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Flower Ministry Annual Report January 2014

Our Church is decorated with flowers for most of our Holy Days. Sunday of the Holy Cross, (also called the "Veneration of the Cross) is commemorated the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent. The Cross is adorned with flowers and it reminds the faithful of Christ's redemption. The theme is not of suffering but of victory. The Cross helps to encourage us during the remaining fast period.

On Palm Sunday (also known as the Triumphal Entry), the Church is decorated with palms, bay leaves and pussy willow branches. The reason we have bay leaves and willow branches is because people lived in areas where palms were not available, therefore we honor all traditions.

On Holy Thursday a wreath is placed on the Cross of the Crucified Christ. On Good Friday the Icon or Cloth depicting the crucified body of our Lord is laid in the Tomb. The Tomb is beautifully decorated with flowers through the love of our faithful. Also, Easter Lilies decorate the church symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

On September 14, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the cross is adorned with flowers. Basil is often used when available because legend has it when Saint Helen found the "True Cross" of Christ, basil was growing all around it. The word basil in Greek is Vasilikos, meaning flower of royalty.

December 25th, the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, we decorate the church with poinsettia plants. They symbolize the Star of Bethlehem that led the three Magi to the place where Christ was born.

The flower ministry is not just a mere decoration. The placement of each flowe a prayer and brings us back to God's creation.