Jan (30.) Our Lady of the Rose, at Lucca, in Italy. Three roses were found in the month of January, in the arms of this image, according to a Latin Chronicle.
(Cæsar Fran. ciot. in hist.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Detail from the painting "La Madonna della rosa" [Our Lady
of the Rose], by Sirani, from Bologna, 1661 A.D.
“The rose,” Our Lady told Saint Brigid, “gives a fragrant odor; it is beautiful to the sight, and tender to the touch, and yet it grows among thorns, inimical to the beauty and tenderness.
So may also those who are mild, patient, beautiful in virtue, be put to a test among adversaries. And as the thorn, on the other hand, guards, so do wicked surroundings protect the just against sin by demonstrating to them the destructiveness of sin.”
Saint Brigid says: “The Virgin may suitably be called a blooming rose. Just as the gentle rose is placed among thorns, So this gentle Virgin was surrounded by sorrow.”
Related Link: Overview of 17th c. Historical Calendar
of the Feasts of the B.V.M.
Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the
Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.