May the deep meaning symbolized in the green boughs of the season
Cause us to celebrate the promise of new life—a sign of the hope that in Christ all live forever,
Remind us of the power of Christ to heal the hurts of the body and soul,
Invite us to magnify God’s lasting covenant—the gift of Jesus Christ our Messiah.
And as we prepare for a new year may our daily activities reflect Christ’s incarnation.
The tradition of the hanging of the greens dates back to the Middle Ages in which Christians decked their sanctuary with the boughs of evergreens. This act symbolized the promise of life renewed and everlasting.
Balsam—eager anticipation Cedar—incorruptibility and healing Spruce—hope in adversity Pine—the meaning of eternal life Holly—to understand in such a way as to prophecy Juniper—protection Bay laurel—victory over death