Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Feast of St. Rita

Today our priest gave out blessed roses--something I'd never seen before.

Today is the feast of St. Rita, our parish's patron and it is a tradition to bless roses on that day. The tradition comes from a story of Rita asking for a rose from her garden on her death bed.  It was winter and snow was on the ground.  Nevertheless, the attending sister went outside and found a single rose blooming in the garden.

Today, in honor of St. Rita, stop and smell the roses, and then, thank God for them!  

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2 comments:

TACParent said...

My roses came into full bloom today. Perhaps this is why. They are quite lovely and I see them as a blessing/a gift.

Dymphna said...

That's so cool! You know, your patron saint is the one who sends roses too!

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