In honor of Mother’s Day we celebrate our annual multi–generational Flower Communion and tell the story of its originator, Rev. Norbert Capek. Bring a flower per person to decorate the altar and take home a different blossom when you leave!
The Flower Communion is a uniquely UU ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert’s widow.
In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.
Celebrating the Flower Communion is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.