In their article for the GCA magazine “By Design” in Fall, 2010, the Nominator and the late Anne Stookey wrote about “Divine Flowers”. Their divine flowers grace St. Thomas, Whitemarsh PA, one of the oldest Episcopalian churches in the US. It was founded in 1689 (yes 16..!) on an even earlier land grant from William Penn.
An obviously devoted and hardworking group create the beauty that delights the congregation year in and year out. As the Nominator says in the magazine article, “…in western religions flowers are both used to decorate the worship space and to reinforce the meaning and symbolism of the liturgy…”
Today the magnificent rood-screen is garlanded with all the flowers – lisianthus, green roses, dendrobium orchids, fuji mums, yoko mums, Oriental lilies, light and dark purple carnations, Bells of Ireland, light and dark purple stock! How handsome it is.
I apologize for this very poor scan from “By Design” which hardly does justice to the beauty and originality of this design for the rood screen from an Easter past. “The scale and symmetry tell a compelling Easter story, even from the back pew”. I’ve never forgotten this since it appeared. Thanks to the Nominator for most of the photos!! Happy Easter.