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St. Rose of Lima

Manuscript of the Life of St. Rose of Lima

The manuscript contains a pictorial history of the life of St. Rose with a short Latin text of explanation accompanying each of the thirty-eight illustrations. The translations were done by DSPT Concurrent MA Theology/MA Philosophy student Joshua Kenz.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

O Rose, receive the gracious vows of your clients. The voice proclaims thee, the heart and soul beseech thee.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

On the twentieth day of April she was born into the world; on the Feast of the Holy Spirit* she was washed by the Spirit and water**.

 
 
 
*Pentecost. The Latin is 'Flaminis in festo'. Flamen is a rare title of the Holy Spirit, naming Him in His office as the one who moves hearts to God; it also means gust or blast of wind.
**The reference is to her baptism, but the image is forceful, with the Holy Spirit [flamen - a blast of wind] and a wave [the waters of baptism]
The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

While she lay in her crib, a rose purpled her countenance. Her mother, rejoicing, said: "You shall [be named] Isabelle Rose."

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

[The name was] Not perhaps granted by heaven, until the prelate confirmed her. He imposes on her the name and omen of Rose.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

The Virgin Mary approved this pious name of Rose and joined her own to it, bring forth new joy.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

She exhorted her handmaid to weigh her down around the neck and to trample her, and give her beatings and spittle.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

At the age of fifteen Rose made a vow, cutting off a lock of hair. She suffered cruel fights with her brethren and mother.

(French) Rose cut off a lock of hair, to escape from marriage: and she attracts for herself the hatred of her family.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

They invited her to several monastic cloisters, still she received the holy habit of Dominic.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

She always would drink gall or cold water: and eat bread and herbs which sprouted from the ground.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Often before she drank, she would heat up some water: thus she would remove from herself the thirst for a hot drink, being more grateful for the cold.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

For herself, for criminals and for those in the fire of purgatory, Rose would give herself harsh floggings three times a night.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Ninety-nine times, she plucked thorns from within, with which she enclosed her head with a crown.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Rose wrapped a lock of hair hanging from a nail: thus she drove away sleep both night and day.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Deep sleep often overwhelmed the sleepless Rose while Rose climbed a tall cross and also when she bored a tree trunk.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

She would sleep on this bed for two hours, and replenish her mouth and stomach with gall.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Rose rubbed her breasts with briers and thorns. She tore into her armpits and both her sides.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

She tightly covered her mangled body with a hair shirt. She pressed her arms in closely, binding them with a rope.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

In the home of her father, while the bread-oven was burning she would cross its dome with bare feet.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

At night, she walked through the garden barefoot on the sharp stones. Thrice Rose succumbed to the heavy cross.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

In a pleasant vision, Jesus spoke to her, desiring to be worshiped by Rose with great rigor.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Lo! Every flower, tree and herb bows its head, esteeming the hours when Rose prays.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Rosa, while praying, throws roses up to heaven. They form a cross, bordered by an oval border.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

She was rapt in prayers and many ecstasies in which, from every side and her mouth, [she] hurled forth flames like a funeral pyre.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

While she received the sacrament, surrounded by light collected around her, lo! Her entire face shines fiery, like a torch.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

While the Dutch threatened the city walls, Rose desired to undergo the torments of the martyrs for the sake of the bread of angels.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

She loathed the mixture of pure blood from the sick, which she drank entire, that she might offer penance.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Look how the devil despises Rose's virtues: the raging river Styx drags her, tosses her about on the floor.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

St. Catherine visits and comforts her every day: this she makes the winged heavenly multitude friends of Rose.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

With an address and touch of her hand, Mary excites Rose from her sleep to prayer and devotions.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

When fearful that she was reprobated, Christ spoke thus: "Thou Rose art this Rose which my right arm holds."

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

While Rose prayed the hours, turning over the book, behold a little Jesus* smiling crossed the book.

*Jesulus
The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

While weaving or sewing to get her parents bread, Christ would dash up and offer her kisses.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Very often holding hands through the meadows and buildings, behold the little bridegroom visits His bride.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Once in an ecstasy of mind a person saw the name “Rose” made to move before a cross on a star.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Lo! Amongst the sick, and also she herself ill, she turned into an Angelic form many times and in many places.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

While Rose dies in the house of the quartermaster general, she is turned into the very face of the dying Christ.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Here there is a company of angels who lead Rose to heaven. And here Mary holds the garland prepared for Rose.

The Life of St. Rose of Lima - Otto van Veen

Her relics, her tomb, even her image drives away every illness and death.


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