19 April 2008

Lily Among Thorns

Why did I take a picture of Mary in front of this hyacinth?
Another name for the hyacinth is the "Lily among Thorns", a name from the Song of Songs that the Church Fathers applied to the Blessed Virgin:

"I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters." (Canticles 2:1-2)

Many flowers have ancient names that refer to our Holy Mother. During the Reformation these were replaced, especially in England. You can read more about these and Mary Gardens Here.

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