I recently did a little lesson with my kids about the symbolism of the Easter Lily. In this blog post, I am focusing on the lily, and how it relates to the phrase, "He is Risen." We love Easter; its such a wonderful time to learn about our Savior's life.
LESSON: EASTER LILY
Lilies are Easter flowers because they teach and remind us of Christ in 3 ways.
1. Consider the Lilies of the Field- Faith in Christ
While Jesus lived on the earth, he taught, through the imagery of lilies, about having faith in Him: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: …Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the
field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe
you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What
shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? …for your Heavenly Father that that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:28, 30-33.
When we see the lilies, we can remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us, and they know our needs. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, He will provide for us in all that we need.
2. Bulbs to Blooms- Burial to Resurrection
Lilies are flowers that grow from bulbs. Bulbs stay buried in the ground all winter, and in
spring blossom forth with beautiful life. Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days, and then came forth in a perfect form, having immortal life. Lilies remind us of this miracle and
symbolize the hope we have of everlasting life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and provided a way for all of us to rise again after we die.
3. Trumpet Ushers in the Second Coming of Christ
(as relating to the LDS faith)
Lilies are shaped like what instrument? (trumpets) “In the scriptures, trumpets are used to sound warnings, proclaim news, and herald visitors. Moroni holds a horn to his lips with his right hand, symbolizing both the spreading of the gospel throughout the world and the long-anticipated Second Coming of the Savior, which will be announced by trumpet-blowing angels” (“Looking Up to Moroni” by Wendy Kenney, November 2009 New Era).
The trumpet shape of the lily reminds us that trumpets will herald (announce) the second coming of Christ.
Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.”
(Content compiled by the wonderful Jen Lund)
a bouquet of Easter lilies or picture of lilies in a field
picture of resurrected Christ
picture of Moroni with trumpet
listen to "Consider the Lilies" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
I made this 8x10 printable to add to my Easter decorations. Please feel free to use it too!
Make handprint lilies.
Supplies needed: paper, markers, glitter, yellow and green pipe cleaners, tape, scissors.
Directions: Trace hands on white paper. Allow children to color and decorate as desired. Cut out as many as you want for the lily blooms. Roll the handprint vertically to form a funnel shape. Secure the side with clear tape. Roll each finger down to form the curls of each bloom. Cut yellow pipe cleaner ~3” (1 for each bloom). Loosely curve the yellow piece to form a U shape. Wrap the top of a green pipe cleaner at the bottom of the U. Curl the ends of the yellow cleaner to form the center of the bloom. Insert the completed green stem into the center of the bloom and pull through. Display the
lilies in a vase or wrap with a ribbon.
I hope you find this useful, perhaps as a family lesson, or a kid's lesson in church. May you have a happy Easter!