Our most prolific rose bush produces bright red roses, reminding us of the song in the 1972 musical, OLIVER, “Who Will Buy My Sweet Red Roses?”
In fact, none of our roses are for sale, but they are regularly enjoyed by monks and guests who come to our church, where they are often displayed at the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our monastery church.
Mary is traditionally called the “Mystical Rose,” who bore the Savior Jesus Christ, whose Precious Blood is easily associated with the red of so many roses.
Saturday is the day which the Church dedicates to the Mother of God, the Theotokos, to use the Greek word, for Mary’s greatest title.
May Mary’s intercession assist us all in our various and sundry needs, every day of the week.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Abbot Christian and the monks