In Montichiari, Italy, an unmarried nurse named Pierina Gillio began having visions of Our Lady. She appeared to Pierina several times. Mary told Pierina that the Lord had requested a feast day for Marian. She explained the meaning of the roses as follows: white for the spirit of worship, red for the spirit of reconciliation and readiness to sacrifice and gold for the spirit of penance. The beautiful Rosa Mystica statues by Space Age Plastic are made of molded vinyl and are virtually maintenance free.