“The profound connection between beauty and the liturgy should make us attentive to every work of art placed at the service of the celebration… everything related to the Eucharist should be marked by beauty.”
Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI: “Sacramentum Caritatis,” Para.41
The photograph shows flowers around the base of the font in the church at Easter 2017.
Floral arrangements for worship and liturgical celebrations are a special form of art. Flowers as objects of beauty and means of personal expression are part of the whole history of human existence. They play a meaningful role in our lives. Aside from objects of beauty, they add to the festive and joyful mood of a particular celebration.
Liturgy can be conceived as a memorial of the garden of creation (Gen. 2:8-3:24), in which the dialogue between God and man is realised but was interrupted by sin.
Liturgy also reminds us of the garden of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection (Jn. 18:1; 19:41-42; 20:11-18) in which we encounter the ‘gardener’ who created us and redeemed us with His sacrifice.
The liturgical celebration makes us participants of the heavenly Jerusalem, the definitive garden, in which we shall see Him as He is (Rev. 22:1).
Volunteer flower arrangers organise the flowers in our church on a rota basis. The rota for 2017 is shown below: