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History and a beautiful flower intertwined

Why is the Easter Lily so significant to Easter, what connections do this beautiful flower and a special day on our liturgical calendar shared in common? Why was this particular flower selected to be associated with Easter? Also, what historical importance does this flower hold with people throughout history?

According tohttp://www.peopleoffaith.com/history-of-the-easter-lily.htm , “The Easter Lily was originally brought in the United States by a World War I soldier, Louis Houghton. What was previously known as the Bermuda lily was first brought to the southern coast of Oregon in 1919. Houghton distributed an entire suitcase of the hybrid lily bulbs to various friends and family.”

The Easter Lily originated in the Garden of Eden by the teardrops of Eve that she spread while leaving the Garden of Eden. They were teardrops of repentance.

For the Christian, the Easter lily is used in, “a positive sense and represents many things. The Easter lily is representative of Christ's resurrection, it speaks of purity and innocence, being untainted by the world. The Easter lily also represents a new season, a new birth, such as when one comes to Christ,” according to http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/

Individuals with Irish roots know the Easter Lily for different historical reasons. According to the http://ireland-calling.com/, “The Easter Lily is a fitting symbol for Irish nationalists. It blooms in the springtime, which coincides with the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which Irish rebels took control of the main buildings in Dublin and declared Ireland an independent republic. During the conflict 64, Irish Republicans and 254 civilians were killed, and 16 of the rebel leaders were executed in the following weeks.

It’s obvious that the Easter Lily has roots in our past for painful or incredible memories. The Easter Lily has significant religious implications and many people feel adamant emotions. However you choose to celebrate the holiday, it is important to remember the history and ritual significance of why we were a nation do certain things.

Contact Charles Seifert at c.seifert@thebaynet.com 

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