–Juergen Wiegel

Thoughts about the flowers during the Holy Week

Palm Sunday and Holy Week cannot be understood and seen in isolation. Holy Week really started with the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger of Bethlehem. This thought is represented by the manger as the basis of the flower arrangement for Palm Sunday, with the golden yellow forsythia, the white spirea, and the red camellia
(on the left side) representing the glories night of Christ’s birth. But on the right side is already the cross, today a palm-covered cross with the thorn crown—partly hidden—on the backside of the cross. Again, the yellow forsythia spears before and behind the cross are speaking to the hosanna and joy of Palm Sunday. The red holly berries at the bottom of the cross make again the con-nection between Christmas, Maundy Thursday’s red wine of the Last supper, and the blood of Christ shared for us on Good Friday. On Palm Sunday, the rocks of Golgotha on the right side of the manger are covered with palms and

branches of holly and evergreen magnolia. The branches are reaching into the Sanctuary, connecting with the congregation, and reminding us that we are indeed part of what happened during the Holy Week. They remind us that sometimes we are among those who are shouting “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday but in the days to follow—with our actions—are also among those crying “Crucify him.”