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Maria Rosa Mystica

Evansville, IN - USA

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Maria Rosa Mystica Diocesan Devotion

Summary of devotion

The devotion of Maria Rosa Mystica consists of leading a life of prayer, penance, and sacrifice for our priests and religious. The image of the Rosa Mystica has three roses in the chest of our Virgin Mary, one white, one yellow and one red. Each rose in Mary’s image has a meaning:

  • White = Prayer
         Pray the Rosary and Adoration. Pray for others.

  • Yellow/Gold = Penance
        Reparation, repentance of sins. Sacrament of reconciliation.

  • Red = Sacrifice
        The act of giving up something in reparation for sins committed against

    the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

These three roses (prayer, penance, and sacrifice) are to relieve the pain inflicted by three piercing swords caused by consecrated souls betraying their vows, being in mortal sin, and abandoning their vows all together.


The devotion to Maria Rosa Mystica calls for the following:

  • A pilgrim statute with novena prayers

  • A special observance on the 13th of each month

  • An hour of reparation from noon to 1 pm on December 8th, the Feast of the

    Immaculate Conception

  • A special celebration on July 13th, the Rosa Mystica Feast Day

  • Celebration of the Eucharist on October 13


Pilgrim Statues

A key component of the devotion is an especially blessed Rosa Mystica (RM) statue that travels from home to home for a nine-day novena. The novena consists of a rosary, RM novena prayers and litany prayers. This novena is geared towards the reparations, protection and strengthening of consecrated souls and more specifically, our priests. Many graces and blessings will be bestowed upon the diocese that hosts the pilgrim statute, including growth in vocations and holy priests.

For more information, please email and request the pilgrim statute instructions manual.


Observance of 13th of every month

The 13th of each month, a day of Marian prayer with a special solemnity should be celebrated. It is recommended that this be held in a Church within the diocese (or several churches if the diocese covers a large territory). The format for these celebrations is as follows:

  • Have the pilgrim statue or any other Rosa Mystica statue

  • If possible, start with Mass

  • Pray the Rosary and Novena prayers used with Pilgrim Statue. If the Pilgrim

    Statue is being used at the Church, use the prayers for the day of the Novena the statue is currently at. If not, default to Day 1.


Celebration on July 13th of each year

Our Lady Maria Rosa Mystica has requested that an annual feast day for this devotion be celebrated on the 13th of July each year. On this day it is customary to bring the pilgrim statue or another special Rosa Mystica Statue in procession to a shrine, Church or Cathedral and celebrate the Feast Day. If possible, it would bring great benefit to have the diocese’s Bishop preside the Mass and consecrate all vocations to Maria Rosa Mystica.

Hour of Reparation on December 8th

Great spiritual fruits are derived from the celebration on December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, where our Lady has asked for what she called “an hour of grace, penitence and prayer” in favor of conversions, especially for religious souls. The MRM devotion calls for followers to dedicate the hour from noon to 1 pm to pray, preferably in front of the Blessed Sacrament, for the conversion and protection of consecrated souls.

Celebration of Eucharist on October 13th

October 13th should be celebrated as the world-wide day of the Repairing Communion.

For more information on feast days, please email and request additional details.

The Maria Rosa Mystica Knights is a lay association started in Evansville, Indiana with the purpose of developing and spreading this devotion throughout the Evansville diocese and beyond. If you would like to bring this devotion to your parish or diocese, please contact us by sending an email to

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History of Maria Rosa Mystica

Our Lady of Rosa Mystica is a Marian advocation that goes back to the first centuries of Christianity.  It refers to Mary as Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ, or Mother of the Church. We can find this name also in the Litany of Loreto.  

As Mother of the Church, Virgin Mary has been asking for a particular devotion for the protection and strengthening of priests and religious orders, and for the flourishing of vocations.  

Each rose in this image has a meaning: 

  • White:  Prayer

  • Yellow/Gold:  Penance - Reparation

  • Red: Sacrifice 

These roses are to relieve the pain caused by three swords in Our Lady's heart by religious souls who are betraying their vocation, to repair mortal sin of those souls, and to repair for the infidelity of priests unworthy of their ministry.  

The devotion to Maria Rosa Mystica calls for the following:

  • Celebrate the 13th of each month as a Marian Day, preceded by 12 days of special prayers.

  • Novena to the Maria Rosa Mystica

  • An hour of reparation from noon to 1 pm yearly on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

  • A special celebration on July 13th, Rosa Mystica Annual Feast Day.

For more information on the origins of this devotion and the new Rosa Mystica Shrine visit: 

Pray, host or tell us about your granted petitions


Start a MRM Knights Group

If you would like to start a Maria Rosa Mystica Knights group in your parish or diocese, please send us an email to receive a full instruction manual.  This will include details on how to get a pilgrim statue, how to set up the monthly Novena services, building a group of prayer warriors, and attending or organizing an Annual Feast Day. 

Please add details of your request in the form below.


Hosting Maria Rosa Mystica

If your family or parish desires to host this pilgrim statue of Maria Rosa Mystica please use the contact form below to contact the prayer group.

You will be required to pray a rosary and novena every day per instructions. You can also invite friends and family to pray with you.

Depending on availability, the group will contact you with the details and instructions.

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Granted Petitions

If Maria Rosa Mystica interceded for your prayers and petitions please use the form below to inform the prayer group.

If any obvious graces received by you from Heaven in answer to your novena, as a sign of gratitude to our Mother contact us to let us know.

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