Mary Garden--a place of rest, refuge and prayer
A project that is just getting started in the parish is the construction of a prayer and meditation garden on the parish property. The piece of ground has already been marked off and planting has begun. The next stage is to construct a fence and then get more plants and flowers in, to take advantage of the Spring weather. The main idea of the garden is to provide a place where we can sit quietly and admire aspects of God’s creation. The garden will be dedicated to Our Lord and His Mother—this follows an early Christian tradition called the “Mary Garden.” The flowers, trees and herbs that are planted have particular symbolic connotations. Red roses symbolize the blood of Christ, for example, and white roses the purity of the Theotokos.The illustration gives some idea of how the garden may look in a year or so.
The garden will also serve as a form of outreach. We hope that people in the greater Waterbury community will visit the garden, enjoy its quiet and beauty, and then perhaps be moved to see what the Orthodox Church is all about.
But the garden also provides us with an opportunity to work together and to contribute to this effort in any way we can. Help with actual planting and tending of plants would be greatly appreciated! Donations of plants and flowers, or donation of funds for the purchase of same are another way to contribute. (In lieu of a vigil candle, over the next few weeks you may want to contribute plants or flowers for the garden in memory of a departed loved one.) If you have any questions about the Prayer Garden, please speak to Father Walter. We look forward to your contributions in making this idea a reality!
Check the photo album page for ongoing updates on the Garden's progress.