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Monday, November 30, 2015

Each flower bore a letter of the Virgin’s name




* November 30 – Our Lady of Good Help (Nantes, France) – Blessed Josbert (d.1186)  * Each flower bore a letter of the Virgin’s name ----- A Moment with Mary --

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An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

November 30 – Our Lady of Good Help (Nantes, France) – Blessed Josbert (d.1186) 

Each flower bore a letter of the Virgin’s name


Josbert or Valbebertus, a Benedictine monk of Saint Bertin, near Saint-Omer in the diocese of Arras, France, was known for his devotion to Mary. Legend has it that after his death, a rosebush bloomed out of his mouth, whose flowers bore the name of Mary.

On November 30, 1186, the feast day of Saint Andrew, the monks of Deols had gathered for the office of matins. The abbot went through the choir and checked if everyone was there. His eyes came to an empty stall. “Where is our brother Josbert?” He asked. No one knew.

The abbot hurried out. After a few moments he returned, pale and weeping: “My brothers, something important has happened. Blessed Josbert is in heaven. Come look at the great miracle that has happened to his body.” The monks rushed to enter the cell where a wonderful sight awaited them—wrapped in his black habit as in a shroud, his hands clasped, his face turned upward, Josbert lay lifeless on his mat. Two scarlet roses sprouted from his eyes, two more blossomed from his ears, and a fifth one was between his lips. Each flower bore within its calyx a letter of the Virgin’s name.

The Mary of Nazareth Team 


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