Flower Communion: A Unitarian Universalist Holiday Ceremony
The Flower Communion ceremony is usually held in spring, involves members of the congregation bringing a flower to Sunday worship service and placing it on an altar or in a shared vase. The flowers are blessed by the minister or congregation and the sermon usually reflects upon the flowers' symbolism. At the end of the service, each person brings home a flower other than the one that he or she brought.
The Flower Communion is intended to symbolize the way in which, just as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make to the community. This is a wonderful way to affirm and celebrate our Unitarian Universalist faith and the spiritual community we create when we join together in our congregations.
Flower Communion was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. The service was later brought to the United States by his wife, Maya.
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.