Season of Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen!  “Easter and the Easter season are the primary focus of the liturgical year.  Easter celebrates the wonder and joy of Christ’s resurrection, the central mystery of our faith.  The Easter season goes on for fifty days after Easter, until the day of Pentecost. … It is a time of joy and hope, for death has been overcome and Christ has made us all heirs to the Kingdom of God” (The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, p. 142).

Easter is a glorious fifty-day season celebrated in the “Garden of the Resurrection.”  The liturgical environment engages our senses of sight and scent as a place where beauty and harmony are present in the liturgical space and the liturgical action.  The beautiful and varied floral decorations of this season express and lift us up as our Alleluias rise each day in this festive season.

Since the Middle Ages, white lilies have symbolized Jesus’ resurrection and the new life of Easter.  Paintings of Jesus’ resurrection often include white lilies to symbolize Jesus’ suffering and triumph over death.

The pure white lily is also a symbol of Mary, Mother of Jesus.  In medieval art, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending to 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 honor of Jesus’ resurrection.

Though white lilies have symbolized Easter for centuries, the large, the star-shaped Easter Lilies that are popular in Christian churches today are relatively new to the celebration of Easter.

The Easter Lily reflects Biblical and medieval traditions and continues to delight many on Easter with its fragrant blooms, cheerful white blossoms, and powerful symbolism of Jesus’ resurrection.