An image of the first completed floral boss in the main nave of our church!
Matt, and his team from Muralworks, will now paint 5-6 more; each will have a little different placement of the Marian flowers.
Can you spot the bee?
We’ll hear bees referenced several times in the chanted Exultet at the Easter Vigil in reference to the Paschal Candle. Bees are also written of by St. John Chrysostom as an image of the Church, especially because a bees labor is done not for itself, but for others. Bees are even found in St. Peter’s Bascilica among the flowers on the columns of the great baldachin of the Altar of the Confession.
Exultet: “…On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servants’ hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church. But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a touch so precious…”
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because it labors, but because it labors for others” — St. John Chrysostom, 12th Homily.
Photocredit: Pintrest – Catalea Bianco.