Saturday, December 26, 2009
The story of the Rosemary Tree:
During the Holy Family’s escape into Egypt, Mary rested under a rosemary bush and spread her cloak on it to dry. The flowers miraculously changed from white to the blue of Mary’s cloak. The Spanish name for rosemary is romero, or pilgrims plant, and derives from this legend. A variation of this legend says during the flight into Egypt, the Holy Family stopped to rest and Mary washed the baby’s clothes in a stream. She placed His garments on a bush to dry in the sun. For it’s humble service, the plant was named rosemary, and God rewarded it with delicate blossoms of the same heavenly blue as Mary’s robe.
Place a rosemary tree on your mantle or table as a centerpiece to remind you of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt.