Monday, March 24, 2008

Day 85: Easter Lily

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!

21 comments:

cari said...

Wonderful shots!
Cari

Jess said...

These are BEAUTIFUL. And so are your words. :)

Kristina said...

Easter lillies are so pretty!

Michelle said...

beautiful shots. they are lovely flowers.

Debbi said...

Very beautiful! I know this may sound cheesy, but you are so SMART! I learn so much from you and your blog! Thank you!

Becky said...

I always learn something from you. I had no idea about the lilies. And that statue is beautiful! What a pretty church that must be.

pakosta said...

gorgeous shots!
tara

Mom2Drew said...

beautiful journaling. Those lilies are oh-so beautiful. Bet they smell good too?

heather taylor photography said...

These are such pretty shots- I really love that first one!

Yvonne said...

Great pictures! Thanks for the story behind the white lillies. And the expression, interesting to hear about that!

--sme said...

I enjoyed reading the story with your photos!

pat said...

Beautiful, Angela!

Amy said...

These are beautiful and I loved reading about Easter Lillies! I had no idea why they were Easter flowers and am so happy to know now. :)

Mandy said...

Beautiful shots. I just love the lilies.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing about lilies. I was thinking at first, I felt silly for not knowing, but who cares really. Another reason to enjoy coming to your blog...mini lessons taught in a completely engaging way!

Thank you!

Danielle said...

I love lillies. These shots are beautiful.

Val said...

Beautiful shots

Tori said...

These are beautiful. Love your journaling, too!

Gypsy Girl said...

Such a nice shot I just love the way lillys smell.

Joanne said...

Beautiful! I meant to have DH bring some home (he's a pastor) for me to shoot! Maybe I'll remember tomorrow and they will not be withered yet!

jewels said...

I LOVE easter Lillies :) Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
jewels