These lovely flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology, Roman civilization and biblical traditions. There is a Greek myth in which the lily flower originated from the milk of the goddess Hera as it dropped to earth.
The Bible mentions the lily flower many times. Of all plants in the Bible, the lily flower is most famous and the one about which there has been the most differences of opinion.
The lily appears in the Old Testament in several places. In the words of the prophet Hosea, the lily flower became the flower symbol of Israel, when Yahweh promises that the repentant Israel will blossom as the lily.
In the New Testament, Jesus uses a metaphor with a lily during his Sermon on the Mount as he tells his listeners not to worry about life.
In Christianity, the Lily flower is often associated with the Virgin Mary. The white petals are said to represent the purity of the Virgin Mary’s body, and the flower’s golden anthers are believed to be her soul that is glowing in heavenly light. There are many religilous paintings in which the lily flower is shown held by the archangel Gabriel as he appeared to Mary to inform her that she would conceive and give birth to the Chirst. In other religious paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the Infant Jesus.
The legend is told that when Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found except for bunches of beautiful white lily flowers.
In Christianity white Stargazer lilies also symbolize new life and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, especially at Easter. These snow white flowers symbolize joy, hope and inspiration.
In flower arrangements white Stargazer lilies represent peace and purity and often used as an expression of sympathy or mean “I’m sorry”. Pink Stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity.
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