Lily, Easter – Lilium longiflorum

Sacred to: Mary, mother of Jesus, Ishtar. Astarte

Myth 1: The legend is told that when the Virgin Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies. Early writers and artists made the lily the emblem of the Annunciation, the Resurrection of the Virgin: the pure white petals signifying her spotless body and the golden anthers her soul glowing with heavenly light.

Myth 2: In yet another expression of womanhood, lilies had a significant presence in the paradise of Adam and Eve. Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that true repentance is the beginning of beauty.

Myth 3: In Roman mythology white Lilies are associated with the Queen of the Gods, Juno. It is said that when Queen Juno was feeding her baby son, Hercules, some milk fell from the sky forming the Milky Way and creating white lilies, from the drops that fell to earth.

Other Notes: The pure white lily has long been closely associated with the Virgin Mary. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending to the Virgin Mary a branch of pure white lilies, announcing that she is to be the mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the infant Jesus

In Greek marriage ceremonies the priest places over the brides head a crown of lilies garnished with ears of wheat, as a symbol of purity and fertility.

Easter Lily

Easter Lily


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