The Flower Ceremony, sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert's widow. In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they're redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.
It is our golden hour together with flowers. There is wisdom in flowers. In spring there are flowers coming up in places where no one has planted them. They planted themselves, or nature did, but we humans did not. Sometimes we see long abandon tulip bulbs coming up in the place where some long-ago homestead may have stood... Tulips arranged as if some long forgotten housewife had put them there in her garden and they still bloom. Sometimes we see the little flowers in the yard... wild violets... or dandelions. On our church property we have snow drops every spring and soon the "pink ladies" will be coming up as they do every year unprompted by us. There is wisdom in flowers, and their grace is stronger than our indifference.
Children of the earth and sky, we are nurtured, sustained, given warmth and light from above and below.
Supported by earth's strong, firm crust, we build our homes, till the fields, plant our gardens and orchards.
When we turn from self and seek to be aware, we will find holy light in human faces, in blossom, birdsong, and sky.
Then earth is truly our home, and we are one with all earth's creatures,
Parents of earth's children yet to be.