Snow Drops and Their Festive Winter Bloom
"Snowdrops are one of the few flowers that only come in one color – white. This is probably why the snowdrop symbolizes purity, the traditional color meaning of white flowers." Around Christmas time, the bulbs are sold in stores, packaged and ready to grow like the one I am featuring on my site.
"The snowdrop shares its symbolism with the carnation, as they are both the birth flower for the month of January." However, the custom of growing snowdrops at this time of year has even deeper roots among ancient peoples and later Christians:
Symbolism of the Snowdrop Flower
"The snowdrop flower has enjoyed a rich and varied history that includes several legends about how the flower came to be.
On Presentation Day, among other activities, it is customary for the priest to bless candles. We were reminded, during the homily, that we are called to be lights for the world. The candle pictured on the side is mine.
As the Celebrant blesses the candles:
Let us pray
O God, fountain and principle of every light,
Who today revealed to the holy and ancient Simeon
The Christ true light of all people,
Bless these candles
And hear the prayer of your people
Who come to you with these luminous signs
And hymns of praise;
Guide them along the road of good,
Until they reach the light without end.
Through Christ our Lord.
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