Friday, May 10, 2013

Plant a Mary Garden this May


 Honoring Our Blessed Mother: Plant a Mary Garden
 From Una Fides e-letter

An old Catholic tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages is making a comeback: the Mary Garden. By definition, a Mary Garden is one that is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Centuries ago, at a time when books were scarce and many were not able to read, a Mary Garden was another way to teach others about the life of the Blessed Virgin and her virtues.  St. Benedict is said to have had a monastic rose garden or "Rosary" in the 4th century but the first reference to an actual garden planted in Mary's honor comes from St. Fiacre, the Irish saint of the 7th century who is the patron saint of gardeners and gardening. A statue of Our Lady is present in most Mary Gardens and the flowers chosen are those that have been associated with the Blessed Mother either by name, symbol or legend.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Roses: Roses have long been associated with Mary. They are considered to be thequeen of all flowers and, therefore, remind us of Mary as Queen of the Universe.

Violets: Violets are considered a symbol of Mary's humility and innocence.

Marigolds: Marigolds, named in honor of Mary, bring to mind Our Lady's
simplicity and domesticity.

Gladiolus: This flower's name comes from the Latin word for "sword" and
represent the sword of sorrow that pierced Mary's heart.

Lillies: Lillies' white color and sweet fragrance symbolize Mary's purity and loving obedience to God.

Lavender: This fragrant herb is also known as "Our Lady's drying herb" because of the legends that Mary hung the Christ Child's blanket on a lavender bush to dry after washing.

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