innocence, hope and life – the spiritual essence of Easter.
Dating back to Biblical lore, the lily is mentioned numerous times in the Bible.
One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ told his listeners:
”Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin…”
Often called the “white-robed apostles of hope,” lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony.
Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress.
Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.
The pure white lily has long been closely associated with the Virgin Mary.
The legend is told that when the Virgin Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies.
A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter.
Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life. Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home, the Easter Lily serves as a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating.
Here is a link, and I am interested to hear your thoughts: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/lily/lily.html
(Photo courtesy of Maria Baptista)
March 7, 2012 @ Gwen Coronado…