The dusty pink of this rosary, accented by the tiny flowers in the Mary centerpiece, and the vines of the crucifix, make this the perfect rosary to honor Mary as the Mystical Rose.
What are the graces, the beautiful roses, in your life that you can thank Jesus for? What are the sufferings and problems, the thorns, that you need to bring to Jesus for healing? As you pray with this rosary, bring both to Mary, and she will perfectly intercede for your at the Throne of God, perfecting your prayer.
This title of Mary in part comes from the miracle of the roses from the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531, and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, first used in 1558.
However, did you know there’s actually an apparition where Mary asked for a feast day, July 13, to honor her as the Mystic Rose?
It’s a beautiful series of apparitions from 1947, in which Jacinta and Francesco (the visionaries of the Fatima apparitions) at one time also appear alongside Mary. It’s an incredible confirmation that it really is Mary in all these apparitions, working to bring all souls to Christ.
You can read about the details of the apparitions of the Rosa Mystica here.
Also from that article I found a beautiful explanation of why Mary is called the Mystic Rose that was written so well I was loath to paraphrase it:
“Truly, the rose is the queen of all the flowers, and there is something in the Heavenly arrangement of Its petals and Its coloring, there Is something In Its scent and symmetry, In the modesty of its green leaves, which makes it very special.
It is the flower which captures the heart at nearly every stage of its growth, even when a bud. While It grows, Its petals gradually unfold as a token, as It were, of the blossoming of the lover’s love for his loved one.
Mary, the most beautiful of God’s creation, is indeed “the Incarnate Rose,” especially chosen for God’s garden. She is the “rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys” [Song 2:1]. There is no rose comparable to her and she has made Paradise ever so much more beautiful.
But if you call her a rose, white is the color of her purity; gold, the tint of her royalty; red, the hue of her suffering. The rose grows out from a stem of thorns and in the heart of this flower, the red of the Cross of her son was forming. Indeed, without thorns a rose is not a rose, and without the thorn of great suffering, Mary could not have become the Mystical Rose of God’s Paradise.”
Everything about this rosary scream mystical rose. The soft, dusty pink rhodonite beads, the semi-transparent Our Father beads that look like clear water, the centerpiece with an image of Mary surrounded by little flowers, and the crucifix with intricate, vine-like detailing. No other name would work.
At 16 inches long, with 8mm beads, this rosary is roughly the same size as your standard rosary. The rosary is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors, so it is super strong and will last a lifetime of use. While I do strength test every rosary, it is still a handmade piece and prone to human error. So, should it break, simply gather all the beads you can find and contact me and I’ll gladly repair it for you for free sans shipping and the replacement of major beads (if you loose the spacers, don’t even worry about it).
The beads are stone and have a weight to them, which I always find helps me really focus when I’m praying. They also take on the ambient temperature of the room- so in winter I usually find my rosary to be a little chilly- just another reminder that you’re praying! But they also quickly warm up from your body heat.
The beading wire stretches slightly as it is used (this is normal – it wears in like good leather boots) so you will still be able to slide the beads along as you pray.
Features of the rosary:
Center piece: 3/4″x1/2″ silver oxidized flower and Mary centerpiece
Crucifix: 1-1/2″x1″ silver oxidized vine detailed crucifix
Hail Mary beads: 8mm Rhodonite stone beads
Our Father beads: 8mm white quartzite with silver bead caps
Spacers: bright silver czech glass seed beads
— Have a particular devotion, size, color, or style of rosary that you are looking for? Send me a message and I’d be happy to make a custom rosary just for you. —