Did you know (Sunday, April 23, 2023)

In the fifty days of Easter we focus on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and all that this represents. One of the symbols of the Resurrection is the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum). The lily is associated with the resurrection of Jesus, because, in countries that experience winter, its bulbs lie dormant and then bloom in the spring, much like Jesus laying in the tomb before rising from the dead. As such, the flower represents new life, hope and joy. The lily is shown in many stained glass windows, including the East Window (centre-right panel) here at the St. Andrew Parish Church (see also the centre Mary in the North Window). The use of the Easter lily in stained glass windows serves as a visual reminder of the hope and promise of new life that comes with the Easter season.