

These alleged apparitions have a theological richness and mystical depth which enriches our understanding of the Divine Revelation itself and has drawn modern Catholics back to an awareness of the already rich tradition of Rosa Mystica in both Christianity and Judaism. Its spiritual and theological fruits have been immense even though like many genuine apparitions they go through a time of struggle to be accepted by a clergy that like the Saduccees of old are skeptical of any mystical or supernatural events. The devout and simple believers all over the world often intuit the importance of such apparitions long before they are "approved" by the Church authorities.

This title of Rosa Mystica is found in the Litany of Loreto and has a rich history in Catholic devotion. However devotion to Mary as Rosa Mystica is much more ancient. Since at least the 5th century Christian writers have written that Mary is the ‘rose among the thorns’ of Song of Songs 2:2. Both Jesus and Mary have been referred to as the Mystical Rose throughout Christian history. This mystical rose is also associated with the Holy Grail (the Cup of the Last Supper). They are both seen as vessels that contain the divinity. At Lucca in Italy (a centre of Kabbalah) from earlier times has kept the feast of Our Lady of the Rose on January 30th. Since 1947 many statues of Mary as Rosa Mystica have wept in many places around the world including New York and Russia. She weeps that her Son is left abandoned in so many tabernacles with no one to adore him.

This Mystical Rose is linked to the opening verses of the Torah as mentioned above. The first verses are seen as a mystical Rose. The phrase ‘et ha shamayim’ is especially seen as the concept of the Mystical Rose. Paradise is seen as the Mystical Rose Garden (Rosarium) mirrored on the earth by the Rose Garden between the Kotel (Wailing or Western Wall of the Temple) and the Temple itself. Shamayim is the Hebrew for Heavens, which is linked to the concept of Paradise or Pardes. In the Celestial Mother her attributes (that mirrors the Divine attributes perfectly) are seen as the enclosed Rose Garden. In her son the Beloved they are seen as an Apple Orchard linked to Song of Songs 2:3 “Like an apple tree among the trees of the orchard, so is my beloved among the sons of men.”

The Catholic devotion of the rosary is also called the Rosarium or Rose Garden and each prayer in it is seen as a rose to offer Mary in her role as Intercessor and prayer warrior for her children. Each of the 20 mysteries of the Rosary is linked to the Divine Attributes of God. A white and a red rose are conceptually seen on the left and on the right of each attribute in the figure of the Divine Man who is perfectly mirrored in the mother. The rose has been associated with many of the famous apparitions of Mary through the ages such as Guadalupe in Mexico.

Rosa Mystica and the hidden Hebrew Goddess and Her Son: A Hebrew Catholic Reflection

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