Cuthbert United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SPECIAL FLOWERS IN WORSHIP

Certain flowers have a special meaning in our worship space.  At Christmas, we’re all accustomed to seeing the Poinsettia.  The bracts of the poinsettia plant (not actually a flower) turn red in the winter, which, when brought to America in the 1800’s, took off as a beautiful Christmas flower. The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.   In Mexico, they’re known as “The flower of the Holy Night,” with a legend about a poor girl picking a weed  (all she had) to the holy child, and it turned red in appreciation of her loving offering.  
At Easter, the symbolic flower is the lily.  It is a beautiful flower to see and to smell!   Jesus said, “Consider the lilies… even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  The white color is associated with purity and the flower itself is often connected with the virgin Mary. The angel at the tomb is often pictured holding a lily.  Its three petals can connote the Trinity.  It’s unique scent is “divine.”  
There are many other flowers/plants that hold symbolic significance: Columbine - the Holy Spirit (7 blooms on a stalk, 7 gifts of the Spirit); Daisies - the innocence of Christ; Holly reminds us of the crown of thorns; the Palm - victory and is waved for royalty; the red rose- martyrdom, white rose- purity; thistle – the curse of sin.  
So when you enjoy our altar flowers or a walk in the garden, look for symbols of our Christian faith!