Montichiari - Fontanelle
Apparitions of Our Lady - Rosa Mystica
"This will be my Hour of Grace"
1947 - 1976
Mystical Rose or Rosa Mystica-Feast Day, July 13
Mystical Rose or Rosa Mystica-Feast Day, July 13
The apparitions of Our Blessed Mother under the title of "Rosa Mystica" (Mystical Rose) at Montichiari, in Northern Italy, to a humble Italian woman, Pierina Gilli, have great significance for our times. The original purpose of these appearances of Our Blessed Mother was the reform of the clergy and religious houses. By appearing with the two children of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta, on December 7, 1947, (the sixth apparition) in the parish church, she showed that her appearance under the title of "Rosa Mystica" was a continuation of the message of Fatima. She once again urged us to pray the Rosary and do penance.
First Apparition in Spring 1947:
Guilli was born on August 3, 1911, at Montichiari and worked as a nurse in the
hospital there. The first time the dear Mother of Christ appeared to her was in
a room of the hospital in the spring of
1947. Our Lady, a beautiful woman, wore a violet dress with a white veil around
her head. She was very sad, her eyes were filled with tears, which fell to the
floor. Her breast was pierced by three big swords. Our Lady said: "Prayer
Penance Expiation" and was silent.
This time Our Lady appeared in a white dress and was adorned with three beautiful roses: white, red, and yellow, which Pierina was allowed to see in place of the swords. The white rose represented the spirit of prayer, the red one represented the spirit of sacrifice, and the yellow rose the spirit of penance and conversion. Our Lady said: "I am the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of you. Our Lord sends me to bring you a new Marian devotion to all religious orders and institutes, male and female, and to the priests of the world. I promise to protect those religious orders and institutes who will venerate me in this special way, increase their vocations, and achieve a greater striving for saintliness among the servants of God." Our Lady also requested that the 13th of each month be celebrated as a Marian day. Special prayers are to be said during the proceeding twelve days. Our Lady requested that the 13th of July be celebrated each year in honor of her, the Rosa Mystica (Mystical Rose). She called herself Mysterious or Mystical Rose and asked people to repent for sins against faith and morals.
Third Apparition on 22nd October, 1947:
saw Our Lady again in the chapel of the hospital, in the presence of many staff
members, doctors, and people from the town. This time, Our Lady requested that
the desired devotion be realized, and said: "I have placed myself as the
mediatrix between my Divine Son and mankind, especially for the soul consecrated
to God. Tired of the continuous offenses, He already wanted to dispense His Justice."
Our Lady appeared in the Basilica of Montichiari in the presence of some people, among them several priests. Pierina heard the words: "Our Lord can no longer watch the many grievous sins against purity. He wants to send a flood of punishments. I have interceded that He may be merciful once more! Therefore, I ask for prayer and penance to atone for these sins." Pierina replied to Our Lady’s request with a willing, "Yes!". The Blessed Virgin added: "I lovingly ask the priests to express their great love and stop the people from committing those sins. Whoever will atone for those sins, will receive my blessing and graces." In reply to the seer’s question, whether we may hope for forgiveness, Our Lady said: "Yes, as long as these sins are no longer committed." With these words, she went away.
Fifth Apparition on 22nd November, 1947:
Our Lady appeared once more to Pierina
in the Basilica of Montichiari in the presence of several people, and demanded
that the seer make the Sign of the Cross with her tongue on the tiles of the church,
four times. Our Lady then descended onto the spot and said: "I
descend on this place, for many great conversions will happen here and in a sad
voice she continued: "The Christians of your Italian nation belong to those who
offend most my Divine Son, Jesus through their sins of unchastity. Our Lord
demands, therefore, PRAYER, GENEROUS SACRIFICES, AND PENANCE!"
Pierina asked: "What do we have to do to fulfill your demands for prayer and
penance?" Our Lady replied full of tenderness: "Prayer!" After a short, silent
pause, she explained: "Penance means to accept every day all the little crosses
and the duties too, in the spirit of penance."
Thereupon, she promised solemnly: "On the December 8th, at noon, I shall appear
again here in the Basilica. IT WILL BE THE HOUR OF GRACE."
Pierina asked: "Please explain to me the meaning of the "Hour of Grace?""This Hour of Grace will produce great and numerous conversions. Hardened and
cold hearts resembling this marble will be touched by Divine Grace, and they
will become faithful to Our Lord in loyal love."
This was the only time that Our Lady announced her next appearance. All other
apparitions came unannounced.
In 1966, Our Lady began a new series of
apparitions at a spring in Fontanelle, on the outskirts of Montichiari. Standing
by the spring on Easter Sunday, she touched the water twice with her hands and
said to Pierina. "My Divine Son sent me here to bestow healing power on this
I want the sick and all my Children to come to this miraculous well. children
must first ask pardon for their sins and draw the water lovingly from the well".
Pilgrims fill plastic receptacles with this water and take it to their homes to
be used for pious or therapeutic purposes. At the request of Mary, a medal
depicting Rosa Mystica, as Mother of the Church, has been widely distributed. A
beautiful statue conforming to Pierina' s description of Rosa Mystica is
venerated in a basilica of the church and another in a small shrine in
Today, more than ever, the faithful is exhorted to contribute greatly to this inner renewal. We are asked to pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. Salvation is possible only through a genuine renewal of the spirit. Throughout all of our Church's history, it is the prayer that renewal must start from the Church leaders or the shepherds and then spread to its members, the flock of Christ.
PRAYER TO THE ROSA MYSTICA Maria Rosa Mystica,
PRAYER TO THE ROSA MYSTICA
Maria Rosa Mystica,
Pierina Guilli died Jan 12, 1991
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