International Flower Communion

Stained Glass Window in the Prague Unitarian Church

Blessing of Flowers 2017

During the first Flower Communion in 1923 N. F. Čapek presented the following words as Blessing of the Flowers:

"All human beings are created in the name of joy and happiness, but thousands of troubles surround us, tormenting us with sadness. If a person cannot see beauty in the world around them, then troubles and sadness tie them down. The beauty of the clouds floating in the sky, the beauty of the spring rain, the beauty of flowers, the beauty of friendship and love. May people see that beauty. May true humanity spread out in human hearts; may we all get our daily bread; may people forgive each other their trespasses and not bring each other into temptation through hatred. May peace spread out across all the Earth. Amen."

For this year we asked the Unitarian and Universalist leaders from around the world to help with presenting Čapek‘s words. The result is this unique Mosaic of Blessing of the Flowers. Any congregation or person around the world is welcome to use this Mosaic of Blessing of the Flowers for your worship service.

Flower Communion Sources

This exciting invitation to Unitarian Universalists in the United States comes from the Unitarian community in Prague, on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Flower Communion this June.

Dear Friends,

Unitarians in Prague are celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Flower Communion on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Capek Hall (Central European Time).

We want to make this annual event particularly special this year. We would like to invite Unitarians throughout the world to join us in this joyful event on Sunday June 4th. We would be most grateful if you would let your churches know of this special service and invite them to celebrate the Flower Communion service with us.

A Global Flower Communion will mean that Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist communities throughout the world will be celebrating the Flower Communion service at different times on June 4th depending on their local Time Zone. We see this as a wonderful way of enriching the 95th Anniversary of the original Flower Communion service held here in Prague.

Celebrating the flower communion ceremony at the UU Congregation at Montclair, NJ

Flower Communion ceremony celebrated in the UU Congregation of Montclair, NJ

We would also welcome photographs and greetings from our sister churches participating in this Global event. We will display these at our service.

Our service will be filmed and broadcast live on social media. We will send you more details about this in the near future.

We realise this is an ambitious project and deeply appreciate your help in making this Global celebration happen.

In Faith,

Rev. Dr. Petr Samojsky

Rev. Mark Shiels

Prague Unitarian Church and The International Unitarian Church of Prague

Learn more about the International Flower Communion 2017 and see details on how to join the celebration!