Monday, November 28, 2016

Symbolism of the evergreen branches

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In yesterday's post we saw the new centerpieces being prepared in the cellar.
Today they are in place on the refectory tables.
And the first of the four big Advent candles is lit, on a bed of pine boughs.
One of the Sisters of Grandchamp explained to me that the branches are reminiscent of the palm and olive branches of the first Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, but because palm and olive trees do not grow here in Switzerland, the fragrant local evergreen boughs are used instead, now during the season of Advent. 
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6 comments:

Cloudia said...

How soul healing merely to "be" in this place with you via your sweet posts. Sweet and simple as a religious life.... <3

Anonymous said...

How kind that you are open to sharing the Christian customs that you are now in the midst of. I enjoy seeing all of the perspectives that you share on your blog--Jewish, Christian or Muslim. An opportunity to learn and grow. Thank you.
Farm Gal in Virginia

William Kendall said...

Good explanation.

Petrea Burchard said...

So simple and pretty.

jackie @ travelnwrite said...

I am so enjoying your posts from here as well; the peace and serenity comes through your words and photos!

Alice said...

Very peaceful photo.