The Rose
The rose has been used as a Christian symbol since the thirteenth century. The Messianic rose, usually a conventional form, is symbolic of the prophecy in the 35th chapter of Isaiah, “and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose,” typifying the coming of Christ’s kingdom. The rose may also symbolize the Nativity; a white rose or mystic rose, the virgin, a red rose, martyrdom or divine love; a rose on the cross, the death of Christ. The rose also symbolizes love and reminds us during Advent of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Ledgend has it that only after the fall of man did the rose take on its thorns to remind man of the sins he had committed and his fall from grace, whereas, the fragrance and beauty continued to remind him of the splendor of Paradise.