A Silver Rose was featured prominently in a special liturgical service March 30 at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville.
The Silver Rose program, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 15585, is a national devotion in honor of Our Lady, with a specific dedication to the sanctity of human life. Every March, silver roses are stewarded by Knights councils along routes from Canada to Mexico with the current nine-month journey across North America. The opportunity to pray in front of the Silver Rose was a grace to all who attended in the parish.
The Silver Rose program began in 1960, when the first live rose was blessed by Bishop John C. Cody of London. It was later flown to New York, then onto Dallas, and it crossed the border into Mexico. The rose ended its pilgrimage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Dec. 12 that year, coinciding with the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Silver Rose pilgrimage is now a yearly tradition, and because of the popularity of the program throughout the Americas, eight silver roses travel unique routes each year.
At St. Joseph the Worker Parish, the ceremony began with the delivery of the Silver Rose to the local Grand Knight, Ed Harless, who then presented it to pastor Father Julius Abuh. After the presentation, led by the Hispanic choir, Father Abuh led a solemn procession into the church for a bilingual service divided into three parts: praying the holy rosary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Liturgy of the Word concluding with a consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe in English and Spanish, and finishing with a solemn blessing and dismissal hymn.
“One Life, One Rose” is an appropriate motto and a tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to St. Juan Diego, expressing her desire for the preservation of life and peace throughout the world. Juan Diego carried her message to the bishop and presented him with what came to be known as the “Miracle of Roses.” After all the trips around North America, it is expected that this Silver Rose will return to Mexico on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.