Lilies for Easter
A lot of traditions surrounding Easter. Of course we talk about the Easter egg you know, and we talk about sunrise services, and then of course we consider this great big beautiful Easter lilies that are sold in all the local nurseries and everything. They're put on the altars of the churches and in your house to remind you of the true meaning of Easter.
There's a lot of mention of these in biblical term, the most famous probably being the Sermon on The Mountain when Jesus told his followers to consider the lilies of the fields; they neither toil nor do they sow, yet Solomon and all of his glory did not have the beautiful array of the Easter lily or the lily.
They are mentioned several times as paintings of Gabriel presenting a bouquet to the Virgin Mary indicating that she would conceive and give birth to the Christ child. Even Eve it is said, tradition says, that when Eve left the Garden of Eden her tears of sorrow sprung lilies, the beautiful white lily.
So these pure white lilies have long been associated with the mark of purity and grace throughout the ages. And of course this regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter. So when you see these sitting around during Easter-time remember what Easter's all about.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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