The Easter lilies we use today are sometimes referred to as ‘The White Robed Apostles of Hope’.
Legends of Easter
There is one legend that speaks of how the blood of Christ made its way to the ground and miraculously turned into flowers that filled the earth and heaven. The bulb of the flower as it is buried in the ground is representative of the tomb of Jesus Christ. The white trumpet flowers represent his life after death. The white color represents the Savior’s purity. Their trumpet shape represents the Angel Gabriel’s call to rebirth and new life. There are many legends and stories that give birth to the Easter Lily as we know it.
This is another one of the oldest stories of the Easter lily. It is told that it originated in the Garden of Eden. Its seeds were spread by Eve’s tears as she left the garden. While there are conflicting stories about this, some accounts say that it is not the Easter lily, or trumpet lily but rather the snowdrop.
No matter what the legend or story behind it, this lily is by far one of the most iconic of all spring flowers and has been the subject of many artists and writers throughout time. Read on to find some samples of those writings.
Easter morn with lilies fair,
Fills the church with perfumes rare.
As their clouds of incense rise,
sweetest offerings to the skies.
Stately lilies, pure and white,
flooding darkness with their light.
Bloom and sorrow drift away,
on this holy hallow’d day.
Easter Lilies bending low,
in the golden afterglow,
Bear a message from the sod
To the heavenly towers of God.
-Louise Lewin Matthews