On a cold December night, everybody was coming to see their new Savior and brought Him all kinds of gifts and presents. The three Wise Men came in with their valuable gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold and offered them to...
At that point, a
who had seen the wise men passing through, reached the door of the stable, to see the Child. However, being very poor and having brought nothing to offer to the child.
she felt helpless and started weeping quietly at the sight of all the wonderful gifts that the
had got for the child.
Earlier, she had searched, in vain, for
all over the countryside but there was not even a single bloom to be found in the bitter winter.
outside the door was watching over her and knew about her fruitless search. He took pity on her and, when he saw her head drooped down in sorrow, decided to help her with a little miracle. She gently brushed aside the snow at her feet and where her tears had fallen, sprang a beautiful cluster of waxen
with pink tipped petals.
softly whispered into the shepherdess's ear that these Christmas roses are far more valuable than any myrrh, frankincense or gold, for they are pure and made of love.
The maiden was pleasantly surprised when she heard those words and joyfully gathered the flowers and offered them to the Holy Infant, who, seeing that the gift was reared with tears of love, smiled at her with gratitude and satisfaction. It came to symbolize hope, love and all that is wonderful in this season, thus .....
The Christmas Rose