J.M.J. "The late, revered Mariologist, Father Theodore A. Koehler, S.M., summarized the universal symbolism of the rose in Christian practice in this brief prayer:
May God look with favor upon our world,
the rose He created, that it may more expand
its petals and so glorify Him, our Creator and Father,
in imitation of the rose of Nazareth, Mary,
the servant of the Lord."
--The Reverend Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., "The Rose: A Marian Symbol" in Missio Immaculatae International (September/October 2015), 35.