Roses are a special flower. They have a long history not only in the world of romance, but also in Heraldry and in the church. The book of Isaiah 35.1 tells the prophecy of the rose blossoming in the desert:
1The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. KJV
Go to a Gothic Cathedral, look around, and there you can see the rose. It is a symbol carved frequently in wood, stone, or colored in stained glass. The rose in fresh form might even appear in places least expected.
1Roberts, Carrie. Crucifix Denver Basilica. June 15th, 2016. Personal Collection, Ecclesiastical Sewing, Denver Colorado.
The red and white rose are steeped in history. They were the symbols used in the War of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster. One house was depicted by the White Rose, the other by a Red Rose.
Red is a color frequently associated with martyrdom. The red rose has become a symbol of martyrdom and Divine Love. The figures of Christ in the above photo all have a fresh red rose. A white rose (for purity) signifies the Hope of the coming Messiah. It may be referred to as a Messianic Rose or the Nativity Rose. The Christmas Rose is a delicate white flower with a yellow stamen and pistol center.
Another well loved symbol used within the church is the crown which denotes our Lord’s Kingly office. The crown is also a symbol that reminds us that we have eternal life through Christ where the scriptures refer to the crown of life in verses from the books of James, 1 Peter, and Revelation.
The Messianic Christmas Rose Religious Embroidery Design
This Ecclesiastical Embroidery design is the first in our new Collection entitled Christmas Rose. This version features a single Christmas Rose embroidered in white threads with a yellow center. The rose has five petals and five leaves. It is wears a simple gold crown that can be worked in metallic gold threads. This Religious embroidery design is available as an instant download file in different file formats to be stitched by an embroidery machine. The files are available in sizes 2 inch, 3.5 inch, 5 inch, 7 inch, and 9 inch sizes. This first design is being introduced now, and additional designs will be introduced throughout the coming year so that you may plan ahead for next year. It is our hope that this Messianic Christmas Rose design may serve as a reminder of gifts we are given through the Birth of the Christ Child; and that you have a peaceful and joyous Christmas Celebration and a Blessed New Year.
Solo Dei Gloria
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Webber, F. R. Church Symbolism. Cleaveland: J. H. Jansen, 1938.
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