THE ROSE OF SHARON (Mariology)

"I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys."- Song of Songs 2:1
Mary, the most beautiful of God's creation, is indeed "the Incarnate Rose," especially chosen for God's garden. She is the "rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys" [Song 2:1]. There is no rose comparable to her and she has made Paradise ever so much more beautiful.
The Rose of Sharon image was used by Saint Jerome and is taken from Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) These image suggested the Virgin Mary's purity and beauty. The image of a rose petals not fully opened was connected to her virginity and youth. Just as young flower does not open completely until reached maturity, the Virgin Mary was chosen to become the Mother of God when she was still pure, young girl
There is some ambiguity surrounding this particular passage in the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs is a passionate love poem from the Old Testament. Traditional rabbinic Jewish interpretation understood it to symbolize the special relationship between God and Israel, while Christian have generally taken it to refer to the love between Jesus and the Church (as spoken of in Ephesians 5). or more recently, between Christ and the individual Christian soul. Many have also seen it as speaking of Mary's relationship with God.
Some of the confusion that has about related to this poem is the fact that it can be difficult to parse out who is speaking. It seem as if the bridegroom is speaking. The confussion surrounding this passage has extended into later commentaries on the passage, because while some people took the reference to the Rose of Sharon Lily of the valley to be a referrence to Mary, still others thought it was reference to Christ her Son.
SYMBOLISM
THE ROSE OF SHARON IMAGERY IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF A BRIDE. IN THIS CASE, THESE REFERENCE WOULD HAVE CALLED MARY TO MIND AS THE SPOUSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, CHOSEN BY GOD FOR A VERY UNIQUE AND SIGNIFICANT PURPOSE, SET APART FROM THE REST OF CREATION, UNITED TO GOD THROUHG HER PERFECT OBEDIENCE.
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