During the Toowoomba (Qld) annual Carnival of Flowers, Debby Birach-Mayer put together a thematic floral display in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Debby, who attends the Highfields church, is a master florist and runs the Flowers To Impress school of floristry. This is the fourth year that the school has made floral displays on scriptural themes in the cathedral for the festival.
The goal of the ministry is to bring people closer to God through a deeper understanding of His floral creation.
This year the floristry students each presented a floral design based on one of the “I am” sayings of Jesus, including ”I am the bread of life”, “I am the good shepherd” and “I am the living vine”.
Mrs Birach-Mayer herself decorated the aisles of the church and also the pulpit. Her main work was a presentation of the face of Jesus in bark and flowers on the left side of the altar.
Doing these displays has led Mrs Birach-Mayer into her ministry, which she has called “The Language of Flowers”. The goal of the ministry is to bring people closer to God through a deeper understanding of His floral creation.
Approximately 5000 people see these displays each year. This year Birach-Mayer was invited to speak in the cathedral for 25 minutes each day of the festival week to explain the meaning of each floral design and how Jesus can be relevant in our day-to-day lives.
Mrs Birach-Mayer has been asked to organise floral seminars in different towns across Australia and also in cities overseas. Her next appointment is in London later this year.