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The white rose is a symbol of Mary. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux associated the rose with the Virgin. In his Sermo Beata Maria, he writes: "Mary was white by her virginity, red by her charity, white by her flesh, red by the spirit." In the Golden Legend, Jacques de Voragine associates the rose with the Assumption, describing the tomb of the Virgin as being covered with roses as she ascends to heaven.

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