Feast of Our Lady of Rosa Mystica

(via Manila Bulletin)

Marian devotees in many parts of the world, including the Philippines, celebrate today the Feast of Our Lady Rosa Mystica (Mystical Rose) in reference of a series of apparitions by the Blessed Mother to a pious Italian woman in Montichiari, Northern Italy in 1947.

Considered by many as a continuation of the message of Fatima, the Holy Mother appeared with the two children of Fatima – Francisco and Jacinta – to Pierina Gilli. She requested her to ask the faithful to pray the holy rosary, to repent for sins against the faith and morals, and to do penance.

Our Lady requested that the 13th of every month be celebrated as a Marian day and that the 13th of July be observed in honor of her, the Rosa Mystica.

The series of apparitions that began on a spring day in 1947 with the seventh and last one taking place on Dec. 8, 1947, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, was approved by the Holy See in 1966.

To this day, pilgrims fill containers with miraculous water from a spring at the apparition site.