She was young, and soon to wear the petals white
A virgins purity, catching sight
Of the flower she was, an Angel visited because
She was to carry a Rose, a Rose as red as rubies
Her white petals represented what was to come
To whom receive her Son, salvation is given
Flowers of the field, born in Him, and forgiven
The souls of the departed, shall receive restored innocence after death
The burdened, the weak, those in need, shall find rest
The Rose would be born with a crown of thorns
Hearts in Him formed, by His truth
She watched Him die, then rise to glory
Blessed among women, the lily of this story
May we all be touched by the Rose you carried
Oh, Mary, A lily in the garden

Meaning & Symbolism of Lilies

Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word “leiron,” (generally assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily), the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.

While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue – and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels – as other varieties became popular, they brought with them additional meanings and symbolism as well. Peruvian lilies, or alstroemeria, represent friendship and devotion, white stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity. Symbolizing humility and devotion, lilies are the 30th anniversary flower – while lilies of the valley are the 2nd wedding anniversary flower.

As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.