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LILY

A symbol of purity. Virgin saints, e.g., St. Joseph, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Gertrude have a lily for their emblem. Signifying virginity, it is one of the primary symbols of Mary the Blessed Virgin, especially in the Annunciation scene.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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