Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Epiphany and Church Flowers

Epiphany, January 6, is one of the major feast days of the Church.  Often called "Three Kings Day", it celebrates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem bearing the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The gold was because the Magi recognized Our Lord as King, incense because he is the true God, and myrrh because of his future Passion and burial.

The liturgical color for Epiphany is white.  Either white or gold or a combination of the two seem most appropriate for the feast's flower arrangements.  Golden flowers call to mind the Magi's gift of gold and look very attractive against white.  On the other hand, the white Star-of-Bethlehem (above) or other star-shaped blossoms call to mind the Star that guided the Magi.

Image:  Star of Bethlehem.  Photograph by Ulf Eliasson from Wikimedia Commons.  Some rights reserved (click for license).

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