Flower Communion - The Bouquet Of Humanity

Composer
Scott Roewe Unitarian Universalist UU
Year of composition
2011
Lyricist
Scott Roewe Unitarian Universalist UU & Mary Courtney
Publisher
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Rock and Pop Music
Instrumentation
Choir + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

This text has been taken from the UUA website http://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/174534.shtml

The Flower Communion usually takes place in the spring near the time of Easter. In this ceremony, members of the congregation are asked beforehand to bring a flower to the Sunday service. Upon entering the sanctuary, each person places his or her flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The flowers are blessed by the minister or congregation during the ceremony, and the sermon usually reflects upon the flowers’ symbolism. At the end of the service, each person brings home a flower other than the one that he or she brought.

Reginald Zottoli wrote "The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community: it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community."

The Flower communion service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. The service was later brought to the United States by his wife, Maya.

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