The Religious Meaning of the Fleur-de-lis

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What is the religious meaning of the fluer-de-lis?

We see the fleur-de-lis symbol everywhere. It is often used in famous art and architecture, particularly in Catholic churches. It is the logo for the New Orleans Saints football team as well as many other sports teams at the college and high school level. It is a part of the Boy Scouts logo. It can be found on fences, on wall paper, and in clothing. But what is its origin and meaning?

Although it may not be obvious in its traditional design, the fleur-de-lis is a stylized flower. "Fleur" means "flower" in French and "lis" means "lily." In fact, the symbol was often used throughout history to refer to the French monarchy. The symbol is also closely linked to the city of Florence in Italy.

Its religious origin and meaning is attached to the Blessed Virgin Mary, her husband St. Joseph, or the Blessed Trinity.

In classic artwork depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary, she is either holding a white flower or white flowers appear nearby. These flowers are symbols of her purity as virgin and Mother of God. The symbol of the white lily flower is particularly prevalent in art depicting the Annunciation.

St. Joseph, Mary's most-chaste spouse, is also often depicted with a white lily nearby to express his purity as well.

The stylized design of three flower pedals connected at the bottom allows this symbol to represent the Blessed Trinity as well: one God, three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

It's worth noting that St. Joan of Arc is almost always shown with the fleur-de-lis, but this is because she was fighting for the kingdom of France.




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If you travel to France, especially to Château de Versailles, you'll see a lot of Fleur de lys, also mainly known the favorite flower of King Clovis of France

Author — Christophe Michael Clarence


I've always attributed the religious use of the fleur de lis as a symbol of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

IMO it also looks like a natural artistic rendering of the Cross.

Author — Hocus Pocus Focus


It's also a symbol of the north and immaculate conception (hence it's link to Mary). Sometimes the lilly or another flower is used in a myth as to what caused a virgin's pregnancy. Look up older compass roses or compasses and sometimes the northern spoke has this symbol on it. That gets into northern symbolism which is another topic of conversation. Great video, thanks.

Author — robotplague


I just returned from the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. Of course there Fleur de Lis, is depicted everywhere. I also read that the Fleur de Lis, is in the Court of Arms of the French Royalty. A Gold Fleur de Lis, against a blue background. I am glad I saw your video, because it provided me with additional information, thank you!

Author — Mary Jane Cornielle


The Fleur-de-Lis, is also found a great deal in The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California. It adorns the wood railings, Tiffany stained glass windows, and laminae wall paper . For the creator of the house, Sarah Winchester believed it symbolized the Blessed Trinity. The connection of mind, body and Soul/ Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
As a child, I was entranced by the numbers of this beautiful flower in the house. A 160 Victorian mansion, that my grandparents were the live-in caretakers and managers of the Winchester House for 36 years. I spent every summer of my childhood and my teen years. After graduating from High School, I became a tour guide there, and my tours marvelled at the presense of this symbol of purity, courage and strength placed throughout the house.

Author — Rev. Kaelene Lord


My childhood home had a fleur-de-lis on the bottom of the stairs, the large post (not sure what it's called), and also had some wheat underneath.

The story goes in my family that it either used to be a church or a convent before they bought the home. I know in the attic (we used it as bedrooms had what I assume used to be part of a bell, that was in the window frame, we eventually had them tied down because the wind would cause it to make loud knocking noises.

Author — rosemary j


Fleur de lis means ...
" the bloomed 2 petals on the side represent insight / enlightenment has been gained.
The middle bulb ready to explode represents " there is endless wisdom/ knowledge/ insight to be gained still is endless".The message is to keep seeking.

Author — Ramya Diaries


A guy I watch who does exorcisms, questioned a demon why it had possession of the person. This man didn't know what the Fleur de lis was at the time and had to look it up. Apperently the fleur-de-lis is the devil's flower according to this demon. The demon had authority over the person because this symbol was in her home. Symbols are a language for spirits. and shows your allegiance Acts 7:43, Amos 5:26. The star of remphan, Star of Saturn. Star of moloch...

Author — Travis Emigh


I was born in south america .I didnt have any notion about this flor .but I do remember being a little girl constantly drawing this symbol

Author — e Sh


I saw this symbol in a dream and then I saw it twice today on a much needed vacation after some corporate burnout at work. I feel the lord speaking to me through this symbol. Thanks for the education God Bless your life.

Author — Devon Steinke


The reference comes as well from the tub (molten sea) infront of the temple of God constructiled by solomon. Reference 2 chronicles ch 4 verse 5

Author — sai babu


I moved to Louisville and was so confused why the city chose the New Orleans Saints football team symbol for their city symbol.

Author — Outta Breth


This explains all the meanings of that.

Author — 8-Bit Emerald Enzo


Mary had other children, was a sinner as all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. Rom 3:23
Luke 1:38 - And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
As you can see, Mary says "Behold the handmaid of the Lord" this statement declares she needs and serves God, therefore needing a Savior.
Elevating Mary, praying to Mary, elevating or praying to Angels, Saints or the Dead. Is strictly forbidden in the Bible.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Author — Aver Life


Tartarian symbolism. I'll check these comments & see if other's picked up on this. The oldest architecture has these fluer-de-lis (commonly known as the Trinity obviously). Old maps show a "global" civilization & Tartaria & Moor is the biggest civilizations, circa who knows!? I do not trust much of anything historical. It's facades. Just like with architecture! Free for the taking by inheritors! Free-mason if you will.

I'm trying my hardest to not be deceived. Thanks for the added info. Blessings!

Author — William Mentalcase Masterson


Can you help me please? I have been given a fleur de lis by God on a white jasper stone with symbolism on, of the two fish and the three crosses, St Peter's P/X, And the name of God in Nordic Hebrew. Orion's belt, the pope's hat.

Author — Marina Watson


why is it on the Sumerian tablets, also a pattern in Cymatics is on the birthing stone /potters wheel and might be connected to the star Polaris .

Author — Christine Din


Where did you get that reference from? No where in the bible scripture mentioned they represent the trinity or Mary and Joseph...?

Author — lookoutkiki


This Flower has nothing to do with Satan.. God created all the horticulture of the world and Everything he made was good..
This is not a devils flower, people are just ignorant

Author — Winged Charriot


This is not French at all, it is ancient Iranian symbol of royalty. We sent the Iranian Alans to France to protect the last lands of Europe, namely Gaul region where France is within, from the invading Huns. Shapur the Great of the Sassanian dynasty sent his commanders Goar and Sangiban with thousands of Alan warriors to France, both those commanders later become the first two kings of France. Why would Iran do this? Iran saw itself back then around 400 A.D. as the sole protector guardian of the Aryan lands against the barbaric Asiatic armies of Attila that was sweeping across Europe.

Author — Mostafa Noor