As you will learn about me… I have not had an original thought since the invention of Google and Pinterest. I have even been known to google homework questions when helping my kids – but they get in trouble if they do it!
So, as I was getting ready to post this card, I was thinking about the meaning of the Easter Lily. Why is this flower a symbol of the Easter Season? Well, with the help of dGreetings.com, I found the following…
The Easter season is masked with several legends and folklores about the lily and its religious significance. Easter Lily is the traditional flower of Easter and is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of elegance, beauty, spirituality, hope, and life. In Christendom the lily has come to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus because of its delicacy of form and its snow white color. But have you ever wondered about the history and significance of this symbolic Easter flower, which adds elegance, grace and fragrance to millions of homes and churches during the spring time.
Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon, churches are filled with exquisite Easter lilies. Churches at Easter time grace the altars and surround the cross with Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This importance rests even more clearly on a legend that the blood of Jesus, as it fell from the cross, was by a miracle transformed into flowers which filled heaven and earth. The popular Easter lily we use today to celebrate the holiday is referred to as ‘the white-robed apostles of hope.’ These beautiful trumpet shaped white flowers were brought to the United States in 1875 from Japan by an American tourist and named after the florist who made it popular.
The flower retells the resurrection story with its life cycle. These snow white flowers symbolize new life and hope. The bulb of these flowers buried in the ground represents the tomb of Jesus and the glorious white trumpet-like fragrant flowers which grow from the bulbs symbolize His life after death. The snowy white color stands for the purity of the Divine Savior and the joy of the resurrection while the trumpet shape signifies Gabriel’s trumpet call to rebirth and new life.
Wow, what a story. I never thought of the Easter Lily as such a profound symbol That it was buried like Christ then rises to this beautiful, fragrant white flower like Christ arose from the grave. I always get a Lily at Easter, but after reading about them on the above site and many others, I want to start giving them as well.
So, if you would like to give an Easter Lily to folks that live far away, or that live across the street, Stampin’ Up has you covered. Check out the Easter Message Stamp Set available in the 2017 Occasions Catalog. This set will only be available for a limited time… so don’t miss out. And, with it being Sale-a-Bration season, you can earn free products with every $50 purchased.
And, what would a card be without a tutorial?
This card #6 of the 13 from my swap.
Oh – the best part of this set, the piece that stands out to almost everyone from the git-go it the draped cross. This was the stamp that caught my eye. From the moment I saw it, I pictured it on a card with the empty tomb. Finally, this weekend, I had time to play and created this…
I used the new Stampin’ Up Water Color Pencils (also available in the Occasions Catalog) and an Aqua Painter to create the background. Since it wasn’t heavy use of water, I just used the normal Whisper White Cardstock. I am thinking I need to continue to play with this set. Palm Sunday, Black Friday…. So many uses for this cross!
Until next time, Keep it simple, Stampers!