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The Blessing of Roses

Monday, October 07, 2013
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. At Blackfriars, Oxford we followed the beautiful Dominican tradition of blessing and handing out roses at Mass on this day.
In his homily, the Prior, Fr John O'Connor OP, highlighted the 'simple and simplifying' nature of the Rosary as a form of prayer. It is a way of praying that maintains a delicate balance between gentle activity (the words, the beads) and receptive contemplation; between the repetition of the prayers and our ever-deepening meditation on the mysteries of our redemption in Christ.
The words of blessing spoken by the priest over the roses are a lovely evocation of the grace we have received in Christ, whom the Blessed Virgin brought into the world, and run as follows:

Blessing of Roses

For the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

From the Dominican Breviary

O God, Creator and Preserver of the human race, who grant us the Holy Spirit with His seven-fold gifts, and who generously bestow eternal salvation:

Sanctify, we pray, and bless these roses.
We present them before You today, and seek Your blessing upon them, to express our thanks to You, and our devotion towards the blessed Ever-Virgin Mary and her Rosary.

You created these roses as a source of pleasant fragrance and gave them to us to lift our spirits. Then through the power of the holy Cross pour out upon them Your heavenly + blessing.

Signed by the holy + Cross may they receive so powerful a blessing that in the houses and hospitals where they are taken the sick may be healed. From the places where they are kept may the powers of evil flee in fear and terror, nor may they presume again to disturb Your servants.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Matthew Jarvis OP


Thank you. commented on 16-Feb-2015 03:08 AM
Can you please post and older yet version of the prayer of blessing said over the roses, one before Vatican II - and also post a history of the blessing, when it began? The feastday of the Holy Rosary goes back to the 15th century and Battle of Lepanto victory attributed to the recitation and praying of the Holy Rosary before and in battle, and the blessing of the roses on this feastday October 7th, when after does it follow that feastday, or did the custom pre-date it? I will return and look for your post. Mary Nagy mnagy@snet.net
West Hartford, Connecticut USA
February 15th, 2015
Anonymous commented on 25-May-2019 05:24 PM
How do I dispose of a blessed rose?

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