Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Golden Rose

File:NationalShrineOfTheImmaculateConceptionGoldenRose.jpgThe Golden Rose is a gift granted by the Pope to nations, cities, basilicas, sanctuaries or images. It is personally blessed by him on the fourth Sunday of Lent, anointed with the Holy Chrism and dusted with incense. This Rose consists of a golden rose stem with flowers, buds and leaves, placed in a silver vase lined on the inside with a bronze case bearing the Papal shield. Pope Leo IX is considered as the originator of this rite in the year 1049.
Miracle of Our Lady of Luján at  Zelaya

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Our Lady of Concepion, Who Appeared

  ( In the Americas, the Rose has been given to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, to Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil,  ( and on June 11, 1982 John Paul II personally bestowed one on Our Lady of Luján, Patroness of Argentina. Most recently, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the Golden Rose upon the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States, at the National Shrine in Washington, DC during his 2008 visit.

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