Rosa Mystica – July 13

Rosa Mystica church statue, Bangkok, Thailand

Today is the feast day of Rosa Mystica, one of the many titles of Our Lady included in the Litany of Loreto.

Today also is the anniversary of an apparition in Fatima, Portugal, when the much debated “Third Secret” was imparted to the seers.

The Rosa Mystica apparitions took place in Montichiari, a small town in northern Italy, mostly in 1947. Interestingly, there’s a connection between Rosa Mystica and Our Lady of Fatima.

During an apparition in December 1947, seer Pierina Gilli asked, “Who are the two children at your side?” The Blessed Mother replied, “Jacinta and Francesco. They will be your companions in all your suffering. They too have suffered, though they were much younger than you.”

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the three shepherd children, Jacinta and Francesco Marto and their cousin Lucia dosSantos, experienced apparitions of Mary for 6 consecutive months beginning in May, 1917. Jacinta and Francesco passed away as children. Sister Lucy became a nun. The famous Miracle of the Sun, which was seen by many and reported by the secular press, occurred in Fatima on October 13, 1917.

Litany of Loreto

Holy Mary, Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Mercy,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother of Hope,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Solace of Migrants,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of Families,
Queen of Peace.

© Toney Brooks, OS, 2020

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