At times, called the "white-robed apostles of hope," lilies were said to be found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ prayed there. 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. At Easter, Christian churches often fill their alters and surround their crosses with Easter Lilies to symbolize joy, hope and life everlasting.
Throughout time, the lily has been held in particularly high regard. There is an expression 'To gild the lily," and it is said to be an attempt, foolishly, to improve upon perfection. To many artists and poets it seems that if any flower could have one, it would be the lily that had a soul!
I don't know about souls in lilies, but I thought this lily was particularly beautiful!