Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An Easter Tradition

Since the early 1940s, the local Pioneer Church has adorned their front lawn with a cross made from the clipped daffodils blooms. The cross announces the arrival of Easter and serves as a reminder to all who drive by of Christ's death and resurrection. It is also one awesome sight, especially when you consider that a hand full of people spent a day cutting and arranging the blooms. The church’s web site claims that the display requires 50,000 blooms; I honestly didn’t take the time to count but as the cross is over thirty feet in length, the estimate is certainly plausible.

Directly behind the church is the pioneer cemetery, the earliest burial dates back to 1850. Time has certainly weather the site and many of the graves are now unmarked because the original wooden markers rotted away long ago.

There are however several stone markers like the one shown in the picture. I have always been fascinated by this particular marker, it has stood the test of time and continues to reach for the sky.


Earl said...

That's a striking cross but it takes some dedicated souls to clip that many daffodils blooms.

Often traditions take on a life of their own and the longer they've been upheld the stronger the drive to continue them.

I like traditions--they provide an anchor to the past and core values.

Amy said...

How beautiful! I love the symbolism in your photos: One shows death in its grayest colors, and the other vividly shouts, "New life!"