Happy, Hearty, & Holy Mystical Rose Year since 13 is her providential # and this is 2013!!! Have a Blessed Solemnity, too, of Mary, Mater Dei (and Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae) for starting off this month known as the Month of The Holy Name of Jesus Christ and this New Year in the midst of the "Year of Faith." While we know of and love the greatness of His Holy Name, we also love the great Title of Mystical Rose.
Bl. John Henry Newman loved it so much that he put Her Title of Mystical Rose as the cover for his classic on the Litany of Loreto. Also, in The Secret of the Rosary -- what I hail as the greatest classic on the rosary -- St. Louis Marie de Montfort refers to the Mystical Rose also as a Mystical Rose Tree. There aren't any classic hymns in her honor per se (though some songs have come out in her honor in this new millennium especially), yet here is a classic Christmas Carol that incorporates this Montfortian Rose-Tree reference to Mary as shown in this rendition of it in both melody and hymn -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJxm-KA6qd4&feature=youtube_gdata_player There are various styles, and the more common one is "Behold A Rose of Judah." But the provided site brings out the more Montfortian style of a (Mystical) Rose Tree. It also enhances lyrically our hopes for THE YEAR 13 OF VATICAN OFFICIAL APPROVAL OF PIERINA'S APPARITIONS ALL! How does the hymn enhance such? Not by influencing the Vatican but by its meditation, which captures our hopes for this Year of 13 in this very Year of Faith -- "I know a Rose Tree springing forth...it bore a blossom bright amidst the cold of winter. This Rose Tree is Mary... O Flower whose fragrance is tender dispel ...the darkness everywhere." May God have the darkness of doubt about Pierina's truths be dispelled and all that the Mystical Rose gave us through Pierina spring forth with Jesus in the messages (especially His Divine Mercy) with Mary the Rose Tree (especially Her Divine Graces that flow). Who knows, even an Archbishop may approve my Chaplet of Emmanuel, a Chaplet of Grace, Mercy, and Love -- this same year. It is the Archbishop who ordained me who has a canon lawyer examining the Chaplet.
Feel free to keep so many of our dreams in the prayer, sacrifice, and penance of your lives. THANK YOU ALL.
Here's a more common style of the carol with good Marian visuals too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zvrYvxnEIEM
Finally, here's a great background source on the origin of the carol: http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/lo_how_a_rose_eer_blooming.htm
Have a Blessed & Holy January month of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ! & Especially A GREAT 13 (New Millennial) MYSTICAL ROSE YEAR of 2013!
Fr. Ed, SOLT, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica! ===== Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!