The St Rita Rose
21 September 2017
The St Rita Rose
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a quote by William Shakespeare from his play Romeo and Juliet. At Rita’s Centre we have our own rose; a new rose called ‘The St Rita Rose’.
"Earlier this year I purchased a St Rita Rose bush for my wife (her name is Rita) as a gift for her feast day. It is flourishing and has been blooming continuously - it is a delightful addition to our small garden. Thank you for bringing it to our attention"
(name withheld but kept on file in the office)
The rose has been cultivated and named in honour of this incredible ‘Saint of the Helpless’. The story of St Rita’s life tells us that in January 1457 as Rita lay dying, she asked a relative to bring her a rose from the garden at her old home, a strange request in January. The relative went to the garden and there she found a lone rose in bloom. The rose was soon in Rita’s room, which we are told soon became full of the scent of roses.
On St Rita’s feast day, Sunday 22nd May, there will be Mass followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick at 12noon at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton. Following Mass the new rose will be blessed and planted at the Centre by Fr Gerald Wilson, Vicar Provincial of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. The rose is a beautiful lemon/yellow floribunda chosen because yellow is the symbol of joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold and philosophy and is available to anyone from World of Roses £12.95 and for each rose bush sold St Rita’s Centre will receive a £2 donation.
To Order a St Rita Rose bush telephone: 08452 606888. Web Site: www.worldofroses.com