Last Sunday altars were ablaze for Pentecost with fiery red “tongues” of gladioli, smoldering tritomas, and sizzling gerberas, but Trinity Sunday will bring a very different approach to the altar flowers. I am a fan of all-white arrangements.  Did you know that the family request for all funeral flowers for Frank Sinatra was for all -white arrangements? (bit of useless trivia).  There is just something elegant about all-white flowers- and as one of my nun teachers at college once said, “Simplicity is the soul of elegance”.

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

Right now lily of the valley is out in abundance.  Perhaps a fragrant low bowl of these at the end of the aisle or in the narthex or entry would be an idea for Sunday.  Bridal wreath, a type of fluffy white spirea is now in full bloom in its cascading tendrils like a fountain.  Alas, white lilac has come and gone as Trinity is too late for it this year and the New England warm Spring has made everything bloom ahead of schedule.

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Don’t forget flowering trees! The Kousa (Cornus kousa) dogwood has just burst open here in Rhode Island and the sleek green leaves and creamy white stars look divine in brass vases. Nothing else is needed.  White is serene, cooling in humid summery weather, and quietly elegant at all times of year .  Do send us your images of white altar flower arrangements.  You will enjoy this version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate.