A St. Thomas Easter

St Thomas Altar with angelsIn 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.

St Thomas Christmas pastflowerflinging featured St. Thomas’ Christmas flowers in December, 2012 (see Archive, Christmas Shared)

St. Thomas EasterAn 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…”

St Thomas Wall designEaster lilies are combined here with branches, green mums, purple carnations and stock.

St Thomas horizontal designA good close-up shows a horizontal line mass arrangement with tulips, several colors of carnations, lisianthus and lilies

St Thomas PulpitThe handsome pulpit was not ignored either. A lush garland-like design circles the top of the beautifully carved stone pulpit.

St. Thomas Altar EAsterToday 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.

St Thomas Willing workersThe Gothic door was outlined in another garland. This is not a job for the ladder-challenged. Evidently, this volunteer is not deterred by ladders.

Close-up of garlandThis close-up of the many blooms shows the loving care with which it was created.

St Thomas gothic doorA warmer or more gracious welcome for today’s service, I can’t imagine.

 St Thomas Easter sunrise altarI 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.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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