Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (never a better name edition)


Blue-White flowers of Rosemary or Rose-Mary. At least it’s pronounced correctly, unlike the state of Maryland, incorrectly pronounced Merrillund, as if the state were a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. No. It’s MARY-LAND! Anyway…

Mary is often depicted in a white garment with a blue garment over that, and just this shade of blue-white of the Rosemary. White is for purity and… and… a reminder of the meaning of her name, Mary refers the sea , which is blue. The sea, mind you, is bitter to the taste, sharp, spicy.

Because of her Immaculate Conception, Mary, with purity of heart and agility of soul, and with all clear vision – unafraid – saw and understood and took in what was happening to her Divine Son as He was tortured to death on the Cross. We recall Lamentations 1:12…

“Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see if there is any agony like my agony which has been dealt me when Yahweh afflicted me on the day of His blazing wrath.”

But in this way, with her intercession for us in her solidarity with her Son, we become her children, and, please God, we are on our way to heaven. The Rosemary is a good flower to give to her in all simplicity.



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3 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (never a better name edition)

  1. joisygoil

    If you think ‘Merrillund’ is bad, try figuring out what “Bar’mer” means. When we moved to ‘Merrillund’, we had to learn the local language. “Bar’mer” translates to Baltimore. That’s, right – Barmer Merrillund.
    ‘N ‘use guys tink we Joisy guys tak funny’

  2. pelerin

    I don’t have a rosemary bush as the traffic fumes killed one off some years ago. However I do love this time of year when the garden is full of bluebells with the occasional white bluebell poking out. I have just made a posy of both blue and white and put them in the tiny vase I keep in front of a small statue of Our Lady of Lourdes on a ledge next to the front door.

    Father George’s first blog inspired me to do this as I am ashamed to say although I had kept the statue there for many years, it had never occurred to me to add flowers. In winter when there are no flowers I clip a small pink artificial rose I found on a hair slide to a sprig of greenery so the vase is full all the year round.

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