The Easter Lily: White-Robed Apostles of Hope

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 7th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Easter Sunday will soon be here, a time when our churches will bank their altars with Easter Lilies and people will once again flood the florist shops to buy the sweet white flowers to decorate their homes. People buy them to give along with other Easter gifts to friends and family. As a young man, I remember selling them at our roadside produce stand along with other Easter flowers, but the lily was our most popular Easter flower. Why are they called The White-Robed Apostles of Hope?

History, Art, and Mythology

The trumpet shaped blossoms of the Easter lily, also known as the Bermuda lily, symbolizes life, purity, hope, the spiritual meaning of Easter, and the promises of spring. Stories abound about the Easter lily, but the best known of them is found in the Holy Scriptures and is found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where Jesus spoke these words, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:27-29 (KJV)).

The White-Robed Apostles of Hope

The story is told that lilies were found blooming in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s Agony in the Garden. Since then churches have banked their altars and have surrounded their crosses with white Easter Lilies in remembrance and commemoration of Christ’s resurrection and the hope of life everlasting.

The Easter Lilly’s Association with Womanhood

The pure white Easter Lily has long been associated with womanhood. In many early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending a branch of pure white lilies to the virgin Mary when he told her that she would give birth to the Christ Child. Other paintings picture the saints bringing vases of lilies to Mary and the Christ Child. Myths have it that Eve had shed tears of true repentance as she left the Garden of Eden, and those tears of remorse brought forth the first blooms of the pure white Easter Lily. The moral of that story, the spiritual principle being taught by it, is that true repentance id the beginning of true beauty.

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Bermuda Lily, Easter, Easter Lily, Easter Sunday, Eve, Garden Of Eden, Garden Of Gethsemane, Jesus, Jesus The Christ, Jesus The Saviour, White Robed Apostles Of Hope

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author avatar spirited
8th Mar 2014 (#)

interesting Jerry,

We seem to use the daisy here instead in Australia, rather that the lily.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Mar 2014 (#)

An Easter daisy? I will have t research that one.
Thanks for reading and commenting Spirited.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Mar 2014 (#)

What an interesting post Jerry .
How marvelous that our Lord mentioned lilies in reference to our being robed in God's beauty in contrast to the world's ...
One day in White my friend ...
What a day that will be
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Amen, Stella.
Blessings.
Jerry

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Mar 2014 (#)

how very beautiful is this Jerry...the purity of our Lord shines through so brilliantly...blessings...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Blessings, Carolina.

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author avatar Retired
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post Jerry. I didn't know this.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Starleena.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
9th Mar 2014 (#)

As a side note, somewhat unrelated, but important, the pollen from Easter lilies is toxic to pets, if they get it on their fur and lick it off they can actually be killed.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Hi Mark. Thanks for reading and for commenting, even if the comment was unrelated to content. If I may point out, many flowers are toxic to pets, not just the Easter Lily, and I have written about that in the past in articles on pet safety.

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author avatar Maria Malone
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Well done Jerry, lilies are indeed beautiful flowers and Easter lilies the purest of them all! God bless!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Maria.
God Bless

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author avatar Helen Thomas
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Easter lilies are beautiful ~ Jerry ~ and so is this article. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading and for your comments, Helen.

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Mar 2014 (#)

This made a fascinating read Jerry, and I enjoyed the videos too. Lilies are amazing flowers but I hadn't realised just how much they tied into religion. You are enlightening me my friend..A really informative and beautifully presented article. \0/x

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Bev for reading and for the thoughtful comments.

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author avatar DaddyEvil
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting history and myths about the Easter Lily, sir.
Thank you!

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