My parish’s Art & Environment Committee met last night to wrap up Easter evaluation and get Pentecost and summer plans straightened out. This year’s Easter lilies seemed to fade quickly. Our church now looks like any of our other well-flowered weekends. The flowers are nice and robust (what’s left of them) but they have little suggestion of Easter.
Here’s the armchair liturgist question for the day: are lilies worth it? People seem to expect them, and nobody in my parish has bucked that expectation in my two years here. But do they have the staying power for Fifty Days?